In 1969, the city of Lakewood, CO had just eight parks and 80 acres of recreational land. Today, the historic village, located 20 minutes west of Denver, has 99 parks, providing locals and visitors more festivals, indoor and outdoor swimming options, theater performances, tennis courts, hike and bike paths and climbing at Lakewood’s 8,000 acres of sprawling parkland. You’ll find all of this and more when you add picturesque Lakewood to your itinerary.
With its proximity to forestry and open rec space, Lakewood is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise. Known as the “jewel of Lakewood,” Bear Creek Lake Park offers year-round adventure opportunities, from wildlife viewing to fishing, water sports and horseback riding. When the weather is warm, lounging on the beach is also a perfect way to spend your time at this 2,600-acre recreational hotspot.
William Frederick Hayden Park on Green Mountain is the area’s second largest park and features challenging trails. Climb the 6,800-foot peak for views of the Denver skyline. Observing Hayden’s rich wildlife habitat is one of the area’s highlights. Coyotes, hawks, mule deer and the occasional mountain lion roam wild on these stunning 2,400 acres.
Visit Lakewood Heritage Center, a museum located in Belmar Park, to see how the city has developed in the 20th century. The Center has more than 10 historic structures, 30,000 artifacts, an outdoor amphitheater and festival area. Lakewood is also home to the Lake Cultural Center, a year-round facility showcasing dance, music, and theater performances, cementing its reputation as a thriving cultural community.
When you’re guest at our hotels in Lakewood, these adventures, cultural events are just a hop, skip and a jump away. With friendly staff on hand and a wide range of luxurious amenities, you’re sure to find a good night’s relaxation, so you can make the most of your time in Lakewood. Book your stay with IHG today.
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