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The Best Place in Denver to Spend an Inexpensive Afternoon: The 16th Street Mall
Denver's 16th Street Mall
Denver's 16th Street Mall: A Downtown Gem
In these recessionary days, it is nice to find a place of entertainment where it is not necessary to drop the entire contents of one's wallet in one sitting. One such place in the Denver Metro Area is the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver.
There is always something going on down at "the Mall", which is a long stretch of 16th Street open only to pedestrians. No vehicles are allowed except the famous "Free Mall Ride" bus featured in the picture. You can zip from one place to another along the Mall or it's a great way to rest your feet for a time while deciding what to do there!
A map exists at the end of this article, to help those unfamiliar with downtown. Founding fathers (and mothers) turned the streets diagonally for some historic reason beyond the scope of this article.
Denver's Famous Painted Cows
A short time ago, there were literally 20 or 30 of these beautiful painted cows all along the 16th Street Mall in the Mile High City. However, most of these beautiful animals went off to other pastures when the Denver cowboys auctioned them off for charity. They brought in a pretty penny, I heard!
Only about two or three of these remain grazing on the 16th Street Mall. I think they kept the most attractive ones--what do you think? The painting on this one features the cowgirl's arm extending down the cow's leg. Very unique, IMHO.
Denver's Famous Painted Pianos
So I know you are asking yourself what the Mile High folks did on the 16th Street Mall to replace the cows? It is hardly bereft of excitement, my friends: the latest happenings are now a large number of painted pianos!
Now visitors can enjoy the tinkling of the ivories by whoever wishes to participate on these unusual pianos. I have not heard of any other city doing something similar, have you?
If you play or fancy yourself to play piano, sit right down! Otherwise, tune in to one of the various musicians who give performances daily.
Umphrey's McGee keyboardist Joel Cummins
An Inexpensive Afternoon Concludes
After a day's inexpensive sight-seeing at the 16th Street Mall, complete with a few rides on the Free Mall Ride and having been serenaded by the beautiful pianos there, now what?
There is a tourist information center right there on the Mall where you can investigate other local happenings which occur on a regular basis in Denver Area. There are free days at the many museums, festivals galore and just plain old street performer entertainment that is wallet-friendly in these cash-poor times!
PS. Tune in later for "A Great Place in Boulder to Spend as Inexpensive Afternoon: The Pearl Street Mall", which I am currently writing.