It is difficult to imagine given the weather the past few days, but soon we will all be needing some fun-filled activities for those longgggg summer days, I’ve put together the ultimate guide of water parks!
Elitch Gardens’ Water Park is included with theme park admission from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and tube rental is $5 for a single, or $8 for a double. Thrill slides like the Cannonball Falls and Gangplanks, and our favorite, the Mega Wedgie, a 6 story-tall aqua tube, are available for thrill seekers, as are others like Castaway Creek, an action river with geysers, water bubbles, and waterfalls. 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver
Hyland Hills’ Water World is one of the nation’s largest family water parks boasting 51 thrilling and unique attractions on 70 beautiful acres. Now in its 40th season, community-owned Water World, which has hosted more than 15 million guests over the years, is again being acknowledged as one of the best water parks in the world. The park is open daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend (weather permitting). Admission tickets range from $24.99 to $45.99 depending on date of visit and purchase method. 8801 N. Pecos St., Federal Heights
The Great Outdoors Waterpark (formerly the LaMont Does Outdoor Pool), hosts amenities like two 21-foot high slides, two brand new pools, a lazy river, a two-story Grand Eagle Dump Bucket, and more interactive play for families. Open May 25 to August 11. Park hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Tickets are $7.50 for ages two to 17, $10 for adults ages 18-54, and $7.50 for seniors age 55 and older. 500 S. Boulder Rd., Lafayette
Fasten your eye patch, and head out to Pirates Cove after May 25 to check out the leisurely lagoon pool, the family favorite Dump Bucket, lazy river, water slides, a sand play area, and a spray garden.Prices range from $8-$16 for daily passes and $68-$282 for season passes. 1225 W. Belleview Ave., Littleton
Broomfield’s outdoor water park, designed for children ages one to 12, features a large pool, tot pool, body slide, tube slides, sprayground, picnic areas, and is ADA accessible. Opens on May 25. Kids age three and under are free with paying adult, kids age four to 17 are $5 resident/$7 nonresident and $5-$9 for adults. 250 Spader Way, Broomfield
The largest water park in Jefferson County, The Splash at Fossil Trace houses two large body and tube water slides, a large pool with a play structure, small water slides, spray fountains, and a 500 gallon dump bucket, as well as a sand area for all ages to make sandcastles, plus a spray fountain and shaded areas for reapplying sunscreen. Daily admission is free for kids age two and under, and $5-$10.50 for other guests. 3151 Illinois St., Golden