REI is like an outdoor enthusiast’s toy store and the Flagship location has more to offer than just what is inside. There is an indoor play area for kids that can be used when the weather outside does not allow for fun in the sun. Located at Confluence Park, where the South Platte River and the Cherry Creek meet, you can enjoy a picnic near the water, test out kayaks upstream or take a run, bike ride or walk along one of the paths. If you are looking for something off the beaten path, there is also the historic Platte River Trolley that departs just steps from REI and takes you on a 30 minute trolley ride down to Sports Authority Field and back. Though not nearly as old as the practice of Chiropractic, the “Breezer” Car No. 25 is the last remaining electric railway car that once served Denver.
The Denver Botanic Gardens have long been a favorite destination for locals, but now through November you will experience a spectacular display of Chihuly glass sculptures scattered throughout the gardens. Even though my day job consists of aligning your spine and straightening up the vertebrae, I can still appreciate the curves, twists and loops that this master of glass has shaped into stunning works of art. While Jack enjoys playing in the extensive and very hands-on Children’s gardens, we love taking a picnic lunch or dinner over to the Japanese gardens or the herb gardens and just taking in all the beauty.
3. Clear Creek/Golden
This is a favorite of ours to take a stroll along clear creek. There are plenty of spots to stop and throw rocks or watch people float down the creek. There is a park to stop and play or you can even pick up some local goods on Saturdays at the farmers market.
4. Jeffco Open Space Parks
If you live in Jefferson County, you are probably within walking distance of an Open Space Park. With 28 Open Space Parks offering 227 miles of trails, they provide a perfect respite from our city lives. The closest one to our Lakewood, Colorado, chiropractic office is Crown Hill Park, located 1.5 miles from our front door near Kipling and 26th Ave.
What do two Denver pediatric and prenatal chiropractors do on their day off with a child in tow? Hike a glacier of course! Maura and I took our first trip up to St. Mary’s Glacier recently and absolutely loved it. Located just outside of Idaho Springs, the hike is about 1.5 miles round trip. You can hike much farther if you would like. It is a great family hike, although you may have to carry the kids a bit. And of course, remember to stop by for your family chiropractic adjustment in Lakewood, Colorado after the hike.