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Elitch Gardens, Denver
(1.9/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Kids loved the amusement park, the wave pool was where I spent my time. The waterpark is what the kids love. 
  • This is a really great theme park, located in Downtown Denver and with a Water Park as well; the perks is that, it's all in one pass! We've had our friends pass there and we absolutely love it. It's a...  more »
  • We spent the day and found that it was plenty to see and do the rides. Unfortunately, the food and drink vendors were sorely understaffed and the wait was too long. After getting our food, we had to w...  more »
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  • The best amusement park I've ever been to. Great food, fun games, and great coasters. The lines don't flow smoothly, but it's an amusement park, don't expect to go and NOT have to wait for anything. Just wish that they'd do away with the line cutters. They have a policy about that, and it seems that they're not interested in upholding it. I saw a lot of people, namely teenagers, cutting in lines and no matter what anyone said, they didn't care.
  • Where to begin... went to fright fest. Paid A LOT of money (entry fee plus cost of haunted houses) to do only ONE ride before they closed due to the park being packed. It is also filled with trashy and disrespectful adolescents. This place makes me terrified for what our future as a species looks like. Will never be going here again. Feel bad for any families with children due to the horrific behavior and language that goes unchecked in this place.
  • The time you're actually on a ride is all good but the other 92% of the time you're there is pretty bad. I can understand long lines so I can give that a pass. But the main memory my family took away from our first time here was how bad the staff was. They were not only un-enthused about working there, but furthermore, they were strangely rude and even acted like they did not want you there! Poorly trained and know nothing and very unhelpful all around the park. I've never seen anything like it in any type of park or any type of business before. In the food area you will wait for over and hour and a half in line for a slice of pizza because the staff moves physically, even humorously slow...almost jokingly cartoon-like slow and they take a kitchen-emptying smoke break every 10 minutes for 8 mins. Saw that happen 5 times while in line. Ridiculously expensive too. When you order a pizza, they are noticeably, no, palpably pissed that they have to cut you up a slice. The burger line next to us was even worse. Not a manager in the whole place and very dirty. The only reason I give a couple of stars is because the guys working the "Boomerang" and another green spinny ride were kind of funny and actually helpful on their 2 rides, making jokes and keeping it light-hearted and trying to move the line through...what a concept! They almost redeemed the place single-handedly for me but if everyone else had even half the attitude those 2 guys had, I'm usually very gracious and would give 4-5 stars and would have loved the place. What a shame.
  • Always overcrowded and overpriced. Lines are very long for extremely short rides. This place is alright in the summer during the middle of the week if you want to ride water rides as well, but aside from that I have never had a pleasant experience on a weekend. Fright Fest is crap. If you've never ridden a rollercoaster before, sure. If you've been to any park worth the admission price, like a real Six Flags, then you are better spending your money elsewhere.
  • The park was alright. Small ride choice. The size of the park was not a good value for the money. The ability to buy tickets on line was good. I wish though when going through the line that you could sign in and stay signed in until you get through the line. Because of the site logging you out it took longer to get through the gate. Would I return? Probably not.