How to spend the ultimate spring day in Denver

It's the perfect spring day in Denver–and you want to do all of the things. We get it—after dealing with bitter temps and piles and drifts of snow, we've got spring fever, too, and are so ready to get outside, sit on a patio, sip a cold brew, and explore the Mile High City. Here's how to live it up and spend the ultimate spring day in Denver.

Take a hike

Or a walk. Expansive acres of parks, both in the foothills and in the city, offer plenty of trails and paths for the serious hiker or the lackadaisical stroller. Our favorites include a sunrise hike around Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre, an early morning jaunt around the paved paths at City Park, or a go-as-far-as-you-want trek near the Flat Irons at Chautauqua Park in Boulder. Be sure to carry plenty of water and snacks to ward off any potential altitude sickness if you're a mile high newbie.

Sip a cold brew
You pick: coffee or beer—either way it's a win-win. For a rich, smooth cold brew coffee, check out Cherry Creek coffeehouse Aviano Coffee, or for the best of both worlds—coffee and beer—try the hops-infused cold brew from Corvus Coffee Roasters.

Denver is known for its craft brewing scene and with plenty of breweries around downtown, you'll be sure to find the perfect springtime ale on tap. Soak in the sunshine and sip a cold beer on the patios of Denver Beer Co or Station 26 Brewing Company, a former Park Hill neighborhood firehouse. If the suds make you hungry, grab a bite from the nearby local food trucks that hang around to satisfy your appetite.

Catch a glimpse of Dobby

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The surprise baby giraffe, Dobby, is making appearances for Denver Zoo visitors to ooh and ahh over his cuteness, and holy giraffe, he is just adorable. But Dobby isn't the only new baby this spring at the zoo. Miso-Chi is the first Fishing Cat to be born at the zoo, and the cub and its mama can be spotted in their exhibit at the Toyota Elephant Passage. The perfect spring day excursion, especially with kids in tow, the zoo's admission is just $17 for adults and $12 for children.

Join the crowd
From music festivals to art showcases, nearly every spring weekend in Denver is booked with an event. Fiesta during the Cinco de Mayo festival in Civic Center Park, lace up your sneakers to cheer on marathoners during the mid-May Colfax Marathon, rock out with other Denverites and tourists at a free music festival, Denver Day of Rock, in downtown, or attend the Denver Arts Festival at the end of May.

Patio party

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The best place to eat anywhere in Denver is on a patio, and there are plenty of outdoor dining options to soak in the sunshine for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. "Eatuary" Linger's rooftop patio features a city view and twinkling lights atop an old mortuary-turned-hip restaurant. Craving pizza? Grab a seat on the quaint cottage garden patio of Kaos Pizzeria. For a juicy burger, loaded fries, and a beer, sit outside at Park & Co in Denver's Uptown neighborhood.

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.