Lakewood Information

Lakewood, Colorado is located just west of Denver. As part of the Denver Metropolitan Area, this city of about 142,000 residents is the fifth-largest in Colorado. Lakewood has a semi-arid climate that's characterized by hot summers and cold winters with an abundance of snow. The city is perfectly poised for residents and visitors alike to take part in a variety of outdoor recreational activities year-round, from skiing, snowboarding, and tubing in the winter to golfing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and biking in the summer.

Many of these outdoor pursuits are offered at Bear Creek Lake Park. The park offers miles of trails for biking, walking, hiking, or horseback riding. There's also a beach for swimming and a marina for boating, as well as ample places for camping, complete with electrical hookups. Bear Creek Lake Park is also a great place to go fishing. Additionally, there are opportunities for guided horseback rides and water skiing lessons at the park. Many people enjoy using the picnic facilities at the park as well.

Lakewood also has a number of entertainment options in which to partake. There's The Edge Theatre Company, which offers intimate, quirky, and sometimes offbeat productions, as well as the Performance Now Theatre Company, which offers productions of famous Broadway musicals and popular movies. There's also the Lakewood Heritage Center, which offers everything from mother-daughter teas to musical performances by local and national bands. For more musical choices, Bear Creek Lake Park offers a summer concert series.

The city of Lakewood cares about the arts, and has several galleries that are free to the public. These galleries offer an ever-changing selection of exhibits from local and national artists. There's Art on the Commons, The Radius Gallery, the Spirit of Lakewood Gallery, the James J. Richey Gallery, and the North Gallery & Mezzanine Gallery.

Lakewood takes education seriously, and it's reflected in the number of interesting classes that the city offers. At both the Washington Heights Arts Center and the Lakewood Cultural Center, would-be artists of all ages can take classes in specialties like painting, drawing, sculpting, jewelry making, and more. There are also a variety of camps offered, with a focus on things like art, dancing, rock climbing, magic, or weaving.