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Elitch Gardens, Denver

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#7 of 16 in Theme Parks in Colorado
Theme Park Water / Amusement Park
A water park and amusement park with over 50 rides, Elitch Gardens also has up-close animal interactions, magical illusion shows, games, and concerts. Ride a roller coaster, get soaked on a water ride, take in an acrobatic show, and view the city from the top of the observation tower. Check out the Brain Drain ride, a seven-story steel-looping roller coaster, and Disaster Canyon, which stimulates white-water rafting. After you've worked up an appetite, indulge in some barbeque or funnel cakes, or something else from one of the park's many restaurants. Parking is free with season passes, or available for a daily fee with single-day tickets. There is also a light rail stop and bus station next to the park's entrance if you want to avoid parking. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Elitch Gardens by using our Denver trip itinerary planner.
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3.8
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  • I expected more from this park for the price. It was a very long hot wait just to get in. Once inside there are ridiculous lines for every ride. All but 1 roller coaster were closed. Food & drink are ...  more »
  • Waited over an hour for XLR8R ride (which costs an extra $20 per person) and there were ONLY THREE PEOPLE ON LINE AHEAD OF ME. That's right, and no ride malfunction - just lazy and stupid staff runnin...  more »
  • We went there with twins age 10 and their older sister age 11. They were too big for the kiddie land and most of the other rides scared them.Just not much for their ages to do besides the "carnival ga...  more »
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  • Positives: Fun place for a family day and if getting a pass for the summer, a great bargain. The rides are enjoyable and thrilling! The rock and ride events are well worth the cost for the awesome concerts! Negatives: Regular daily prices are Very high which may discourage people from going and security is tight and a bit unfriendly. Their food staff could also use much more training. At one burger place we waited 45 minutes for two plates of fries and watched the bar tender waste enough beer to fill 6 glasses while trying to fill the five that were ordered. Good overall family place.
  • A good variety of rides, open all summer, and some of the spring and fall, too. There are roller coasters, carnival type rides, and a kiddie land section for smaller children. They also have a water park included with admission. On a hot summer day, a water park is the way to go! Staff has always been helpful and polite, and don't mind answering questions you may have. Even their disability access is fair. My son has a wheelchair, and almost every walkway we had to use was level enough not to create problems. And even tho we have to use the exit as an entrance, they do not let us "jump the line", rather, they give a return time to come back. Even the food is decent.
  • Friendly,clean,inviting. Loved the rides.only downfall? Lines to wait for rides, and watch your personals.. Things get stolen real quick and staff pretty much can't do anything about it. My suggestion? Take ONLY what you need. A family day of Fun!
  • This place has gone down hill over the years. It just isn't the same anymore. Probably a third of the rides were closed. On a Sunday yes but a very busy and important weekend holiday. A few more shut down throughout the day for emergency maintenance. The water in the water park was freezing. Icy cold and miserable. It sucked all the fun out of going into the wave pool or going down any slide. Nearly whole of the park was dirty. Just downright filthy. I saw people walking around and picking up trash but despite all that, the park was still...dirty. The food was sub-par at best. At least the funnel cakes are poured and not pre-made and microwaved. Overall just an unpleasant experience. To think a few years ago I had a season pass. Now they can't even pay me to come there. P.S. You pay for everything. Parking, admission, water, the air, to continue living. It gets real old real fast.
  • I mean seriously why do places like this think it's good business to milk people for everything? Why offer an unlimited dinning plan only to add restrictions to locations? Why pay $14.00 for the cup plus a dollar every refill? Why have a 3 hour entrance process to purchase a pass when major themes aren't even operational? Why three different lines to serves the same purpose? Why restrict days to bring a friend passes and add a deadline for purchasing? I mean really It took 3 hours to get in only to find out that all the rides weren't open we were restricted to certain places even though we paid $400 for dinning BS...only to have wait in line again for an hour to get on the spider for 4 min. Arrived at noon it's now 6:30pm i'm waiting in line to get on our third ride. Make sure you read the fine print! I recommend buying the 69.99 pass and bringing lunch to eat outside. Come early and milk it like they milked us!

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