What: A 330-acre recreational heaven, home to rows of tennis courts, community-built playgrounds, shooting fountains, the Denver Zoo, and several small lakes for paddleboating and fishing. Free outdoor jazz concerts too ― be sure to find a patch of grass for local act Chris Daniels & the Kings on July 16. Where: York St. and E. 18th Ave.; 720/913-0696.
What: East 17th Avenue's hottest new hang for hipsters, who swarm the sunny patio for summer rolls and small plates of lemongrass-marinated quail and ?garlic-kissed, yard-long green beans. When: Lunch and dinner Mon-Sat. How much: $$$. Where: 1600 E. 17th Ave.; 303/399-0988.