08/30/2011 04:45 pm ET Updated Oct 29, 2011

Vacation At Home: Have You Hit These 5 Un-Touristy Denver Spots?

Want to take a vacation without leaving town? No problem – we have five Denver-area outings to keep you busy without having to elbow through tourists.

Chamberlin Observatory: The sky’s the limit at this historic observatory in South Denver. Public nights include presentations, tours and telescopic views through a 28-foot refracting telescope. Open houses offer the added perk of Denver Astronomical Society members setting up telescopes on the grounds of Observatory Park, gratis to view.
2930 E. Warren Ave.; 303-871-5172

Japanese Tea Ceremony: Add tranquility to your day by participating in the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony hosted a handful of times each month by Denver’s Botanic Gardens. Tea is held in an authentic tea house in the Japanese Garden. Check the site for dress code.
1007 York St.; 720-865-3585

Tiny Town: Over in the foothills is a historic town of miniatures – many replicas of Denver landmarks past and present, built at a fraction of actual size. Climb with the kids through a firehouse, trek around a lighthouse and peak your head out through windows of a teeny Central City Opera House. Save time to ride the train, which carves its way through the mountainside.
$5/adult, $3/child, 2 & under free
6249 S. Turkey Creek Road, Morrison; 303-697-6829

Old South Gaylord Street: This charming little Wash Park gem offers an afternoon exploring boutique galleries, sampling local eateries and sipping cocktails on street side patios.
South Gaylord St., between Mississippi Ave. & Tennessee Ave.

Coors Field: Yeah, a ball game isn’t all that unusual... but a brewpub off of right field is nothing short of brilliant. Bring your Rockies love and taste for frosty brews together with Blue Moon Brewery Company at the Sandlot. Get here plenty early pre-game for a seat.
2161 Blake St.; 303-298-1587

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