The Central City Casinos are great places to visit, and odds are, you’re getting quite a sensational vacation by visiting them alone. However, if you’re looking for more fun things to do in the area, there are a few cool attractions in Central City.
But since Central City is a small town, we have also included a few places to visit in nearby Denver, which you will find in attractions six through 10.
Are you ready to discover what’s waiting for you near the Central City Casinos? Keep reading for more information.
1 – Hidee Gold Mine
If you’re looking for hands-on experience on the area’s rich mining history, look no further than Hidee Gold Mine. This attraction is great for guests of all ages in your travel group, and it also covers an interactive experience regarding geology.
If Hidee Gold Mine sounds interesting to you, find it at 1950 Hidee Mine Road MM 6.3 on the Central City Parkway. It’s a great place to venture to if you’re playing and staying at Ameristar Black Hawk, or The Lodge, given its less-than-one-mile proximity to the venue.
2 – Central City Opera House
At the time of this writing, the opera house is closed, so no tours or shows are going on. However, the house continues to be well-maintained, and there are lush gardens to enjoy between it and the Teller House.
You’re getting a sensational array of plants, along with markers that hold a few interesting inscriptions, offering cool tidbits on the area.
It’s also within feet of Easy Street Casino, Dostal Alley Brewpub and Casino, and Central City Visitors Center. So take a quick walk over if you’re either at the aforementioned casinos or the visitors center and admire the gardens.
You will find Central City Opera House at 200 Eureka Street.
3 – Gilpin History Museum
You’re getting an eclectic collection at this small-town history museum, and it’s yet another good destination to visit near the visitor’s center and Dostal Alley.
Their mission, even here in 2021, remains clear: “To preserve, discover, procure, and display anything related to the social and economic history of Gilpin County.” It’s also a great place to visit if you’re local, considering the documents and records they have collected over the decades for safekeeping.
If you’re interested in discovering more about local history, you don’t need to win the jackpot at any of the Central City Casinos. Entry is just $6 per person and $5 if you’re looking to combine your tour with tours of nearby buildings like the Thomas House. Children 12 and under get in for free.
Head over to 228 E. First High Street in Gilpin County and catch a taste of local history.
4 – Central City Visitors Center
While today’s post boasts a few cool attractions near the Central City Casinos in both Gilpin County and nearby Denver, this is not a complete list. Therefore, it’s only appropriate to mention the Central City Visitors Center, where you can find brochures on just about every attraction in the county.
From the Central City Casinos to more information regarding the content on today’s post, to even information regarding attractions in Denver, head over to the Visitors Center and build upon that vacation itinerary.
You won’t spend a long time here. But you will catch plenty of valuable information regarding the area’s attractions; if you’re looking to add to your vacation itinerary, head over to 141 Nevada Street, where you will discover a plethora of things to do during your time in the region.
5 – Knights of Pythias Cemetery
If you’re into local cemeteries and, by extension, local history, and if you’d like a rather unusual spin from other cemeteries in the region, Knights of Pythias Cemetery is a good spot to satisfy the craving.
It’s not necessarily close to the other attractions listed above, so odds are you will need to go out of your way to get there. However, if you’re cool with doing so, head over to Upper Apex Road in Central City and visit the cemetery when you swoop into the area.
6 – Ghost Town Disc Golf Course
If you’re looking to burn a few calories after playing a few hours at the nearby Central City Casinos, check out Ghost Town Disc Golf Course. This course is a great way to acclimate yourself to the sport of disc golf, which combines elements from golf along with frisbee.
And as the name implies, you’re in the middle of a ghost town here. It’s a hot spot in the area for locals, but many tourists have found the place and have remarkable things to say about it, especially regarding those sensational views.
7 – Forney Museum of Transportation
Shifting gears to Denver, Colorado, the Forney Museum of Transportation is one of four attractions in Denver that made the cut for today’s list, and it’s a remarkable spot if you love old cars and artifacts pertaining to them.
Overall, they have 600 transportation-based artifacts, with most being cars, including the very first in the collection: The 1921 Kissel.
You will also find steam engines, buggies, sleighs, toys, bicycles, motorcycles, and even aircraft. So, when they say transportation, they’re pertaining to all sorts of transportation. It’s a great place to catch a history lesson on the transportation industry and how it has evolved over the years.
If you’re interested in visiting one of Denver’s finest museums, head over to 4303 Brighton Boulevard and see all the cool things they have inside.
8 – Larimer Square
A recipient of TripAdvisor’s 2021 Traveler’s Choice Award, Larimer Square is a historical location that served as the hub for the original portion of downtown Denver. And while Denver has evolved since then, so has the square.
It now serves as one of the area’s finest shopping centers, making it a hot spot to visit if you’re looking to spend any winnings from the Central City Casinos. It’s also loaded with restaurants, many of which feature local fare, plus open patios, making it a hot spot for evening dining during the warm months.
Find it at 1430 Larimer Street in Denver, near the historical LoDo Walking District, the Denver Selfie Museum, and the Miranda Fine Art Gallery.
9 – Empower Field at Mile High
Empower Field at Mile High has served the Denver Broncos of the NFL’s AFC West since 2001. And it has been the home to some sensational moments, whether or not they always worked in the Broncos’ favor.
You can also visit the Denver Broncos Ring of Fame, along with the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Museum during your visit.
If you’re interested in checking out Empower Field at Mile High, head over to 1701 Mile High Stadium Circle in Denver, and pride yourself on visiting the NFL’s only stadium sitting over a mile above sea level.
10 – Washington Park
Washington Park is a scenic urban park that makes for a popular retreat when you need one after exploring the city for a day, or if you’re looking to take a midday jaunt into nature. Check out the lush gardens filled with diverse flora along the paved pathways riddled with deciduous trees and ample lighting.
There are several benches if you’re looking for a place to sit and enjoy the mountain breeze. Or, if you’re looking for activities within the attraction, they won’t disappoint you here at Washington Park, considering the boathouse activities that include boating on the nearby lake, among others.
It’s also a good place to go for a walk, run, biking, or blading adventure. A family-friendly spot with something for guests of all ages, find Washington Park at S. Downing Street & Louisiana Avenue in Denver.
The Central City Casinos will keep you busy, but if you’re looking for more exciting things to do in the area, both Central City and nearby Denver have more than enough remarkable attractions.
So if you’re looking to take a break between casino games, or if you’d like to find something to do that’s fit for the entire family, check out both the above attractions and a few others lurking nearby, especially if you head over to enjoy a day in the Mile High City.
Overall, you can turn your time at the area’s casinos into an all-out family vacation.
Have you visited the Central City Casinos? How about any other casinos in Colorado? If so, tell us about your experience in the comments and let us know if you visited any of the above attractions. We are looking forward to reading your stories.