Students in Centennial are educated mainly by Littleton Public Schools and Cherry Creek Public Schools, which also include charter schools. There are also many private schools to choose from. Both public school districts are amongst the nation's top school districts. High school students can attend schools in nearby Aurora, Englewood and Littleton. Post-secondary students can choose from several nearby colleges and universities. These include Arapahoe Community College, Belleview College and Bible Seminary, Regis University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Colorado at Denver, University of Denver, and University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
Attractions/Points of Interest
Centennial's proximity to the exciting events and attractions of Denver make for an ideal day trip for the family. The Denver Zoo, Denver Art Museum, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Six Flags Elitch Gardens are just a few of Denver's attractions. The Aurora Historical Museum, Littleton Historical Museum and Hudson Gardens are also nearby. Fiddler's Green Amphitheater attracts major national music acts. For pro sports, Denver is the home of the Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rockies, Denver Broncos, and Denver Nuggets. And for those looking to travel outside of Denver, the Denver International Airport is approximately 30 miles away.
Centennial has more than 50 parks, which include a war memorial rose garden, ball fields, playgrounds, a horse arena, wildlife trails, swimming pools, and tennis, volleyball and basketball courts. The city also has several recreational centers. Golfers can pursue their sport at the 18-hole South Suburban Golf Course. Residents also enjoy the South Suburban Ice Arena and the Family Sports Center. Two NHL-sized ice rinks, a nine-hole golf course, a climbing wall and a laser tag arena are located at the Family Sports Center.
For a delightful outdoor experience, locals journey to the Cherry Creek Ecological Park. At the park, visitors can walk along a boardwalk and trails featuring uplands and wetlands. Residents can view the 17 Mile House, managed by the Arapahoe County Recreational District. The 17 Mile House, built during the 19th century, is along the historic Cherokee/Smokey Hill Trail, which connected Bent's Fort and other settlements with several mining camps.
Arapahoe Parks and Recreation manages approximately eight parks and 300 acres of natural areas. Nearby Cherry Creek Lake State Park is a favorite boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and cross-country skiing destination. The park has a model airplane airfield and a shooting range.
The stunning scenery of Rocky Mountain National Park is a recreational paradise. Its 265,000-plus acres are a haven for hikers and wildlife watchers. This national park has almost 150 lakes and almost 200 peaks over 10,000 feet in elevation. The park is also home to the nation's highest paved road, Trail Ridge Road. Centennial is within a one and a half to two hour drive to exceptional ski areas like Winter Park, Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone, Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Beaver Creek, and Vail.
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