The Top Attractions in Denver’s Washington Park Neighborhood

The Top Attractions in Denver’s Washington Park Neighborhood

  • Kimber Ward, REALTOR®
  • 03/13/24

Nestled within the vibrant city of Denver, the Washington Park neighborhood is a haven for locals and tourists alike. With its mix of nature, history, and community vibes, it has something for everyone. From the iconic park to the nearby streets and cultural spots nearby, here's a rundown of what I think makes Washington Park a must-visit destination. Also, check out my website for more blogs on Wash Park at

Washington Park: Something for Everyone

Washington Park, affectionately known as Wash Park, is the neighborhood's crown jewel. Designed with the expertise of the son of the famed designer of New York’s Central Park, this 155-acre expanse features something for everyone–tennis courts, basketball courts, croquet, playgrounds, formal flower gardens, a paved road for cycling, rollerblading, and walking and a 2.5 mile dirt path for runners and walkers. And, Denver is one of the dog-friendliest cities around, so don’t forget to bring Fido (and his leash!) for a romp in the park.  The sprawling grounds, two lakes, paddle boat rentals, bike rentals, and scenic views of the Rocky Mountains make it a central hub for recreation and relaxation. Denverites are active all year round. In the summer, check out the volley ball leagues that fill the green space. In the fall and winter, go for a leisurely stroll to take in the colors or take a brisk walk/run in the snow to feel alive. If you're visiting, keep in mind that Denver sits at 5,280 feet above sea level, so you might feel a bit winded after your run, so drink lots of water, go easy and have fun!

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Smith Lake and the Wash Park Boathouse: An Historic Gem with a View

The picturesque Smith Lake, adds another layer to the neighborhood's natural beauty with beautiful mountain vistas and stunning sunsets throughout the year. As visitors explore Wash Park and the lake, they may encounter hundreds of Canadian geese and even spot a few bald eagles perched in the trees. Overlooking Smith Lake stands the historic Washington Park Boathouse. Built in 1913, this architectural gem provides stunning views of the lake and serves as a venue for events, weddings, and community gatherings. The boathouse area captures the essence of the neighborhood's rich history and offers a picturesque setting for various celebrations.

South Gaylord Street: A Shopper's Paradise and Culinary Delight

Venturing beyond the park, South Gaylord Street emerges as a charming shopping district. Lined with stylish boutiques, gift shops, a sports bar, coffee shop, bistros and fine restaurants, this vibrant street adds a hip vibe to the neighborhood. The eclectic mix of shops and eateries ensures that residents and visitors can indulge in a delightful shopping and dining experience.

South Gaylord Street Block Party: A Memorial Day Extravaganza

Over Memorial Day Weekend, the South Gaylord Street Days Block Party takes center stage as a way to kick off the summer. This lively event features live music, fine art displays, street painting, family-friendly attractions, food and local vendors with their wares. The block party transforms the street into a festive celebration, showcasing the neighborhood's community spirit.

South Pearl Street Farmers' Market: Fun, Food and Festivities

Between May and early November, Sunday mornings come alive with the Old South Pearl Street Farmers' Market located just west of Wash Park, in Platt Park. This market is a cornucopia of fresh produce, local crafts, and culinary delights. Residents and visitors can explore the stalls, engage with local vendors, and savor the flavors of Denver's culinary scene while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere.

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Newman Center for the Performing Arts: A Cultural Hub Close By

Situated south of Wash Park, the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver has become recognized as one of the country's premier university performing arts centers. Distinguished by its size, exceptional acoustics, and diverse programming, the Newman Center stands out in the region. Committed to promoting cultural diversity, inspiring imagination, and fostering dialogue, it serves as a dynamic hub for the performing arts, hosting more than 500 events a year.

The Wash Park Market and my Signature Approach to Real Estate

Denver’s Washington Park neighborhood is a multifaceted gem, offering an array of attractions that cater to diverse interests. From the iconic park, the lively streets, the seasonal celebrations, the beautiful homes and the amazing people and their dogs, this neighborhood encapsulates the essence of Denver's unique charm, making it a must-visit destination for both locals and tourists.

If Wash Park real estate piques your interest, I would love to give you a market tour and answer any questions you may have. I have extensive experience, a deep understanding of the area AND, I live in the neighborhood with my husband and two dogs, Layla and Wilder. We own a recently updated 1909 bungalow and a new guest house that we use as a short-term rental (check it out on my homepage and ask me about my special rate).  All this to say, I know the area, the restaurants, the vibe and the people. Let me guide you through a seamless and fulfilling real estate journey in Wash Park. Contact me today, Kimber Ward and unlock the door to your next chapter in homeownership.

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