It’s just about summer time — school is out, your kids (or even just you) are looking for something to do. Sometimes it can be hard to come up with new and fun activities, and to feel like there is nothing exciting around where you live. I definitely know how that feels — sometimes it just seems like it would be easier to pack up and go somewhere new and exciting.
However, I think that every area has something interesting to offer, and you may not even realize it exists! I always enjoy seeking out lesser-known attractions. Since we are staying in Denver this summer, I have decided to find some fun activities in the area and share them with you. So if you are from Denver, or just coming to visit, hopefully this series will help you plan out something fun to do. Some of the activities will be more well-known, and some will hopefully be some hidden treasures.
So, first on the list, is a literal small town — Tiny Town, Colorado.
Nestled in the mountains near Denver, Tiny Town is a miniature village, which features hundreds of the most intricately decorated buildings. There’s everything from school houses, to mansions and airports, to a Home Depot!
One of the highlights of our visit was the railroad train. I wasn’t convinced at first that I wanted to pay the $2 fee, but as I look back on it, it was one of my favorite parts, and it was definitely worth it. The ride is about 10 minutes long, but it takes you to a part of the town that you can only see by train — which, coincidentally (or maybe not) has some of the best buildings.
When we were finished looking at all the houses, we ended up at a little park, where the kids had a blast playing. There were benches and tables and we also had a delicious picnic. You can bring in your own food, which is a definite plus. Tiny Town also has a concession stand with food as well, and a souvenir shop.
Just for fun, here is one of my favorite houses in Tiny Town:
Tiny Town is a fun little adventure that people of all ages can enjoy. I went with some of my parents, some of my siblings, and their children, and everyone had a good time. The kids loved running from house to house, and the adults enjoyed checking out all the intricacies of the village. It’s also perfect when you want an activity to occupy 1 to 2 hours, and plenty of room to run and play.
Even though I grew up in the area, I only ever went to Tiny Town once, and that was when I was very young. In fact, the only memory I had of it was that a little man jumped out of one of the houses and said in a very scary voice to my big brother and I, “Get out of my house!”
In case you were wondering, no, it was not his house. No one actually lives in Tiny Town!
Tiny Town costs $5 to get in, though children under two are free. If you really love it, they even have season passes. The train ride is $2, and I highly recommend. Most of the year, it is only open on the weekends, but from Memorial Day to Labor Day, it’s open every day. It is located near Morrison, Colorado, and more information can be found here.