Pick Denver for your adventurous family spring break

It's spring break, and everyone from toddlers to teens to tired mamas has cabin fever. Your Instagram feed is flooded with photos of your neighbor's kids frolicking in the sand and the waves at some beach, but this spring, you'll be garnering the most likes with your pictures of your family's mile high adventure in Denver. From Rosie the tarantula to high-speed kart racing, here are six reasons to ditch the cliche beach vacation for an adventurous family spring break in Denver.

Bug out

Rosie the tarantula and 1,600 butterflies will impress your budding entomologist at the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster. Open daily and just 15 minutes from Denver, the Butterfly Pavilion houses over 5,000 animals and provides an educational and fun spring break adventure that your family will be buzzing about for days.

Play in the snow
The mountains are calling, and your family must go. Just a short trek up I-70 will lead you to amazing powder and the best spring skiing in the Rockies. Loveland Ski Area and Winter Park Resort are close enough to Denver so you won't get snarled in too much traffic, and are also reasonably priced for families. Just be sure to slather the SPF on everybody, so you can all avoid looking like a family of lost lobsters in the snow.

Get art smart

While it's not the most extreme Mile High adventure, the Denver Art Museum is the perfect place to take the family when there is inclement weather (March is Denver's snowiest month)! Make it an artful afternoon adventure exploring exquisite works of art from Monet to Warhol, as well as kid-friendly activities throughout the museum. Bonus: kids are free.

Satisfy your sweet tooth

Candy, candy, candy! For a saccharine adventure that's sweet for the whole family, visit Hammond's Candies, where they offer free tours of their factory. Hammond's creates candy canes, ribbon candy, caramels and lollipops by hand, and you can get all of the treats in the candy shop post-tour. Tours run every half hour, are free of charge, and don't require any reservation for groups under 10.

Take a hike
The Front Range is a magical land of trails to explore. Pack a picnic, snacks, and supplies and choose one of the many hikes within minutes of downtown Denver. Our favorites include Chautauqua Open Space Park near Boulder, Red Rocks in Morrison, and Dinosaur Ridge.

Need for speed

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Speeding around the track in a high performance kart is a thrilling experience. At Unser Karting & Events, adults and kids can race karts and get their adrenaline flowing. And you don't even have to worry about your little wannabe Al Unser—safety gear and driving lessons are provided for the inexperienced racers.

Ali Struhs grew up a spud in Eastern Idaho but was always bound for Denver, Colo. A freelance writer, blogger, and boy mom, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors, rocking out at Red Rocks, and chasing around her toddler.