Colorado Amusement Parks

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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:

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

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.

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park

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.

Water World

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.

Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

Located adjacent to the massive Royal Gorge outside Cañon City, walk across one of the world's highest suspension bridges and then take in some of the park's other thrills, with many new offerings coming online in the summer of 2014.

North Pole Home of Santa’s Workshop

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

Lakeside in Denver
Boondocks Fun Center in Northglenn 
Gateway Park Fun Center in Boulder
Heritage Square in Golden
Ride-A-Kart & Cascade Creek Mini-Golf in Estes Park

Photo courtesy of Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park.

Water rides at a Colorado amusement park, Elitch Gardens in Denver, Colorado
Water rides at Denver's amusement park, Elitch Gardens
Courtesy of Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

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