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A Day in Lakewood

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The spectacular beauty of the nature and outdoors, the booming art and cultural scene, the lively nightclubs and the numerous sophisticated restaurants, all this and more make Lakewood a great place to visit at least once. So, if you need a break from your daily routine, map out a plan for a trip to Lakewood, CO. And to help make your trip a memorable one, we’ve chalked out a 24-hour itinerary for you that cover a little bit of everything Lakewood embraces. 

Lakewood Itinerary
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8:00am- Morning Stroll at Addenbrooke Park!

An early morning walk/jog in the fresh air amidst nature at the Addenbrooke Park is your first activity of the 24 hours in Lakewood. It is a serene and calm introduction to Lakewood. The Addenbrooke Park encompasses several acres of land with wide range of facilities. The park features ample green spaces, picnic areas, courts for tennis and basketball, a playground, baseball fields, walking paths, BBQ grills and restrooms.  Mosey around the park, connect with nature and you can even test your mettle at the basketball, baseball and tennis areas. 

Address: 600 South Kipling Parkway, Lakewood, CO 80226, USA
Phone: 1 303-987-7800
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 5:00am-10:00pm


9:00am- Breakfast at The French Press!

Power up with hearty breakfast at The French Press. The French Press serves up bespoke breakfast items along with fair-trade organic brewed coffee. The menu is filled with sandwiches, salads, veggies, French toasts, pancakes and other bakery items. Everything on the menu is mouth-watering and worth your every penny. The atmosphere is bright and vibrant and the service is friendly. You’ll find freshness, texture and taste in the food served here. 

Address: 7323 W Alaska Drive, Lakewood, CO 80226, USA
Phone: 1 303-984-5447
Operating hours: Monday: 6:30am-3:00pm; Tuesday to Friday: 6:30am-9:00pm; Saturday: 7:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 7:00am-3:00pm
Distance and Time from Addenbrooke Park: 1.8miles or 6minutes drive via W Alameda Avenue

10:00am- Delve deep into the Lakewood past at Lakewood Heritage Center!

After you’ve fueled up, head to the Lakewood Heritage Center that features the history of Lakewood, Colorado and the Jefferson County through engaging exhibits and thousands of artifacts. It also houses ten historic structures, 3000 historical photos and an outdoor amphitheatre.  Many nationally and internationally recognized artists showcase their talent at the center. Highlights include 1870s farmhouse, 1920s one-room school, and artifacts on military life, business and technology, lifestyle, culture and personal items. The center also hosts the popular annual Cider Days Harvest Festival. A perfect place to catch a glimpse of the nineteenth and twentieth century lifestyles, changes, innovations and developments in Lakewood.

Address: 801 S Yarrow Street, Lakewood, CO 80226, USA
Phone: 1 303-987-7850
Operating hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00am-4:00pm
Distance and Time from The French Press: 0.7miles or 3minutes drive via So Wadsworth Blvd

11:00am- Immerse in local art and culture at Lakewood Cultural Center!

If local art and culture fascinates you, Lakewood Culture Center is the place for you. The Lakewood Cultural Center spanning about 38,000 square foot space features, an auditorium that can accommodate 320 people, gallery spaces, a lobby space, a community and art classrooms. You catch a great performance of theatre, dance, films and music at the auditorium and browse through the wide variety of art exhibitions that depict the art and culture of the area at the gallery spaces housed in the center.

Address: 470 S Allison Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80226, USA
Phone: 1 303-987-7845
Operating hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00am-5:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm
Distance and Time from the Lakewood Heritage Center: 0.5miles or 3minutes drive


12:00pm- Relax in the lap of nature at William Frederick Hayden Park!

Next, head to the William Frederick Hayden Green Mountain Park that covers approximately 2400 acres of open spaces and offer a range of outdoor recreational opportunities for all ages. It is a recreational place that engages the natives and transplants alike in some outdoor activities. You can hike up the mountain that is approx 6,800 feet in elevation and catch the mesmerizing vistas of the neighboring communities. Go hiking, biking, walking and running. Wildlife viewing, beautiful sunrise and sunset viewing and relaxing outdoor activities are also available to keep you occupied for hours. Rattlesnakes, coyotes, rabbit, hawks, mule deer, mountain lion and bluebirds are amongst the animals housed here.

Address: 1000 S Rooney Rd, Lakewood, CO 80228, USA
Phone: 1 303-697-6159
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 5:00am-10:00pm
Distance and Time from Lakewood Cultural Center: 4.5miles or 12minutes via W Alameda Avenue

1:00pm- Lunch!

Gorge yourself!  In mood for something different and super-delicious, pop into Tate of Denmark (1901 S. Kipling Street) that serves European cuisine. Chow down on American food at the 240 Union Restaurant (240 Union Blvd) or Blue Sky Cafe (14403 W Colfax Ave). Satisfy your Italian food craving at the Cafe Jordano (11068 W Jewell Ave Ste C9). Enjoy Cuban or Latin fare at Frijoles Colorado (12095 W Alameda Parkway).

