HECMA’s (More than) Five for Friday: Fun Things You Can’t Miss in Denver

As most of you know, this year’s HECMA Roundtable will be in the beautiful Denver, CO. We touched base with some of our wonderful case managers who are involved in the planning and currently live in the area to get some ideas for things that you cannot miss during your down-time when you join us this year!

Don’t forget–May 30th is the last day to register for the roundtable! Visit HECMA Conference to learn more and to register.

  1. Red RocksRed Rocks has tons of things to do, from hiking to concerts, all while enjoying an amazing view! For those of you who love the outdoors this is the place for you.
  2. Botanic GardensThe Denver Botanic Gardens has tours, concerts, and a science pyramid. Take a stroll and enjoy the beautiful scenery during some of your down-time at the roundtable.
  3. Rockies GameAre you a sports fan? The Colorado Rockies will be playing home games at the tail end of the conference for those who want to enjoy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks!
  4. Comedy WorksComedy Works is located right near campus and hosts comedians both new and famous every night of the week.
  5. Union StationUnion Station is a 100-year old historic landmark that houses shops, bars, and restaurants. They offer high-end food choices to those that are simple and quick and there is a beautiful “indie” bookstore for you readers visiting the area.
  6. Elitch Gardens Theme ParkDo you love roller coasters and water rides? Then Elitch Gardens Theme Park is for you! There are thrill rides and family rides, so everyone should be able to find something that meets their comfort level.
  7. Denver Art MuseumCurrent exhibitions include contemporary art and an upcoming Western exhibit just in time for the roundtable–tickets are only $13 and there is so much to see!
  8. Denver Museum of Nature & ScienceThe Denver Museum of Nature & Science has an IMAX theater, planetarium, and there is currently an exciting new Vikings exhibit! For those of you going solo and those who may have family tagging along, this is a fun option to spend some of your free time.
  9. Molly Brown HouseAccording to its website, “Historic Denver’s Molly Brown House Museum is among the most visited historic sites in the state of Colorado, and one of only a handful of sites nationally dedicated to the interpretation of a woman’s story.” The cost is $11 for adults and $9 for teachers and educators, so bring along your university ID!
  10. BreweriesIf there is one thing Denver is famous for, it is all of the amazing breweries! The city is frequently ranked as one of the top cities for craft beer–touch base with some of our amazing hosts at the roundtable and find out their favorite places to go and where you can get the hoppiest IPA or best hefeweizen around town.