The Wackiest Places to Visit in Denver
When you think about Denver, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it skiing in the Rockies? The Modern Art Museum? Or, maybe the city’s elegant skyline framed by a mountainous backdrop? Well, if you’ve been there and done that, you may instead consider saying a prayer at the International Church of Cannabis, dining at a former mortuary, or visiting the home of a Titanic passenger.
That’s right: all of those quirky bucket list items are actual things you can do in Denver. If your idea of fun strays a bit outside the beaten path, then Denver will deliver. Here are our top picks of weird things to do in Denver. If these places don’t convince you to settle down in the Mile High City, certainly nothing will.
After a weird day in Denver, get a jump on the city’s nightlife with these fun activities, or try a new downtown restaurant.
5 Weird Things to Do in Denver
Address: 2030 W 30th Ave, Denver, CO 80211
Neighborhood: LoHi (Lower Highlands)
This eclectic restaurant with a trendy feel and excellent menu keeps a dark secret: it’s a former mortuary. Once housing the Olinger family’s funeral home, Linger retains its macabre past as a badge of hipster honor. The neon sign spelling out ”Olinger Mortuaries” still proudly adorns the restaurant’s exterior, just with the ”O” not lit up. Chillingly, the old metal conveyor belts once used to move bodies are now used as tables, while they serve drinks in old formaldehyde bottles. That should give you an idea of the spooky weirdness of the place. Don’t worry, though, you’ll make it out more than alive: the menu is world-inspired and delicious.
International Church of Cannabis
Address: 400 S Logan St, Denver, CO 80209
Neighborhood: Washington Park
Cannabis as a religion? The International Church of Cannabis does not consist of your philosophizing friends hanging out after they enjoyed smoking a joint or two. This is a real place in Denver, with its own religion called Elevationism (we kid you not). For those who wonder whether the place is worth a visit for anything other than the quirky title, this is one of the weird things to do in Denver that we recommend even if you’re not into marijuana. Enjoy a beautifully projected technicolor show inside the church, called Beyond, and immerse yourself in colorful art. There’s a gift shop, obviously, and even a games arcade. What’s not to love?
Address: 1874 South BroadwayDenver, Colorado, 80210
Neighborhood: Platt Park
If you were born in the 1970s or 80s, Fifty-Two ‘80s will stir up some fond memories of Saturday morning TV. Dedicated to ’80s and ’90s popular culture, this treasure trove of vintage goods and souvenirs features just about every cultural icon imaginable from the era. From figurines of wrestlers to vintage Pepsi cans and video games, this totally rad store will transport you right back to your childhood and rekindle your love of fluorescent colors and Rainbow Brite. In our opinion, it’s a must for anyone who remembers the last century’s tail-end and wants to stock up on wacky birthday gifts.
Address: 1000 Osage St.at 10th St.Denver, Colorado, 80204
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
One of the oldest restaurants in Denver has an impressive claim to fame: Buckhorn Exchange is reported to have been visited by none other than Buffalo Bill himself. President Roosevelt also visited, back in 1905, before going hunting with the restaurant’s then-owner. The head of a buffalo shot by Roosevelt still hangs inside the restaurant, along with hundreds of other taxidermy exhibits. Full disclosure: if you’re squeamish about taxidermy, this place might be a bit intimidating. Its fascinating history makes it worth a visit, though, as do its regular events. If you book a table for a weekend evening, you’ll likely enjoy a cowboy music performance in the upstairs bar. This place is nothing short of a national treasure that should be on your bucket list.
Molly Brown House Museum
Address: 340 Pennsylvania StreetDenver, Colorado
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
No visit to Denver is complete without seeing the ”Unsinkable” Molly Brown’s house. Most famous as a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic, Molly Brown was also known for a thrilling life of adventure and philanthropy. Not only did Molly bravely help others survive the Titanic tragedy, but she was also known for her solo tours of countries, such as Egypt, and her involvement in a myriad of charities and humanitarian causes. The house is worth visiting in its own right, though, because it shows you a typical home interior from the early 1900s. A less ”weird” option than the others on our list, but still unusual and noteworthy.
Live in Weird Denver
Weird Denver is a cool city to live in. If you feel like you’ve seen enough art galleries and hip restaurants for a lifetime, Denver’s wackier offerings might just entice you to live in this beautiful city above all others. Does Denver sound like the place for you? Let our rental experts at AptAmigo help find you the Denver apartment of your dreams.