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Pizzeria Locale in Highlands
This is one of our favorite locations! There is so much to see and do in the Highlands near our location at 3484 W. 32nd Street, you could spend a day within just a few blocks’ radius and work up an enormous appetite for your pizza!
Sloan’s Lake Park
Just south-west of our location, Sloan’s Lake Park is Mile High City’s second-largest park—and its largest body of water. Here you can play tennis, spend the afternoon boating or waterskiing, and of course there’s great fishing here. Around the lake you can hike, run, or ride your bicycle. And wait until dusk: this is the best parks for catching a sunset, with stunning views of the Rocky Mountains and our own Denver skyline.
There’s a fun story about this lake being created accidentally: one Thomas Sloan received a patent for the land in 1866. He dug a well and accidentally tapped into an underground aquifer, flooding his farm and inadvertently creating Sloan’s Lake. (Or, as some local busybodies would have it, “Sloan’s Leak”!) From 1881 to 1908, Manhattan Beach, an amusement park operated on the shores of the lake, and in 1923 the lake and its surroundings became a public park.
The park’s major annual event is the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival. Held every July, the highlight of this two-day cultural extravaganza is a dragon-boat competition, when dozens of amazingly intricate and colorful boats race across the water. Live music and dance, a “taste of Asia” food court, and family-friendly events round out the celebration.
Shopping & other
We’ll be honest: it’s not a neighborhood rich with interesting shopping opportunities. But if you’re at all into gardening (inside or out), make sure you visit Planted: it sells a plethora of succulents, blooming plants, and reclaimed wood containers. And if you want to dress the part, Colorado lifestyle boutique Aspen & Pine can help you find the perfect outfit.
On chillier days, or when you need a break from the sun, head just two blocks south of Sloan’s Lake Park to the Alamo Drafthouse, an eight-screen movie theater where they’ll even deliver drinks to your seat during the movie!
If you enjoyed our Neighborhood Neapolitan pizza for lunch, head over to the Downtown Aquarium for dinner—or just go for the exhibits! The entertainment and dining complex features a public aquarium with more than a million gallons of underwater exhibits highlighting worldwide ecosystems. There are over 500 species of animals, an interactive Stingray Reef touch tank, the Aquarium Restaurant, Dive Lounge, the Nautilus Ballroom—and enough amusements for everyone in the family. Special exhibits include North America, In the Desert (animals living in the desert have adapted to dryness, extreme temperatures and lack of shelter from the sun), Under the Sea (simulates the coral reef, rich in caves and crevices that create excellent habitats), At the Wharf (a tough habitat with water washing in and out), The Rainforest (simulating different kinds of tropical rainforests), The Coral Lagoon (introducing visitors to barrier reefs), The Sunken Temple, The Shipwreck Exhibit (did you know that most ships go down at the edge of the coral reef?), At The Beach (simulating the shallow water just off the shore), and of course don’t miss the Aquarium Express and the Aquatic Carousel!
Founded by John and Mary Elitch in 1890 as an open-air pleasure resort (complete with “zoological gardens” that included a lot of wild animals), through the 1930s the theatre was home to summer stock productions featuring Charlton Heston, local boy Douglas Fairbanks, Grace Kelly, and Clark Gable. Today you can see first-rate theatre indoors, and, in the summer, movie nights outside.
All this makes the Highlands a terrific place to spend a day, an evening, or both! Bring your best walking shoes and make sure you stop by Pizzeria Locale before or after your excursion for the best Neighborhood Neapolitan pizza around!