Tucked away against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains is the tight-knit community of Lakewood, Colorado. Lakewood, whose population is above 150,000, is located about 7 miles west-southwest of Colorado’s state capital, Denver.
In 2018, Lakewood was listed in Livability’s Top 100 Best Places to Live due to its employment opportunities and top-rated school systems. Many of the schools are near the most popular of Lakewood’s 40 neighborhoods. Lakewood is the 5th largest city in Colorado, but it’s such a socially active and friendly community that it still has that small-town atmosphere. This vibe is apparent during the annual Rockin’ Block Party and Cider Days events.
Lakewood is located just off Highway 6 and about ten minutes from Interstates 70 and 25, making travel to anywhere in the surrounding area convenient. In 15 minutes, one can be in Denver at a professional game or in one of the parks in the Rocky Mountains or exploring something in between.
Lakewood Entertainment and Culture
Lakewood’s perfect location allows visitors and locals to enjoy a wide variety of local events and attractions. Here are just a few:
Belmar Shopping District – Built in 2004, this award-winning open-air facility has over 80 vendors providing various shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
Colorado Mills Mall – With more than 1,400,000 square feet of shopping and dining among 174 stores, this mall is a must-see. One will find whatever they need here, including a variety of food genres.
Golf – Lakewood is just minutes away from several challenging and well-kept golf courses surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Crown Hill Lake –This 55-acre wildlife sanctuary is only 15 minutes away. It has designated picnic areas, trout fishing, and 10 miles of trails, some of which allow horseback riding.
Lakewood Cultural Center – The artistic hub of Lakewood, the Lakewood Cultural Center includes a 320-seat theater, art galleries, and fine art and dance studios. The Center hosts camps, performances, and special events.
Bear Creek Lake Park – This park is for outdoor lovers as it provides 2,624 acres of fun. Hiking, biking, camping, fishing, boating, picnicking, and an archery range are all available.
More Outdoor Fun – Jefferson County Open Space is an outdoor network of 52,000 acres of parkland – all of which are just a short drive from Lakewood. In total, there are 210 multi-use trails to enjoy.