Transport Yourself to Meow Wolf

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You don’t have to go far to travel out of this world.

 

In the fall of 2021, Denver opened an interactive art experience like nothing else on Earth. Meow Wolf has landed.

 

Meow Wolf is a massive museum of psychedelic, colorful, mind-bending art centered around a fun, fiction story. As the narrative goes, a crazy cosmic event merged four different worlds; the result is called Convergence Station, Meow Wolf’s third permanent installation and the biggest yet. It’s set up like an intergalactic bus station (complete with the actual bus that helped spark the Americans with Disability Act years ago).

 

Spread over four floors, this immersive attraction was created by more than 350 local and international artists.

 

Here’s what to know if you’re planning to visit.

How to do Meow Wolf

 

Kennedy Cottrell | Courtesy of Meow Wolf

 

Meow Wolf is open seven days a week. It’s best to buy tickets online ahead of time. You can choose between a ticket for anytime admission—which, as the name suggests, lets you arrive whenever you want on a specific day. Or, you can buy a timed entry ticket, which gets you a reservation for a specific arrival time on a specific date.

 

Ticket prices vary, but they start at $45.

 

Parking can be a bit tricky near Meow Wolf. There are several paid options around the venue, but they are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis—so be sure to give yourself extra time if you’re driving. Also, keep in mind that while the building is located at I-25 and Colfax, the only way to access it is from below the viaduct via the Auraria Campus and the Stadium District.

 

Plan at least a few hours to walk through this wild installation, and don’t be afraid to touch, play and explore. Try doors, look up, look down, you never know what you’ll find. Uncover secret rooms through tunnels and secret doors (hint: the laundry room is more than meets the eye). Follow your curiosity through wormholes and portals, through strange staircases and inside lockers and a massive, glowing, indoor castle; wander through glowing hallways and a labyrinth of mirrors. Sit in vehicles. Open drawers.

 

Get the most out of the experience by reading up on the storyline before you start, and don’t be afraid to ask the costumed actors questions and for tips. Meow Wolf is the combination of one-of-a-kind artwork created by more than 300 creatives (more than 100 of which are local), so take time to read the signs and dive deep.

 

Meow Wolf is fun for people of all ages, and it spans four different floors. You could spend all day there.

Where to Stay

 

It’s only fitting to stay in Denver’s only train station hotel, the luxurious Crawford Hotel at Union Station.

 

Photo by Aimee Heckel

 

The Crawford is a scenic destination, in and of itself. Each of the 112 rooms is uniquely decorated with interesting details. And the view from the hotel balcony is hard to beat.

 

Bonus: If you’re visiting Colorado from out of town, you can take a train directly from Denver International Airport to Union Station and not need to rent a car. Union Station itself is always hoppin’, with on-site bars, restaurants, shops and tons of people-watching. It’s located in the heart of downtown, so you can find plenty of other entertainment within walking distance.

What to Eat

 

After a good night’s sleep, the best way to do breakfast is right in front of your eyes. Union Station is lucky to house one of Colorado’s favorite local breakfast chains, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery. Not sure what to order (and looking for an unexpected ride for your tastebuds)?

 

Forget a flight of beer; get a flight of pancakes. With the classic flight, you’ll get three different flavors: a pineapple upside-down pancake (Snooze is famous for this one), a blueberry danish pancake and a pumpkin pecan pie pancake. Not digging one of those flavors? You’re wrong, but you can still swap them out for any three other pancake flavors. Peep the fall menu for inspiration.

 

It goes without saying, but wash the pineapple upside-down pancake down (that’s a tongue-twister!) with a mimosa and toast to the most epic, exciting staycation ever.

 

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