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Lakewood is the fifth-largest city in the Denver metropolitan area and is at the foot of the Rocky Mountains providing unparalleled views of the gorgeous terrain. Merely 10 minutes away from the major city of Denver, Lakewood is central to almost everything you could possibly want to do in the state of Colorado. Lakewood is full of parks, recreational land, and cultural centers giving it a perfect balance of everything you could want in a city.
Lakewood, Colorado, is filled with parks and abundant in nature. With more than 80 regularly maintained parks in the city, you will surely find one that suits your needs. Bear Creek Lake Park is unequivocally the most popular park in the area, sprawled out over 2600 acres of land; locals and tourists alike enjoy this park. There is a large lake open to boating and fishing, numerous walking and bike tracks, picnic areas, a campsite, another lake for swimming, and an archery range. This beautiful park really has something for everyone in the family. Of course, there are other parks around; for instance, if you are a mountain-lover, the steep hills of Lakewood's Hayden Park on Green Mountain offer scenic views and, as a bonus, a great workout.
Lakewood is heavily invested in its cultural and creative arts programs. Located in the center of the city, the Lakewood Cultural Center is at the forefront of artistry in the community. It boasts a 320 seat theatre, a regular roster of performances, classes, camps, and special events, as well as various art galleries, dance studios, art studios, and event spaces. This center is 38,000 square feet of artistic expression and sure to impress even the most seasoned artists.
The 40 West Arts District in the West Colfax Corridor has recently been recognized as a Colorado Creative District. It encompasses more than 20 public art installations, multiple performing arts areas, and a dozen galleries.
Food and Drink
Lakewood's hospitality industry is incredibly understated, as are many things about this city due to its suburban nature. While exploring the area, be sure to stop by Casa Bonita. This 45-year-old quirky Mexican restaurant is famous for a reason; it offers not only excellent food but also cliff-diving shows (off an actual, 30-foot tall waterfall). Another restaurant you shouldn't miss out on is Davies Chuck Wagon Diner, which is on the National Historic Places list and has been serving hearty American-style food since 1957. Traditionally good restaurants for the family include; 240 Union Restaurant, Teller's Taproom and Kitchen, and Clawful - Vietnamese Cajun Seafood Kitchen.
If you are after a fantastic brewery, seek out the Great Frontier Brewing Company or the Green Mountain Brewing Company. Both of these establishments offer excellent tastings and education on the manufacturing process of their beers.
Lakewood History Center
If you or anyone in your party is interested in finding out about the history of Lakewood, the Lakewood History Center is the perfect place. Conveniently located in the middle of Belmar Park, this exhibit showcases how Lakewood has evolved over the years. There are 10 buildings with historical significance in the center and a substantial 30,000 items in the collection.
Visit Colorado Mills
Colorado Mills is known for being one of the best places for shopping in the city. If you or someone in your party wishes to indulge in some retail therapy, make sure not to miss a trip here. The mall spans an impressive 1,100,000 square feet of retail space. You will find over 90 different stores here that sell clothing, shoes, accessories, and other items you'd find in a large shopping complex. There are also restaurants if all that shopping happens to induce ravenous hunger.