Whether you are a local or a tourist visiting the Denver Front Range area a great way to learn more about the area and have a little bit of fun.  Some of the tours around Denver even give out samples!!

Here is a great list of Free and Cheap tours that we have found in the Denver Front Range area.  Please be sure to check before going though because some require reservations and days and hours vary.

MillerCoors — 13th & Ford St. (Southeast corner of the visitor parking lot), Golden, 303-277-BEER

This tour typically ranges from $5 to $10.  The Coors brewery has been around since 1873.  The tour shows the history of the company and also the passion they have for brewing.  The tour includes a 30-minute self-paced tour showing the malting, brewing and packaging processes.  Once you are done with the tour, they do give out some samples in the “fresh beer room”.

 

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Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey — 200 S. Kalamath St., Denver, 303-296-7440

This is a great FREE tour for the 21 and older crowd.  We do suggest reservations for this one.  The tour is about an over and provides a great overview of the company and a guided tour that takes you through the production brew house, still house and rack house.  You will also get a sample of Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. All guests are required to have a valid ID with proof of age.

 

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Hammond’s Candies — 5735 N. Washington St., Denver, 303-333-5588

This tour is 100% FREE!!  Have you ever wondered how candy is made?  Then this is the perfect tour for you.  In this tour, you are able to see how the famous handcrafted candy canes, ribbon candy, and lollipops are made just like they were made back in 1920.  This is the only location where guests can see how this famous candy is made.

 

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Celestial Seasonings — 4600 Sleepytime Dr., Boulder, 303-530-5300

This is a fun FREE tour.  You are able to see the production of the famous Celestial Seasonings Tea and check out the peppermint room which is really cool.  You will also be able to sample some great tea and grab some from the gift shop when you are done.  The tour does run daily, except major holidays.

 

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The U.S. Denver Mint — 320 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303-405-4761

What a great FREE tour.  Have you ever wondered the history of the US Mint and how coins and other currency are made?  Then this tour is one that you want to take.  This tour doesn’t offer samples though.  Be sure to check the hours on this tour because they can vary.  The guided tour lasts about 45 minutes.

 

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Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre — 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy., Morrison, 720-865-2494

This isn’t an official tour but a great place to create your own tour and it is FREE.  Red Rock is a world-famous outdoor theater.  The park is open from May to September from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and October to April from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The views alone are worth the trip.  Just be sure to check the concert schedule because during concert dates the venue usually closes after lunch for set-ups.

 

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The Governor’s Residence at the Boettcher Mansion — 400 E. 8th Ave., Denver, 303-866-5344

This is a fun FREE tour that allows you to visit the elegant house known as “Colorado’s Home”.  It was built in 1908 as a private residence.  In 1960 the home became available for use by the Governor as a home and for official Governor’s functions.  Tour times are limited so please call first, last time we checked they were only running on Tuesday afternoons and are about 45 minutes log.

 

 

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Colorado State Capitol Building Historical Tour — Enter at Colfax & Sherman, Denver, 303-866-2604

 The tour of the Capital Building is a great FREE tour.  This tour starts on the first floor of the Capital building and takes you through early Colorado history, Capital constructions, beautiful stained-glass windows and beautiful tapestry along with Presidential portraits.  Tours are offered Monday through Friday from 10 am – 3 pm, but be sure to check before planning.

 

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National Center for Atmospheric Research — 1850 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder, 303-497-1000

Have you ever wanted to learn more about weather, climate and solar science?  You can for FREE at NCAR.  This is a great tour with a lot of interactive exhibits and neat displays like hailstorms and mini tornados.  You will also learn how lightning is created.  Public guided tours are offered Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at noon. On weekdays check out a tablet containing audio and video for your own tour. Or use your cell phone to tour at your own pace. Both tablet and cell phone tours offer adult and children’s versions. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, weekends and holidays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., but without Visitor Center staff on weekends.

 

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 The Brown Palace Hotel — 321 17th St., Denver, 1-800-321-2599

This is a great tour to learn the stories and history of the hotel and also about events that have shaped history.  The tour is only $15.  You do need reservations for this tour and you can make them at their website.  This hotel is full of grace and grandeur and is one of Denver’s most elegant hotels.  Tours last about 75 minutes and the last time we checked were offered on Wednesday’s and Saturdays.  The tours are small though and kids must be 10 years or older to attend.

 

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Pepsi Center — 1000 Chopper Cir., Denver, 303-405-8556

Have you ever wanted to visit an arena when there were no events taking place and see what it looks like behind the scenes?  This tour allows you to do this.  Last we checked it was about $5 – $10 for this tour.  You are able to get an all-access VIP tour to see things from behind the scenes and learn how they convert from a hockey rink to a basketball court.   Be sure to call for dates and times.

 

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Coors Field — 2001 Blake St., Denver, 303-ROCKIES

Do you love baseball?  Why not take a tour of Coors Field.  Last we checked it was $6 – $9 for this tour.  You will cover about a mile during this tour.  You will be able to check out the Visitor’s Clubhouse (unavailable day before, day of and the day after Rockies home games), Press Level, Club Level, Suite Level, and Concourse areas.  The tours are typically held available Monday through Saturday during the season and Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday during the off-season and last about 80 minutes.

 

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Broncos Stadium at Mile High –1701 Bryant St., Denver, 720-258-3888

Are you a huge Bronco Fan?  Why not take a tour to see behind the scenes that the public normally doesn’t see.  This tour last time we checked was in the $12- $15 range.  The tour is about 90 minutes and is about ½ mile in distance.  On the tour you will typically get to see the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum, Executive Suites, United Club Level, NFL Visiting Team Locker Room Facilities, Keg Room, Thunder’s Stall, Team Field Entrance Tunnel, Field Level from the End Zone Area, Network Television Production Compound and TV & Radio Broadcast Facilities & Writing Press Center.

 

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Denver Center For the Performing Arts — 1400 Curtis St., Denver, 303-893-4100

Do you love the theater?  Why not explore backstage at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, the world’s largest performance facility under one roof?  This tour was $8 the last time we checked. The four-block, the 12-acre site is home to the Theatre Company and Broadway tours, as well as the Colorado Ballet, Colorado Symphony, and Opera Colorado. Tours start at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Saturdays.  The tour runs about 90 minutes and you will be able to see backstage, the dressing rooms, stages and more.

 

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