When you are looking for a place to go for hours of fun, Elitch Gardens Theme Park in Denver, CO, is that place. The whole family will enjoy the many rides at the park and will very much look forward to going again. At one time, this popular theme park was run under the Six Flags brand.
Besides having a lot of different rides, there is also a water park, which will help the family cool off some in the heat of summer. Elitch Gardens has many rides, but there is also another side of the park that is sure to make it even more interesting. The park also offers a number of shows, and shopping outlets, too.
Altogether, there are more than 100 rides. The rides include state of the art roller coasters and other types, and there are rides for everyone else, as well. In most cases, in order to go on the roller coasters, riders will need to be at least 48" tall, and in some cases at least 55" tall.
One of the most popular roller coasters is called the Mind Eraser. Riders have their legs and feet dangling and they travel at more than 60 mph doing roll overs, dives and double corkscrews. Another favorite is the Tower of Doom that gives its riders a 200-foot drop on a free-fall ride! Other rides are sure to shake up the riders every way possible - and some that they may never have experienced before. Another ride will even take you through a pitch dark tunnel - after taking a 90-foot drop (Twister II).
The Island Kingdom Water Park is sure to provide some excitement for the family on these rides that are sure to cool the riders. There are several slides and tubes to go down, and at least three of them are more than 60 feet. Another tube ride, Cannonball Falls, offers enclosed tubes.
The whole family can enjoy the giant wave pool called Commotion Ocean. Here they can go body surfing or just relax. Hook's Lagoon is another one the family can enjoy. There is a five-story tree house, and 150 water gadgets, and more. The whole family can also ride down the Castaway River in a raft, or go on the Splashdown.
Visitors that go into the park are also given a free pass to go to the concert. In the summer months various concerts are hosted, giving visitors a great treat. Concerts start at 7 PM and seating is only available on a first-come, first-served basis.
When you want to go shopping, there are a number of stores to choose from. If you want apparel, you can find it at The District, hats and sunglasses at John's Haberdashery, or western clothing at Stagecoach Merchandise. If you want pictures, you can dress up as an old west lady or a gent at the Antique Photo Parlor, or get your pictures developed at Elitch's Photo Service. Face painting, body art, caricature artists, Cartoon Collectibles, and much more - as well as plenty of sweets - are also readily available in the park.
Getting hungry while in the park is not a problem, either. There are plenty of restaurants and snack shops that can take care of that need. You can find places to buy ice cream, soft pretzels, pizza, a sports bar, and sit-down restaurants.
The Elitch Gardens Theme Park in Denver, CO is generally open from 10 AM until 9 PM. This includes June and July, and the first week of August. Saturdays in July means that the park stays open an extra hour, from 10 AM until 10 PM.