Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park
Type: Family Friendly, Theme Parks
Elitch Gardens first opened in 1890 and turned 130 in 2020. The park has a rich history and though it boasts many firsts, including being home to Denver's first symphony, Colorado's first children's... Read More
Elitch Gardens first opened in 1890 and turned 130 in 2020. The park has a rich history and though it boasts many firsts, including being home to Denver's first symphony, Colorado's first children's museum and the site of Denver's first movie theater, it has always evolved as new technology came along and trends changed. Today, its heart-stopping thrills include Brain Drain, Boomerang and XLR8R, while the newest family ride is a "thrill ride for the mind," an immersive journey through art landscapes based on Meow Wolf Denver. There are thrill rides (feel free to scare yourself silly on any of them), family rides and kids' rides, not to mention entertainment including dive-in movies in Elitch's water park. Elitch Gardens is a Denver summer tradition. Last year it opened for a special winter holiday extravaganza as well. Check the website for info on fireworks shows and concerts.
- Hours May Vary Seasonally
- Adult $34.99; Child $24.99; Child (3 and under) Free;
Parking $12 - $25
- Outdoor Activities: "Pay attention to height requirements for the various rides as they're strictly enforced."
- Best Attractions & Activities: "Afternoon thunderstorms are common. The park will shut down if there's a chance of lightning, so check the weather or go mornings or evenings when storms are less likely. Height requirements are enforced on rides so visit the park's website before going."
- Best for Outdoor Activities Because: Elitch Gardens, open for well over a century, is one of Denver's most recognized attractions with rides to meet everyone's adrenaline (or not) needs.
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Multiple generations of Denver families have grown up going to Elitch Gardens; while it's historic, it's also well up to today's adrenaline-rush standards.
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