Water parks in Colorado Springs are a cool place to relax in the Rockies. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Colorado Springs water parks.
Elitch Gardens Water Park
The Elitch Garden water park is part of the Elitch Garden Amusement Park. For more than 100 years, the Elitch Gardens Park has entertained hundreds of thousands of visitors. Today, in addition to the theme park, a water park gives visitors a chance to cool off.
Hook's LagoonHook's Lagoon is a five-story water playground that delights visitors of all ages. More than 150 water gadgets, sprinkle, squirt and splash players while a bucket douses the entire playground with water every few minutes.
The Lazy RiverCastaway Creek is a lazy river with a lot of excitement. The river includes waterfalls, bubbles and geysers. The Edge features a 42-foot drop down one side of the slide before climbing the other side. The Acapulco Cliff Dive is a 65-foot tall free fall slide and the Paradise Pipeline is a 62-foot enclosed corkscrew slide.
Dining OptionsIn the water park, restaurants serve pizza, snack foods and ice cream. There are more food options in the main park.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Elitch Gardens Water Park.
Address: 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver, CO 80204
Hours: Elitch Gardens Water Park is open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. from, May 28 through Labor Day
Price: Tickets for adults and children over 48 inches tall are $42.99. Tickets for children under 48 inches tall and seniors over 62 are $29.99
One of the largest water parks in the country, Water World boasts 64 acres with more than 45 different water attractions. Designed with the family in mind, Water World has more family tube rides than any other water park in the country.
Ride With DinosaursVoyage to the Center of the Earth takes riders back to the age when dinosaurs ruled the planet. This enclosed waterslide adds animatronic dinos and their roars to give everyone in the family a thrilling ride.
Attractions For All AgesYoung visitors can play in the Silly Shores water playground. Older visitors that tire of any of the more than 40 waterslides can try the Wave, a simulated surfing attraction or Thunder Bay, Water World's newly renovated wave pool. To get a bird's eye view of the park, take a ride on the Funhouse Express Gondola and soar over the park.
Restaurants And Food VendorsThe park offers more than 10 restaurants and food vendors. They offer burgers, fries, pizza, ice cream and Mexican fare. Water World allows guests to bring their own coolers and picnic food.
Safety RecordThe Denver ABC affiliate reported that a 48-year-old man drowned while swimming in the Captain Jack Wave Pool in 2009.
Address: 1800 W. 89th Ave., Federal Heights, CO 80260
Hours: During July and August, the park is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Price: Adults and children 48 inches and taller pay $35.99 per ticket. Tickets for children from 40 to 47 inches are $30.99. Children under 40 inches tall are free and tickets for seniors 60 and over are $6.99
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