Ten places to chill this summer in Denver

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Forney Museum of Transportation 4303 Brighton Boulevard

From old-school electric cars to antique Ski-Doos and vintage tractors, the Forney Museum has been showcasing transportation history in Colorado for more than fifty years. With hundreds of vehicles on wheels (and others for travel by sea and rail) in its collection plus a rotating display of classic autos and other wild contraptions, the Forney is a perfect place for lowering everyone's temperature.

Elitch Lanes 3825 Tennyson Street

Elitch Lanes -- which used to be located across from the amusement park when it was in northwest Denver -- has become an institution in and of itself, and bowling is a great way to keep yourself moving without sweating too much. Pick up a game during the day, reserve a spot for your next birthday party, or head in late at night for a little bowling after dark. Elitch Lanes is hopping with weeknight drink specials, cheap and delicious snacks, and, of course, ten frames of the game for a nice price.

Space Gallery 400 Santa Fe Drive

Earlier this year, Space Gallery officially opened the doors of its brand-new location, a 4,000-square-foot, fully air-conditioned gallery and event space. Just as you could at its previous incarnation down the street, you can host your wedding, dance party or fundraiser here, or enjoy one of the many openings showcasing local artists throughout the year. No matter what the weather's like outside, Space provides a comfortable atmosphere inside.

The Source 3350 Brighton Boulevard Housed inside a gorgeous old warehouse with sixty-foot ceilings, the Source is just what its name implies: a one-stop shop for locally sourced artisan food, drinks and gifts. Cool off in this indoor market while perusing a dozen local vendors, from a butcher to a florist to a brewery to an art gallery. More than just a center for eclectic merchant shopping, the Source also offers refreshing dine-in options, like a meal at rustic eatery Acorn or an out-of-this-world fruit-and-veggie combination at fresh-juice bar the Pressery.
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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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