Red Rocks amphitheater

Explore the Optometry's MeetingĀ® host city of Denver

Excerpted from page 34 of the June 2018 edition of AOA Focus.

Five days of expansive continuing education and networking opportunities, enjoyable entertainment and the latest industry advances in the Exhibit Hall all provide attendees with an unrivaled experience, and a valuable leg up in practice. But for all that Optometry's Meeting® delivers, don't forget to venture beyond the Colorado Convention Center and find out why the Mile High City is considered one of the sunniest cities in America.

Whether you're looking to indulge in local cuisine, hit the trails or find the perfect family day trip, AOA Focus has you covered. This is the definitive locals' guide to Denver's places to go, sights to see and the delectable dishes along the way.

  1. Linger
    "It's an eclectic, small-plate eatery with great options for anyone with food allergies. It has an awesome story: It used to be Olinger's Mortuary, but when the neighborhood gentrified, they turned it into one of the hottest eateries in town. The bar on the second floor is made from Lite-Brite lights!" -Kristin O'Brien, O.D.

  2. Vesta Dipping Grill
    "Really amazing food for all tastes. It's spiced up in flavor—not necessarily hotness—by the multiple dips and sources they pair with food." -Kristin O'Brien, O.D. 

  3. ViewHouse
    "For the best view without going to the mountains, go to ViewHouse. There are multiple locations and all are great for scenery." -Kristin O'Brien, O.D. 

  4. Larimer Square
    "You haven't been to Denver if you haven't checked out Larimer Square. It's absolutely beautiful at night. It has cute boutique shops, night clubs, as well as some great Mexican, Italian and steakhouses." -Kristin O'Brien, O.D.

  5. Avanti F&B
    "It's a casual stand-up restaurant where food trucks go to test their concepts before getting investors to purchase a food truck. It's got a great view of downtown, very lively and very budget-conscious, so it's great for students." -Kristin O'Brien, O.D.

  6. Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery
    Littleton, Colorado "The outdoor beer garden is great for groups and families to hang out, play cornhole and bocce." -Tara DeRose, O.D.

  7. Coors Field
    "The Mets and Marlins will be in town during Optometry's Meeting. Coors Field is an amazing outdoor ballpark with views of the Rocky Mountains and a fun rooftop area." -Tara DeRose, O.D.
  8. Union Station
    "We like to restaurant hop in Union Station," -Tara DeRose, O.D.
  9. Snooze
    "Grab some coffee while you wait for a table at this popular brunch restaurant." -Tara DeRose, O.D.
  10. Alderfer and Three Sisters Park
    Evergreen, Colorado "Evergreen is a pretty area in the foothills of Denver with great trails for hiking or mountain biking. Acclimate to the altitude first, and drink lots of water!"-Tara DeRose, O.D.

  11. Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre
    "Red Rocks is a natural rock amphitheater known for concerts with amazing acoustics, but it's also a popular area for working out: running stairs, doing yoga or walking the surrounding trails." -Tara DeRose, O.D.
  12. Denver Museum of Nature and Science
    At the heart of the Denver cultural experience for more than 100 years.
  13. 16th Street Mall - Pedestrian Mall
    There are 42 outdoor cafes along the mall, making it the perfect place to grab a bite or a drink.
    There's a shopping and dining complex toward the south end of the mall while the north end continues into Commons Park and LoHi via a pedestrian path and bridge.

  14. Denver Zoo
    Where education comes alive. The Denver Zoo, open every day, is home to more than 4,000 animals representing 650 species.
  15. Coors Brewery
    Need we say more? Drop in for a free, 30-minute, self-paced tour of the famous brewery. 

  16. Denver's Microbrewery Scene "Enjoy a pint of beer at one of Denver's 72 microbreweries. Hop on a Denver BCycle and bike to one of these gems, including Denver Beer Co., Renegade Brewing Co., Epic Brewing Co. and Prost Brewing, just to name a few." -Tom Cruse, O.D.

  17. South Pearl Street Make a reservation for some of the best sushi in Denver at Sushi Den, Izakaya Den or OTOTO. Also on South Pearl Street, have a beer at Platt Park Brewing, walk across the street for a burger at Park Burger and finish off the night with ice cream next door at Sweet Cow Ice Cream." -Tom Cruse, O.D.

  18. Milkbox Ice Creamery
    "We often stop at Milkbox Ice Creamery for a great ice cream cone and let the kids play in the water feature out front. Great way to cool down on a hot day." -Hayes Redmond, O.D.

  19. Local breweries near Coors Field
    "There are several breweries close to the stadium for a variety of tastes. I personally like the Great Divide Brewing Co. and Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery for a pregame beer flight. Breckenridge Brewery and Wynkoop Brewing Co. both serve food that makes them perfect for a meal before a game. Wynkoop is one of Denver's oldest craft breweries and is located across from the newly renovated Union Station." -Hayes Redmond, O.D.
  20. Colorado State Capitol Building
    "You can stand on the steps of the State Capitol Building—5,280 feet above sea level—and learn about Colorado history through the murals. Climb the marble staircases and view the gold dome." -Jennifer Simonson, O.D.

  21. U.S. Mint
    "Get in line early as tickets go fast. It is a federal building, so be sure to follow all instructions to go on the tour." -Jennifer Simonson, O.D.

  22. Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
    "If you want to experience the Rocky Mountains but not take a long drive from Denver, there are some beautiful places less than two hours away that are full of scenic beauty and Colorado wildlife. No. 1 on my list is the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This city park and museum are free to visit and has a loop drive of incredible vistas. It is 70 miles south of downtown Denver on I-25." -Jennifer Simonson, O.D.
  23. Peaks Lounge, 27th floor of the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center "Beautiful views of the mountains and city, as well as delicious cocktails and appetizers!" -Brenda Gilchrist, O.D.
  24. Mount Evans Scenic Byway
    "It's the highest paved road in North America. We love the alpine lakes and frequent sighting of mountain goats and bighorn sheep near Mount Evans. The park fee is $5 per car, and it is 60 miles west of Denver on I-70. Mount Evans is one of the famous '14'ers'—Colorado peaks 14,000 feet or more above sea level." -Jennifer Simonson, O.D.
  25. Comida at The Source
    "Delicious, small-plate dining in the RiNo Art District. It is traditional Mexican street food with a large variety of fresh drinks and cocktails to enjoy!" -Brenda Gilchrist, O.D.

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Denver map Optometrys Meeting 2018

June 5, 2018

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