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Deathly Dares: 17 Unusual Things To Do In Denver - Updated 2020

Deathly Dares: 17 Unusual Things To Do In Denver
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Having developed from a sprawl of natural sights, the rugged silhouettes of the Rocky Mountain still remains as a memorable landmark of Denver, Colorado. Amidst towering structures of modern apartments and a rising culinary scene, you may hear the occasional whispers about odd architecture and places rumoured to be more than what they seem. Check out these 17 unusual things to do in Denver. There’s some seriously spooky stuff ahead, so look away if you have a weak heart!

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1. Touring the mysterious Denver International Airport

Upon driving past the Denver International Airport (DIA), one can’t help but shudder under the steely watch of the Blue Mustang — the disconcerting crimson gaze is unsettling, to say the least, but did you know that the artist Luis Jiménez actually passed away while sculpting the figure as the head of the horse fell on him?

Completed in 2008 by his sons, the Blucifer isn’t the only thing that may send shivers down your spine. If you explore the interior of DIA, you will find a number of murals titled “Children of the World Dream of Peace”, where the odd depiction of a narrative about world peace seems just a tad bit ominous. Threatened by a soldier wearing gas masks, the stern figure has often been pointed out by theorists that they resemble those of Nazi officials, and children all around the world are seen giving up their weapons after a vivid re-enactment of a solar flare on canvas, with a peaceful resolution of everyone living happily ever after.

The end? Not quite.

Look down from your plane window while descending and you may just notice that the 4 main runways seem to form the vague outline of a swastika. Along with that, have a look at the airport’s dedication plaque near the entrance of the airport. Said to be built above a time capsule to be opened in 2094 (what?), the airport thanked it’s sponsors but one name stands out: The New World Airport Commission. After some digging around, you can see why this airport has been subjected to thousands of conspiracy theories since it’s opening — there are no known records of the New World Airport Commission — so the real question is, does it actually exist? Dun dun dun

Denver International Airport

Website: DIA

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2. Deprive your senses at the Denver Flotation Center

Relax by floating
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Forget the usual massage and aroma therapies, how about trying lucid dreaming for once? Here at the Denver Flotation Center, all customers get a private tank where you are suspended in total silence within an oasis of salt water. Saturated with Epsom salts, which are known to have healing properties, the effects are similar to those of the Dead Sea, where you can lay half suspended for a soothing effect and let your subconscious mind wander. Bring your own audio CDs if you’d like an additional touch of zen!

Denver Flotation Center

Address: 1299 W. Littleton Blvd, Littleton, CO 80120

Price: from 65 USD

Opening Hours: By appointment only

Contact: 720-295-7168

Website: Denver Flotation Center

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3. Catch a whiff of fresh air at the SunSpa Oxygen Bar

Breathe Oxygen Bar at Venetian
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A common complaint from tourists returning from a hike from the Rocky Mountains is how strapped for breath they feel — the sudden change in altitude is not something that everyone can easily adjust to. Fret not though, this oxygen bar has got your back! Choose from a variety of flavours — grape, blueberry and strawberry are some of the most popular ones. Said to bring about many health benefits especially for those with asthma, the calming effects from the surge of oxygen lasts even after you leave. Thus, this one of the most unique things to do in Denver.

Sunspa Oxygen Bar

Address: 1057 S Wadsworth Blvd, ‪Lakewood, CO 80226‬ (303) 989-3656

Price: $15 for 20 minutes

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 9 am-10 pm Sat: 10 am-9 pm | Sun: 12 pm-6 pm

Website: Sunspa Oxygen Bar

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4. Witness a murder unfold in front of your eyes whilst feasting on dinner

Do Not Cross, Crime Scene
Source: Photo by user Yumi Kimura used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Here at the Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show, Saturday nights are crime-buster nights! Non-costumed actors will take on the role of the regular diner, and before you can even dig into that delicious medium-rare rib eye, a shrill scream will alert you to the bloody corpse near you and that is when the fun starts! The detective will start uncovering clues and even interrogate unsuspecting customers, bringing the audience interaction level to a new high.

Try to keep up with all the twists and turns — the first person to solve the murder before the detective walks away with a customised prize package!

Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show

Address: 1420 Stout Street, Denver, CO 80202

Price: from 14.95 USD

Opening Hours: 6 pm to 8.40 pm

Website: Dinner Detective Murder Mystery Dinner Show

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5. Get a taste of death at Linger Eatuary

Soy Garlic Glazed Korean Fried Cauliflower
Source: Photo by Flickr user Joy used under CC BY 2.0

Photo is only for illustrative purposes

From afar, the bright sign of Olinger Mortuaries are as clear as day, and certainly a place that most people wouldn’t want to step foot in. However, upon closer inspection, the “O” is actually turned off with a clumsy scribble changing the words “mortuary” into “eatuary” instead. Yup, welcome to Linger Eatuary, where fragrant delicacies are garnished with a light sprinkle of death.

Those looking for obscure things to do in Denver will be interested in dining at Linger Eatuary. Converted from what used to be the largest mortuary business in Denver, the chunky metal conveyor belts that were used to transport bodies have since been converted to glass-topped tables and drinks are served from medicine bottles — talk about memento mori!

Linger Eatuary

Address: 2030 w. 30th ave., denver colorado 80211

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: Differing hours for brunch, lunch and dinner on weekdays and weekends. Check the website for more information

Website: Linger Eatuary

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6. Treat your dogs to a snack!

Little Man Ice Cream
Source: Photo by user Jeramey Jannene used under CC BY 2.0

After all that talk of death, how about something light for your palate? Located on a little hill in the Highlands, Little Man Ice Cream is the place to be if you’d like to enjoy a day off with your canine friend! Bring your the next time you’re indulging in a sweet treat, and the shop attendant will provide water to go with a tasty milk bone. Although your furry friend can’t indulge in the wonderful creation that is gelato with you, we’re sure that he or she will be more than happy to feast on a treat!

Little Man Ice Cream

Address: 2620 16th St. Denver, CO 80211

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: 11 am-10 pm

Website: Little Man Ice Cream

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7. Paranormal perils: hang out at Cheesman Park

Serene sights
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What a peaceful Sunday afternoon, huh? Don’t let the abundance of greenery fool you! Underneath the nesting birds and flourishing trees lies about 2,000 unclaimed bodies deep in slumber. Originally called Mount Prospect, the park used to be a cemetery in the 18th century. Due to the overcrowding of bodies, there were orders from the City Hall to remove the corpses — but rumour has it that the fallen ghouls were having none of it, and in turn voiced their dissatisfaction by knocking on doors in the wee hours of the night, with residents even reporting that they heard low moans coming from the hallowed grounds.

Because of all the disturbances, the removal of bodies was stopped and the gaping hole was instead filled. Today, the beautiful flora and fauna betray none of the ghastly truth underneath its soils, adding an eerie touch to your afternoon stroll.

Cheesman Park

Address: 8th Ave & Franklin St, Denver, CO 80206

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8. Visit the home of Titanic survivor Molly Brown

Molly Brown House, Denver, Colorado
Source: Photo by user Ken Lund used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Surviving the infamous sinking of the Titanic back in 1912, listen to the story of how Molly Brown survived the disaster. Visitors to her former house, which is now a museum, can take a look at how Molly Brown’s legacy lived on as an avid feminist who fought for women’s rights.

Molly Brown House Museum

Address: 1340 Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80203

Price: from 5 USD

Opening Hours: Hours vary depending on seasons. Check website for more info

Website: Molly Brown House Museum

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9. Visit the National Velvet on Highland Bridge

Highland Bridge
Source: Photo by user Jeffrey Beall used under CC BY-ND 2.0

Don’t be fooled by the elegant sculpture resembling a melted Christmas Tree; the gooey-looking sculpture was commissioned for a whopping $50,000 by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs. Earning itself quite a name, the artwork has had a range of endearing nicknames bestowed upon it, from “Wet Salami” to “Tower of Power”, it’s a sight you must see for yourself, especially at night when it lights up, to determine if it’s art — or not. This is certainly one of the best things to do in Denver in the night for free.

National Velvet

Address: 16th Street Pedestrian Bridge

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10. Hang out at the atmospheric Mayan Theatre

MayanRevivalDenver
Source: Photo by user Carptrash used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Venture beyond the intricately preserved exterior to see the ancient Mayan-Revival art style within the building. The theatre shows an up-to-date selection of films along with the occasional indie flick. Perfect for a different kind of Sun-date, skip the long queues at the cinemas and spend a relaxing afternoon chilling out with the remnants of ancient gods all around you.

Mayan Theatre

Address: 110 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203, USA

Price: from 8.50 USD

Operating Hours: Varies by day, generally opens 30-minutes before first screening time and closes 30-minutes after last screening time.

