This week we’re taking another adventure out into the suburbs — to Lakewood! Denver’s neighbor to the west is HUGE (and also so much more than just Casa Bonita — as much as we love the Pink Palace). This is just the tip of the Lakewood iceberg, and I want your help to dive deeper. What are your favorite little pockets of Lakewood? Let us know, so we can share your suggestions!
🏞️ Get your nature on: Bear Creek Lake Park is a true nature-lover’s oasis in the suburbs. It’s 2,600+ acres of hiking / biking / horseback-riding trails. Plus an archery range, designated campsites, and we can’t forget Big Soda Lake.
🛍️ Shop til you drop: If you’re really up for a shopping spree, Colorado Mills boasts one million square feet of retail space. At Belmar, Lakewood’s blossoming downtown district, you can almost always find live music, community events, and something delicious to eat.
🏛️ Culture and history: Lakewood’s 40 West Arts District is a flourishing, state-certified, nonprofit creative arts district lined with galleries, performance venues, and street murals aplenty. Learn a little about Lakewood’s rich history at the Lakewood Heritage Center, which is home to a museum, gift store, and informational tours, but also plays host to local camps, classes, and festivals throughout the year.
🎎 Odd and eclectic: If you’re into antique dolls, limited edition toys, or other unique collectibles, check out the Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys. Meanwhile, car fanatics should make a stop at the Rodz and Bodz car museum, which houses famous vehicles like the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, the A-Team van, and a Batmobile monster truck.