2:00pm- Stroll the afternoon away at Bear Creek Lake Regional Park!

After you’ve fueled up, go for an afternoon stroll at the Bear Creek Lake Regional Park. This park is home to a wide variety of wildlife and includes about 15 miles of hiking and biking trails, three lakes, horseback riding trails, area for camping and cycling, picnic areas and an archery range. Bask in the beauty of lake, and relax amidst nature. Participate in the outdoor activities like fishing, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, biking, picnicking, and also paddling a boat across the scenic and tranquil lake. Your mind, body and soul will be filled with tranquility after ambling in this park.

Address: 15600 W Morrison Rd, Lakewood, CO 80228, USA
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 8:00am-4:00pm


3:00pm-Get artsy at 40 West Arts District!

Inclined towards art? Then head to the 40 West Arts District that is teeming with the works by regional and local artists. This district is dotted with art galleries, public art installations and performing arts venues. More than 120 creative enterprises call 40 West Arts District home. It features paintings, sculptures, metal and wood works, photography and other artworks. Regional and local actors, musicians, painters, woodworkers, sculptors, metalworkers, glassblowers and several other artists showcase their talent/works of art at this place.  

Address: 1560 Teller Street, Lakewood, CO 80214, USA
Phone: 1 303-275-3430
Operating hours: Wednesday to Saturday: 12:00pm-4:00pm


4:00pm- Shopping!

After connecting with nature, its time to unleash your new side- shopping! 

Start your shopping excursion at the Belmar that features more than 80 shops, entertainment and dining venues. The shops housed here provide plethora of eye candy. You’ll find stores like Target, Best Buy, Bath & Body Works, DSW, Nordstrom rack, Foot Locker, Ann Taylor Loft, Victoria’s Secret, Charlotte Russe, Claire’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Target, to name a few. 

Address: 464 S Teller Street, Lakewood, CO 80226, USA
Phone: 1 303-742-1520
Operating hours: Monday to Thursday: 10:00am-8:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-6:00pm
Distance and Time from 40 West Art District: 3.2miles or 9minutes drive via Wadsworth Blvd

Make your way over to Colorado Mills for some more retail therapy. This mall houses more than 90 stores, a movie theatre and several restaurants. It houses brand-name stores like Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth, Forever 21, Super Target, Neiman Marcus, Burlington Coat Factory, H&M, Off Broadway Shoes, Sports Authority, Nike Inc, Calvin Klein, GUESS and Victoria’s Secret, to name a few.  From apparels to accessories and sports items to items for home, this mall has everything you might be looking for.  

Address: 14500 W Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80401, USA
Phone: 1 303-590-1634
Operating hours: Monday to Saturday: 10:00am-9:00pm; Sunday: 11:00am-6:00pm
Distance and Time from Belmar: 6.9miles or 12minutes drive via US-6 West

7:00pm- Dinner & Drinks!

Treat your belly with delicious and filling food and quench your thirst with a delicious cocktail.

Chow down on American grub and enjoy draft beer at the Yard House (14500 W Colfax Ave ) or Twin Peaks Restaurant (14035 W Colfax Dr). Dig into succulent steak at The Keg Steakhouse & Bar (14065 W Colfax Dr 14065 W Colfax Drive). Enjoy Asian or Japanese cuisine at Pei Wei Asian Diner (14255 W Colfax Ave). Relish Mexican food at On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina (14255 W Colfax Ave).

9:00pm- Night on the town!

Before you bid adieu to this charming city, enjoy night on the town.

Pop into the Ironworks Brewery & Pub where brews keeps on flowing and entertainment never ends. It features an extensive selection of rotating microbrews. For entertainment, plenty of TVs, pub games and live music enhances your nightlife experience in Lakewood. Your appetite is also taken care of this spot. It serves up basic pub grub to munch on. It is a great spot where you enjoy beers, watch sports, sing along and run elbows with some cool people. 

Address: 12354 W Alameda Pkwy, Lakewood, CO 80228, USA
Phone: 1 303-985-5818
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 3:00pm-2:00am

Or

Are you a complete sports fanatic? Then Pifler's Sports Tavern is just the right place for you. Catch the big game, while chowing down on American grub and sipping on a draft beer. In between breaks, play a friendly game of pool or darts with friends. It has a slew of HDTVs strewn all over the place. This spot exudes a stadium-like boisterous vibe that sways you completely to be a part of that group. Its food menu caters to almost every palate and its extensive selection of beers and spirits quench every thirst. 

Address: 11353 W Colfax Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80215, USA
Phone: 1 303-232-0609
Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 11:00am-2:00am

Or

If you are looking for some relaxed and an old-school type of place where you can sing your heart out, do a little dancing and have a gala time with friends, pop into Tavern On 26th Ave. This spot caters to your dose of music. It features karaoke, dance space, four pool tables, reasonably-priced cocktails, bar grub and a lively vibe that will make you night on the town memorable. Fuel yourself up with bar grub and drinks and keep the party going showing your dance moves and belting out songs. 

Address: 10040 W 26th Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80215, USA
Phone: 1 303-238-2549

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