by Client Care
on Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 9:00am.
Denver, Colorado has a wonderful amusement park located right in the heart of the downtown area called Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park. Known as "Elitch's" this amusement park is loved by people of all ages and hosts some of the most fun seasonal events the city has to offer. Started in 1890 at another location, Elitch’s is now located at 2000 Elitch Circle which is easily accessible via I-25. This new location offers 68 acres of fun and excitement, and is fully equip with ample parking, picnic, dining, entertainment, and changing facilities. The park holds seasonal hours and is open from late April to just after Halloween where they close out the year with their insanely popular Fright Fest.
The main amusement park is known for its huge rollercoaster rides like the Twister, Sidewinder and Mind Eraser. The Twister II was designed to resemble the Elitch’s first wooden rollercoaster that helped to make the park so popular in the first place. Sidewinder is an arrow dynamics shuttle loop roller coaster that promises adventure around every twist and turn. The Mind Eraser is a suspended loop coaster that was built in 1997 which has riders hanging beneath the track with their legs dangling in the air.
Other notable rides include the Ghost Blaster II, the Big Wheel, and the original Carousel. Ghost Blaster is a haunted ride that is set in an eerie manor house loaded with ghosts and goblins. Riders are armed with laser guns and try to shot the ghosts to protect their cars as they travel from scene to scene. At the main entrance of the ride, which is called the Stagecoach Mercantile, you will find a small souvenir shop, caricature stand, and airbrush tattoo booth. The Big Wheel is a gigantic Ferris wheel that is more than100 feet tall. Refurbished in 2010, this ride now features new LED lights which help to show off the beautiful painted details and reduced the ride’s energy consumption. The Carousel is a seventy 75 year old restored carousel which features 67 gorgeous hand-carved horses and chariots and is original to Elitch’s.
One of the main attractions during the summer months is their 20 acres Island Kingdom Water Park, which is included with the regular price of admission to the amusement park. Open from Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10am-6pm, barring day that are cooler than70 degrees, here you will find a big tube slide, a body slide tower, a water playground, and a huge lazy river. The water park is decorated with palm trees and several other seasonal tropical plants which help to create an island oasis in the middle of Denver.
Beside the rides, Elitch’s also plays host several events each year including private parties, concerts, fundraisers, and fireworks. If fun and amusement are what you seek, you definitely do not want to miss Elitch Gardens the next time you are in Denver!