Colorado has its share of stunning natural attractions, but sometimes the kids are eager for a little more than panoramic mountain vistas. Colorado amusement parks are happy to oblige with opportunities for hanging upside down from a roller coaster, swirling down a waterslide or riding easy on a scenic carriage ride. Here are a few Colorado thrill rides:
Mind-blowing rides for those taller than 48 inches, plenty of slower family rides for those who aren’t, an 11-ride water park, an arcade, lots of places to eat and a summer concert series make this Denver theme park Colorado’s largest. Go ahead, have a funnel cake, but maybe not before you ride the Sidewinder or the twirling Teacups.
Walk through the gates of Glenwood Springs' amusement park and find yourself choosing from rides that take you above or swing you above a valley or tours that take you beneath ground into haunting caverns. There's also a bungee trampoline, laser tag, a maze, alpine coaster, zip ride and much more to keep each member of the family busy.
One of the country’s biggest water parks, Denver's Water World is rated No. 3 on the Travel Channel’s Best Water Parks in America list. Splash through six-story-high speed chutes, white-water slides named after Colorado’s rivers, massive wave pools, a kids’ funhouse and that famous Colorado sun.
Located adjacent to the massive Royal Gorge outside Cañon City, walk across one of the world's highest suspension bridges, take an aerial tram, swing over the gorge on the Royal Rush Skycoaster, pet a llama in the petting zoo and see a magic show.
At Santa’s North Pole workshop outside Colorado Springs, Christmas lasts from May through December. Never lose that special holiday feeling with special visits from Santa, magic shows, the Candy Cane Coaster and more than 20 other family rides.
Summer in Colorado Ski Resorts
Many of Colorado's ski resorts turn the tops of their mountains into fun parks during the summer, featuring alpiine slides, mini-golf, bungee rides, climbing walls and more. Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Steamboat, Vail, Winter Park, Crested Butte and Durango Mountain Resort are just a few of them. Find more things to do during the summer in Colorado ski towns >>
Other Colorado Theme Parks
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