Beat the Heat

From patios with misters to cooling spa treatments, find the best summertime retreats in Denver.

Updated: April 28, 2006

Ways to Keep Cool in Denver


Water World

1800 W 89th Ave, Denver, CO 80260

From giant wave pools to heart-stopping water slides, this Hyland Hills water park pumps four million gallons of water-soaked fun.


Cap City Tavern

1247 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204

The patio mister and ice-cold beer keep this Golden Triangle destination cool and popular in the hot summer afternoons.


Platte River Bar & Grill

5995 S Santa Fe Dr, Littleton, CO 80120

The wraparound patio overlooking the Platte is a perfect place to enjoy a microbrew on a cool summer evening.


Govnr's Park

672 Logan St, Denver, CO 80203

The covered patio helps, but it's the tasty Cheesman group-sized cocktail that really beats the summer heat.


My Brother's Bar

2376 15th St, Denver, CO 80202

The dense tree shade on this historic patio will help you forget you're in the middle of LoDo on a sweaty afternoon.


Bonnie Brae Ice Cream

799 S University Blvd, Denver, CO 80209

Denver's longtime favorite local ice cream shop is just the ticket to a midsummer cool-down.


Confluence Kayaks LLC

2373 15th St Unit B, Denver, CO 80202

Rent a kayak and spend the day splashing down the Platte River.


More Seasonal Denver Favorites


Elitch Gardens

2000 Elitch Cir, Denver, CO 80204

Sure, the 'coasters are awesome, but it's the huge water park that'll keep you cool this summer.


City Park

E 18th Ave, Denver, CO 80205

This one-stop summer destination includes paddleboats on Ferril Lake, music at the bandshell and the Denver Zoo.