- The list below includes 307 free or cheap things to do in or near Arvada, Colorado, including 92 different types of inexpensive activities like Parks, Children's Play Area, Movie Theaters and Recreation Centers.
- From West Arvada Dog Park to Johnny Roberts Memorial Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Arvada and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Golden, Littleton, Boulder and Denver.
Situated on a mountain pass in the Continental Divide, Loveland Pass offers visitors views of the surrounding mountains at an elevation of 11,990 ft. The pass is accessible from the highway and provides visitors with a photo opportunity.
Built inside the restored historic structure of Kress Building, Kress Cinema & Lounge is an independent theater whose shows include both mainstream and alternative content. The theater also houses a full bar and a kitchen allowing visitors to enjoy a meal while watching a movie.
The Greeley Ice Haus is an indoor ice arena with frequent public skate events including: Weekend Cosmic Skating, Drop-In ice-hockey, Stick 'n' Puck practice (all ages), Skills & Drills practice. Skate sharpening and cafe are also on-site.
Greeley Recreation Center is 105,000 sq ft and includes a fitness facility, racquetball courts, indoor pool, rock climbing wall, two gymnasiums and a 25 yard indoor pool with diving well. They also have banquet rooms that can be rented.
Housed in Beaux-Arts style gallery building, this site contains exhibits on bicycles, the formation of Union Colony, and Horace Greeley's presidential campaign. The Greeley History Museum also contains a research center.
Centennial Village Museum is a local historic village complete with old building structures and gardens with the guides dressed in period costumes and offering informative insights about the local history.
Located on Lake Granby, Stillwater Campground is part of the Arapaho National Recreation Area and offers tent and RV camping sites. The campground is used for fishing, swimming and boating and provides shower and restroom facilities along with drinking water.
Named after the dinosaur bones that were discovered during its construction, Fossil Creek Park, has activities for children of all ages. The park features a splash pad, playground areas, sports fields, dog park, and Fossil Creek Lake.