Website: Mayan Theatre

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11. Live as Alice in Wonderland for a day in Tiny Town

Tiny Town Colorado
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Filled with over 100 miniature houses ⅙ the size of real-life structures, see the colourful world of Wonderland through Alice’s eyes without the use of potions here in Tiny Town!

Tiny Town

Address: 6249 S Turkey Creek Rd, Morrison, CO 80465, USA

Price: from 2 USD

Opening Hours: 10 am - 5 pm

Website: Tiny Town

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12. Blaze at Colorado’s Cannabis Tour

Marijuana growing field
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Every day is 4/20 here on Colorado Cannabis Tour, where the legal industry is open for public participation. As one of the crazy things to do in Denver, you can enjoy a diverse range of activities here - from vape-friendly rooms to witnessing the growth of cannabis plants. You may even get to bring samples of your favourite varieties back home!

Colorado's Cannabis Tour

Address: Denver, CO 80210, USA

Price: from 24 USD

Opening Hours: Admission is via booking only. Visit website for more information

Website: Colorado’s Cannabis Tour

From Denver: A Complete Cannabis Tour

Duration: 2 hour

4 reviews

13. Face your fears at Denver’s legendary haunted house

13th Floor Haunted House San Antonio
Source: Photo by Flickr user Nan Palmero used under CC BY 2.0

Located on the 13th floor of an old manor, pay a visit to the 13th Floor Haunted House. Visitors can pay their last respects to the supernatural oddities who have made this their home — if you can make it out alive, that is! Also, this just so happens to be the 13th listing in this article. Coincidence? We think not.

13th Floor Haunted House

Address: 4120 Brighton Blvd, Denver, CO 80216

Price: from 19.99 USD

Opening Hours: Varies from day to day. Refer to website for more information

Website: 13th Floor Haunted House

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14. Ballin’ in hard cash at the Denver Money Museum

Notes dating back to 915

What’s better than a completely free exhibition? Getting cash upon entering this museum! Although shredded (boo), the bag of cash is a unique souvenir of the different generations of money featured in this museum. You can even create your own dollar bill by using the photo booth in the interior!

Denver Money Museum

Address: 1020 16th Street Denver, Colorado 80202

Price: Free

Opening Hours: 9:30 am-4 pm Closed on weekends

Website: Denver Money Museum

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15. Complete your Hogwarts back-to-school outfit at The Wizard’s Chest

Harry Potter items
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Photo is only for illustrative purposes

By now, your Hogwarts acceptance letter should’ve reached you. Bring along a touch of Muggle to the famous wizarding school by completing your wizard makeover at The Wizard’s Chest clothing store.

The Wizard's Chest

Address: 230 Fillmore Street, Denver, Colorado 80206

Price: from 10 USD

Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 10 am-7 pm Sunday: 10 am-5:30 pm

Website: The Wizard’s Chest

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16. Be amazed at BEYOND Light Show & Meditation

Laser light show
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Photo is only for illustrative purposes

Denver is home to many unusual places, including a church dedicated to cannabis. And in International Church of Cannabis, visitors of all faiths are welcome to attend a guided meditation session that is accompanied by a unique laser, lights and music show. The show comprises bright imagery, graphics and lights projected onto the ceiling of the church, and with beautiful music, the meditation experience here is not only unique but also sublime. And no cannabis consumption is required during this show, making it suitable for everyone.

BEYOND Light Show & Meditation

Address: The International Church of Cannabis, 400 S Logan St, Denver, CO 80209-1817

Opening hours: Mon: 12pm - 6pm; Tue - Thu: 1pm - 2pm; Fri: 12pm - 6pm (closed on Sat & Sun)

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17. Embark on a Foothills Explorer Tour from Denver (from USD 69.0)

For a quick getaway from the city, consider going on a Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver. This half-day tour is perfect for exploring all the sights just outside the city, including Lookout Mountain, Red Rocks Amphitheater and Lariat Loop. Take in gorgeous 360-degree views, stop for coffee or wine-tasting in the historic town of Evergreen or sit back and enjoy the lovely views. This is a small group tour that offers complete attention from your guide.

Foothills Explorer Tour From Denver

Duration: 4 hours

10 reviews

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Piqued your interest yet?

There’s no such thing as boring when you’re in Denver. The Mile-High City has so many urban legends surrounding it, and rather than just reading about it, why not pay a visit there yourself? Perhaps you will have a new story to tell when you’re back!

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Crystal is a curious child, who loves exploring Singapore in her free time with a camera in hand. Her street photography subjects often include unaware strangers, uncommon architecture, and...Read more

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