Downtown Denver is essentially comprised of the Central Business District and the Lodo District. The latter is more officially known as the Lower Downtown District, and it is the oldest part of the city. Victorian homes and red-brick warehouses have been restored in Lodo, and also in nearby Larimer Square, and the district offers plenty of historical charm, not to mention a healthy collection of shops, restaurants, and clubs. As for the Central Business District, it is where the Downtown Denver skyscrapers climb into the sky, the tallest of which is the 714-foot Republic Plaza.
When looking for things to do in Downtown Denver, there will be no shortage of options. The Central Business District includes 16th Street, and this is where the renowned 16th Street Pedestrian Mall can be found. Numerous shops line the streets of this trendy strip, and it is also home to restaurants, bars, and clubs. Other main streets in the Central Business District include 17th and 18th streets, and they are home to some of the best Downtown Denver hotels, including the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. Framing part of the Central Business District is Broadway Avenue on the east and Colfax Avenue to the south. Some of the best Denver attractions can be found off of Colfax Avenue, and they include the U.S. Mint, the Denver Art Museum, and the Colorado Capitol Building.
Towards Lodo along Speer Boulevard, those who are looking for major Downtown Denver attractions will eventually encounter the spectacular Denver Center for the Performing Arts. This impressive venue covers about four blocks in the heart of the Downtown District, making it one of the largest venues of its kind in the country. For those who are hoping to catch some Denver shows, this is the top venue in town, offering more than 10,000 seats in its ten different performance spaces. Due north of the Center for the Performing Arts is where the charming and historic Larimer Square can be found. As is true of the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall, Larimer Square is one of the best spots in Downtown Denver for shopping, dining, nightlife, and all around entertainment.
Some more excellent Downtown Denver attractions unfold in the Lodo District to the near northwest of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. These attractions include Elitch Gardens and the Children's Museum. These are two of the best family attractions in Denver, the former being a relatively large urban amusement park and the latter being an excellent place for kids to get insight into the world around them. The Downtown Denver Aquarium can also be found in this part of Lodo, only adding to the list of things to do in Downtown Denver.
As is true of many cities, Denver always seems to be evolving. New hotels, shops, clubs, and restaurants have been added to the picture in recent years, and there is almost always talk of more to come. The Downtown Denver attractions offer something for everyone, and this helps to make the district a popular base for Colorado vacations. The downtown hotels include some fantastic lodging options, helping to make this district a hot place to be. When guests at these hotels aren't enjoying some nightlife in Lodo, some shopping on 16th Street, or a good meal at one of the Larimer Square restaurants, they can always venture into other parts of town, visit nearby cities like Aurora and Lakewood, or venture into the Rocky Mountains to the near west.