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Photos: Ten great things to do in Denver before the Super Bowl -- many of them free

The City of Denver is celebrating the Broncos' trip to the Super Bowl in plenty of unusual ways -- like Governor John Hickenlooper temporarily renaming Colorado's 14ers for Denver players. And tourism agency VISIT DENVER is no exception.

The staff has come up with a list of things to do in Denver before the big game, many of them free.

Count down the top ten below, featuring photos, links, details and VISIT DENVER text.

Number 10: Escape Winter in a Tropical Floral Wonderland at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Photos: Ten great things to do in Denver before the Super Bowl -- many of them free

Who cares if cold and snow in New York will affect the passing game if you're walking between 200 orchids amidst more than 1,000 blossoms? Visit the conservatory, take of your coat and relax in the tropics until kickoff.

Number 9: Go Back 300 Million Years at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Photos: Ten great things to do in Denver before the Super Bowl -- many of them free
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You'll learn that a Super Bowl played during the Paleozoic era would have been an aquatic game because Seattle, Denver and New York were all under water. Burn off some energy at the Expedition Health and be reassured that no matter how fast your heart beats during the game, your brain cells will receive the same amount of oxygen.

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Number 8: View Bronco Inspired Art at the Denver Art Museum

Photos: Ten great things to do in Denver before the Super Bowl -- many of them free

There are more than a dozen works of art in the museum of bucking broncos, many in the museum's famed Western Art collection. The Hamilton building will be illuminated orange on Friday, Jan. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m., and Sat. Feb. 1 is one of the museum's pre-scheduled FREE days.

Number 7: Jog the Mile High Loop Trail in City Park

Photos: Ten great things to do in Denver before the Super Bowl -- many of them free

This 5k trail follows the 5,280 foot contour through City Park; many places along the trail are marked as being exactly one mile high! The trail also offers some of the finest views of the city with the mountains as a backdrop.

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Number 6: Stroll or Bike the Mall

Photos: Ten great things to do in Denver before the Super Bowl -- many of them free

Denver's mile-long 16th Street Mall is lined with 43 outdoor cafes. Designed by I.M. Pei, it is the prime people watching spot in the city -- and on Sundays only, it's permissible to ride your bike down the Mall.

Number 5: Contemplate the Orange and Blue works of Clyfford Still

Photos: Ten great things to do in Denver before the Super Bowl -- many of them free

On Super Bowl Sunday, buy 1 admission and get one free at the Clyfford Still Museum with the special code, "BRONCOS." And when the Broncos win the Super Bowl, the museum will offer free admission on Tuesday, Feb. 3!

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Number 4: Ride an Orange Denver B-Cycle

Photos: Ten great things to do in Denver before the Super Bowl -- many of them free

There are more than 800 bikes at approximately than 83 stations throughout the city. Look for the two bright orange Broncos bikes, or pick up any of the bright red shiny Trek bikes and pedal off around Washington Park. And, on Super Bowl Sunday, enter promo code 214 for a discounted $3, 24-hour day pass (normally $8).

Number 3: Do the Zoo

Photos: Ten great things to do in Denver before the Super Bowl -- many of them free

The Denver Zoo is offering 50 percent off admission prices to Broncos fans wearing orange or their favorite Bronco-wear every day through Sat., Feb. 1. And game day, Sunday, Feb. 2 is a pre-scheduled FREE day. Be sure to visit the orangutans. With their naturally orange color, they just might be the biggest Bronco fans in the city.

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Number 2: Climb the stairs at Red Rocks

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Photo by Stephen Cummings

There are 69 rows of benches at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, all located 6,400 feet above sea level. Climbing the benches is a traditional Rocky Mountain workout, and great tension reliever. Or hike the 1.4 mile long Trading Post Trail that winds among the rocks offering excellent views.

Number 1: Wear a Broncos superfan outfit

Photos: Ten great things to do in Denver before the Super Bowl -- many of them free
Photo by Brandon Marshall

Wear something orange and enjoy FREE admission to the History Colorado Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2. At the museum, you can take your picture in front of the huge bison statue (who just happens to be wearing a Peyton Manning jersey) or try on a Barrel Man replica barrel in the Denver A to Z exhibit. There is a fun case of Orange Crush cans, as well as three floors of exhibits exploring Colorado Stories, Destination Colorado and the Living West.

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