Denver at a Glance
FAMILY-FRIENDLY DENVER
Denver isn’t just for adults. There are plenty of family-friendly attractions for kids of any age.
  • Water World: Located in Federal Heights, Water World is Denver’s biggest outdoor water park. Visitors can float down a lazy river, go on a family tube rides or zip down steep slides. The park is open during the summer only, and admission varies depending on the time of entry.
  • Gunther Toody’s: Grease fans can get their fix at Gunther Toody’s. Restaurant staff dress and act like characters from the movie Grease. While it’s not specifically a kid-oriented restaurant, it is a fun outing for the entire family. Gunther Toody’s has five locations around the Denver metro.
  • Casa Bonita: Casa Bonita isn’t just for kids, but it may as well be. The Mexican restaurant features mariachis, cliff divers, skeeball, a puppet theater and more. Casa Bonita can be a little overwhelming for adults so Westword has designed a Casa Bonita survival guide.
  • Club 22: With a motto of “2 old for a sitter and 2 young to drive,” this hangout spot is located at Northglenn Recreation Center. Club 22 is a supervised, evening program for middle school–aged students and features events, such as dances, inflatable obstacle courses and dodgeball games every first and third Saturday of each month.
  • Children’s Museum of Denver: The Children’s Museum of Denver began in 1973 in a converted school bus. It quickly expanded and has inhabited its current location on the west bank of the Platte River since 1984. Each month has a theme to which the museum tailors its events and programs. The museum also hosts annual New Years, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter events. The museum is open seven days a week and closed only for holidays.
  • Heritage Square: Located in Golden Colorado, Heritage Square is a themed entertainment village. There are plenty of shops for the adults and an amusement park, maze and Alpine slide for the kids. The music hall regularly puts on children and dinner theater shows.
  • Elitch Gardens: Founded in 1890 as a botanical and zoological garden, Elitch Gardens is now one of Denver’s favorite theme parks. It has several water, thrill and kids rides to enjoy and is a lot of fun for the entire family. The park is open only from April through October.

LIVING IN A MILD CLIMATE
Located exactly one mile above sea level, Denver’s location between the Rocky Mountains and the High Plains ensures mild weather all year long. Denver experiences 300 days of sunshine, with an average yearly temperature of 50.1°F. In 2012, the average high was 64 degrees, and the average low was 41.8°F. January is typically the coldest month, while July is the warmest. Temperatures occasionally climb above 100 degrees or drop below zero, but it is rare. Because of Denver’s location, snowstorms are also rare. Denver receives an average 60.3 inches of snow and 15.4 inches of rain per year. March and May tend to be the snowiest and wettest months, respectively.

PROPERTY TAXES
Property tax is administered at the county level. The residential assessment rate is 7.96 percent, and all other properties are assessed at 29 percent. Exemptions are available for senior citizens and disabled veterans.

SALES TAXES
Colorado has a state sales tax of 2.9 percent. All alcoholic beverages have a 2.9 percent sales tax in Colorado. There is no estate tax or gift tax, but Colorado does have an estate and trust income tax. The tax is a flat 4.63 percent.

The city and county of Denver has a sales tax of 3.62 percent, a 4 percent sales tax on food and alcohol for immediate consumption and a 7.25 percent sales tax on car rentals for less than 30 days. Denver has an additional 2.9 percent tax that benefits the Regional Transportation District, Metropolitan Football Stadium District and Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.

Vehicles in Denver also have license and ownership tax, both of which are paid yearly. The license tax, paid to the state of Colorado, depends on the year, weight, date of purchase and taxable value of your vehicle. The ownership tax is paid to the county of Denver and is calculated by multiplying the taxable value with the tax rate.

Neighboring cities and counties have different tax rates, so check with your local government office before you move.

SEAT BELTS AND CHILD SAFETY
Seat belts are mandatory for the driver and all front-seat passengers. All children under age 8 are required to use a child safety seat. Children under 1 year old and weighing less than 20 pounds are required to ride in a rear-facing seat in the backseat of vehicles. Child between ages 1 and 4 who weigh between 20–40 pounds must ride in a forward-facing seat. Until they reach the age of 15, all children are required to wear a seatbelt or be in a safety seat when riding in a vehicle.

   
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