From its early beginnings during the Gold Rush era, The Mile High City has always been a gathering place for diverse and creative people. Today, Denver is an outdoor city with a vibrant, walkable downtown offering urban adventures for all ages. Within a one-mile radius, you can kayak on the Platte River; explore some of the city's best museums; shop at art galleries and boutiques; see a Broadway touring show; enjoy live music; ride a rollercoaster or cool off in a water park; and experience exciting professional sports. Downtown is also home to many of Denver's top farm-to-table restaurants and innovative craft breweries, and the Denver Beer Trail is a great guide to sampling those local brews.
Downtown's free 16th Street Mall shuttle makes it even easier to get around. Visit Larimer Square and the newly renovated Denver Union Station in historic Lower Downtown (Lodo), where Victorian buildings now house restaurants, galleries, shops, bars, brewpubs and coffee houses, or head to Denver Pavilions where you'll find shops, restaurants, bars and a movie theater.
You can also discover Denver's neighborhoods by bike, thanks to the B-cycle bike-sharing program and don't miss the chance for a photo with everyone's favorite Blue Bear public art sculpture greeting visitors at the Colorado Convention Center. See more of this neighborhood through the Downtown Denver Itinerary or map.
Public Art: Established in 1988, the Public Art Program stipulates that 1 percent of any capital improvement project over $1 million undertaken by the City be set aside for the inclusion of public art in the design and construction of these projects. Notable pieces include the Blue Bear, "I See What You Mean," at the Colorado Convention Center, the Blue Mustang at Denver International Airport and the Bucking Bronco in Civic Center Park.
All information from; http://www.denver.org/about-denver/denver-neighbor...