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Denver 16th Street Mall Tours
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The Denver 16th Street Mall in Denver, Colorado, is a tree-lined pedestrian corridor filled with outdoor cafés, restaurants, and shops. Along the popular downtown promenade, visitors can enjoy performances from local street performers or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage while searching for the perfect craft beer or dining spot.
On Denver’s 16th Street, you’ll find more than 40 outdoor cafés and restaurants perfect for a leisurely snack, meal, or drink while enjoying the bustling atmosphere of one of the city’s hot spots. At the south end of the mall is Denver Pavilions, with a movie theater and more than 20 shops and restaurants. The north end features a pedestrian path over three bridges that connect downtown to Commons Park and the trendy LoHi neighborhood.
Maximize your time in Denver by organizing a tour ahead of time that includes a stop on the 16th Street Mall in addition to other sights, including Larimer Square, the US Mint, and the Denver Art Museum. Your tour will equip you with a good lay of the land and sense of Denver’s history, so that when you return to 16th Street later, you’ll know exactly where to go.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Denver 16th Street Mall is a must for shoppers; stick around for bar-hopping and nightlife after dark.
- This area is best explored on foot, though you can hop aboard the free MallRide shuttle if you need a rest.
- Note that public restrooms can be in short supply in this area.
- Pedicabs and horse-drawn carriages are available for hire.
- There is free Wi-Fi along the entire mall.
How to Get There
The 16th Street Mall runs 1.25 miles (2 kilometers) along 16th Street in downtown Denver, from Wewatta Street at Union Station to Broadway at Civic Center Station. You can walk the length from Union Station to the central mall area in about 15 minutes, or hop on the complimentary MallRide Shuttle at one of the frequent stops along 16th Street. It’s about 26 miles (42 kilometers) from Denver International Airport via Interstate 70.
When to Get There
Shops along 16th Street have varying hours, but most are open from late morning to late evening, about 10am to 8pm. Denver Pavilions is open from 10am to 9pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sunday. Denver receives the most visitors in the summer months, between June and August, but perhaps a better time to visit is during the spring and fall shoulder seasons, April through May and September through October.
Noted architect I.M. Pei designed the tree-lined 16th Street Mall, impressive for its multicolored granite sidewalks assembled into diamond patterns (some have likened it to a diamondback rattlesnake seen from above). The Denver district has drawn international attention for its artistic design. You’ll also see the iconic Daniels and Fisher Tower on Arapahoe and 16th, built in 1911 and designed to look like St. Mark’s Bell Tower in Venice.
Address: 1001 16th Street Mall, Denver, Colorado 80265, USA
8 Tours and Activities to Experience Denver 16th Street Mall
Discover Denver's wild west history, modern energy, and most Instagram-worthy sights on a small-group walking tour. See where the city was founded as an early mining encampment, and check out where locals go to dine, play, and get cultural in downtown Denver. Stop for photos in front of a big blue bear, dancing aliens, and other curious public art, plus the exact spot where you can stand ‘a mile high.’ Rest your feet along the way over included lunch at a French cafe.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Discover Denver in a fun new way on this 3-hour scavenger hunt. Jump into the middle of an exciting adventure among the arts and cultural sites of the city, from the Colorado State Capitol to the shops along the 16th Street Mall and other real-life locations around town. Discover both well-known and overlooked sites, solving clues and completing challenges via smartphone while learning the local history of the Mile-High City. Teams of 2- to 5-people are welcome.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Experience ‘The Christmas City’ in all of its illuminated splendor on a 2-hour small-group walking tour. Follow your guide to some of Denver's most scenic holiday decorations and light displays in the downtown area including the Denver Art Museum and the 16th Street Mall. Then, at the end of your tour, hop on the free shuttle to the Christkindl German Market (apart from Sundays, when the market is closed), where you can explore the cheery stalls at your own pace.
There's one place in Colorado where hip meets history. On today's epic scavenger hunt of Denver, we make a loop around LoDo and the Business District in search of storied buildings, public art and ballparks. Along the way you'll find fashionable warehouses, meet heroic athletes and tempt your taste buds on the 16th Street Mall. It's time to strap on those walking shoes, round up some friends and book your Denver scavenger hunt today! What You'll See: Union Station, Coors Field, Daniels and Fisher Tower, Larimer Square
For anyone who loves ice cream, bicycles, and neighbourhood gazing - this self-guided GPS audio tour is for you! Visit the best ice cream spots in Denver, based on their gourmet-style scoops as well as their location in explorable districts. In case four ice cream stops sounds excessive, you can justify it by the fact that you'll be pedalling along by bicycle. Please note that bikes are not included and we encourage you to make use of B-Cycle (Denver's public bike share system). The best time to go is late afternoon or evening as the ice cream shops open between noon and 2pm and start closing at 10pm. Be warned, the lines at ice cream shops can be up to 20 minutes long during popular times. Each ice cream stop is in a fun pedestrian-friendly district with alternate / additional browsing options. Along this route, you’ll find city parks and green spaces to take a break, as well as great local breweries and delicious taco joints.
Getting to know how Denver came to be the great city it is today is easy on this 3-hour historical walking tour. Follow your guide through the Capitol Hill, Civic Center, and Central Business District areas as he or she tells you stories of the people who made big impressions on the city. See the Colorado State Capitol Building, and then stop by a hotel that's a favorite among U.S. presidents. You’ll also receive an electronic copy of ‘Insider Guide to Denver’ with tips to discovering all the city has to offer.
Explore downtown Denver’s biggest attractions plus hidden curiosities that even most locals don't know about on this walking tour that's full of surprises. See essential landmarks like the , Denver Art Museum, Colorado State Capitol, and Brown Palace Hotel while a Denverite guide shares details of intrigue, scandal, and Wild West history along the way. It's a great way to get oriented and get local tips on where to dine, drink, and get cultured in the Mile-High City.
NOTE: In order to make all of our guests feel comfortable, this tour is limited to only 9 people; because of this, this tours tends to sell out quickly. This is where it all began, in 1856. This walking tour is a fun adventure through the oldest and most trendy neighborhood in Denver. You will be treated haunted stories, scandalous events, and historic locations. Some of the stops include: The Dairy Block, Larimer Square, Union Station, Coors Field, Brothel Row, Rockmount Ranch Wear, The Oxford Hotel (the oldest hotel in Denver), LoDo, Cat Alley, Sukura Square, D & F Clock Tower, and the 16th Street Mall, plus much more. We will stop at the Dairy Block, for coffee and snacks.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Denver 16th Street Mall?
The best ways to experience Denver 16th Street Mall are:
- Denver History and Highlights Small Group Tour
- Denver Scavenger Hunt Adventure
- Best of Denver: Holiday Lights Tour
- Denver's Golden Treasure Scavenger Hunt
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