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9 Denver Water Parks And Beaches
1. Bay Aquatic Park 250 Spader Way (Broomfield) 303-469-3301• Visit the City of Broomfield's website for more information. HOURS 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and on Fridays until 8 p.m. now through Labor Day. PRICING $6 to $8 During the off-season, the first phase of a substantial renovation took place at the Bay, with construction focused on a zero-depth Tot Pool with pint-sized water slides and ample splashing space. Another hit: the park’s new interactive spray-ground. You’ll also find familiar features: two serpentine slides, a leisure pool and an inner-tube slide, shade shelters and a concession stand. Lockers are available, and guests should bring their own padlocks or purchase one at the office. There are resident and senior rates, and children 3 and younger are free with a paid adult. Season passes are available for Broomfield residents only. FYI: The Bay can’t accept bills larger than $20. INSIDER TIP Friday nights are family nights, 4 to 8 p.m., just $10 for the whole gang.
2. H2O'Brien 10795 Victorian Drive, Parker 303-841-4500 • Visit the City of Parker's website for more information. HOURS 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and Fridays until 9 p.m. now through Labor Day. PRICING $4.50 and up H2O'Brien outdoor pool is the watery experience of yesteryear with its colorful, inviting structures and simple design. The facility features two 182-inch water slides, a waterworks play structure and a spray garden with geysers. A circulation pool is ideal for younger splashers, and the lap pool beckons serious swimmers. Little squirts 48 inches and shorter are invited to play with their grown-ups before the pool officially opens, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.Regroup while noshing something from the classic concession stand in the shade shelter during daily safety breaks held at 12:50, 2:50 and 4:50.
3. The Splash at Fossil Trace 3151 Illinois St., Golden 303-277-8700 • Visit The Splash's website for more information. HOURS 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily now through August 17. PRICING $4.50 to $9 Sitting on 10 acres of beautiful Rocky Mountain soil and encompassed by majestic mountain views, The Splash is Jefferson County’s largest water park, the fourth largest in Colorado. The Splash offers a leisure pool jam-packed with an interactive play structure with slides, spray cannons and a tipper bucket that dumps hundreds of gallons of water every few minutes. Other attractions include two big water slides (a body slide and a 180-foot tube slide), a few smaller tot-friendly slides, beach entry and shallow water depths suitable for budding amphibious superstars. The lap pool flaunts eight spacious 25-meter lanes, a diving board and open swim areas. Children adore the monstrous – and shady! – sandbox and nearby Splashpad. Tippers Grill serves up a variety of meals and healthy snacks; the aquatics center houses a bathhouse, pro shop and lockers. Golden residents, Jefferson County residents and seniors receive discount pricing, those 2 and under are free and seasonal passes and punch cards can be purchased. INSIDER TIP Don’t miss discounted “twilight hours,” weekdays from 4:30 p.m. to close.
4. Boulder Reservoir 5565 N. 51st St. 303-441-3461 • Visit the City of Boulder's website for more information. HOURS 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays, Thursdays 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Fridays through Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. now through Labor Day. PRICING $3.75 to $6.25 The fun it supplies is incalculable: Spine-tingling views abound at the seasonally-guarded beach, equipped with 13 picnic sites, a concession stand, restrooms and showers, sand volleyball courts and horseshoe pits. A 5-mile trail circles the reservoir, luring runners, cyclists and hikers. Children of all ages delight in unequivocal wildlife viewing – from bass, catfish, osprey and raptors, to owls, rabbits and prairie dogs, the reservoir provides habitat for a variety of species. This month, don’t miss the annual 4th of July celebration or the family-friendly Ironkids Boulder triathlon on Saturday, July 12.
5. The Swim Beach at Cherry Creek State Park 4201 S. Parker Rd. (Aurora)303-690-1166 • Visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website for more information. HOURS 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily now through Labor Day. PRICING $9 per car per day Dig out the beach ball, slather on the sunscreen and head to Cherry Creek State Park, where you can sunbathe on the beach, swim in the 880-surface-acre reservoir, participate in a pick-up volleyball game or gill a feast to enjoy at a picnic table. This swim beach is an idyllic spot for cooling off in a natural prairie environment of gentle, rolling hills. There are no lifeguards, and children must be with an adult at all times. It’s no wonder the state park calls itself “Denver’s Big Backyard” – Beyond the beach you’ll find campgrounds, hiking and biking trails and bird watching opportunities. The park is also home to the owner-operated Cherry Creek Marina & Yacht Club, a facility offering a variety of rental boats – everything from pontoons to paddle boats. Water-skiing is permitted, and all rentals include safety equipment, as needed. Annual park passes are available for $73.
6. The Swim Beach at Chatfield Reservoir 11500 N. Roxborough Park Rd., Littleton 303-791-7275 • Visit the Colorado Parks & Wildlife website for more information. HOURS sunrise to sunset daily now through Labor Day. PRICING $8 per car per day Amenities include full service restrooms with showers and picnic tables. There is no lifeguard on duty. Glass and pets are not allowed, and grilling on the beach is discouraged for safety reasons. Chatfield State Park surrounds the beach, providing 197 campsites and opportunities for horseback riding and hot air ballooning, as well as a recreation area where boating, a fabulous floating restaurant and a marina await. Jet skiing and water skiing are permitted in the reservoir, and boats can be leased at the marina. Annual park passes are $70 for the general public. For quick swim beach access, enter the park on the west side at Wadsworth Blvd.
7. Island Kingdom at Elitch Gardens 2000 Elitch Circle, Denver 303-595-4386 • Visit Elitch's website for more information. HOURS 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily now through Labor Day. PRICING $31.99 to $34.99 for admission to both theme park. Water park classics include Elitch’s action-packed take on the lazy river, complete with geysers, water bubbles and waterfalls, and the Commotion Ocean wave pool. Kids dig Hook's Lagoon for its five-story tree house, and families can unwind at a private cabana; prices start at $100. Life jackets are free; strollers, wheelchairs and lockers may be rented. Skip pay-to-park. There’s a Light Rail stop within walking distance. Purchase tickets in advance online or at the main gate for $45.99; at $79.99, season passes are the best deal for repeat customers. Insider tip: Plan your visit on weekdays when attendance is lighter. NEW THIS YEAR Dive-in movies for families. Catch Disney’s Frozen on July 11th and Despicable Me 2 on July 25th.
8. Water World 8801 N. Pecos St., Federal Heights 303-427-7873 • Visit Water World's website for more information. HOURS 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily now through Labor Day. PRICING $35.99 to $40.99 for general admission For an epic summer experience, venture to Water World, one of the largest water parks in the county and the largest youth employer in metro Denver, hiring about 1,000 young people to help run the park yearly. Water World boasts more family tube rides than any other park in America and offers several twisty water slides named for local rivers, like the Rio Grande, Eagle, Gunnison and our beloved Ragin’ Colorado. There are 49 attractions in all, 25 of which have been dubbed family-friendly: Tortuga Run, Screamin’ Mimi, Pirate’s Plunge and Thunder Bay Wave Pool, to name a few. Children can also Voyage to the Center of the Earth, or travel to a pyramid brimming with treasures; both rides have been enhanced in celebration of the park’s 35th season. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at a picnic table, covered pavilion or on a grassy knoll. Dining options are also available for $13.99 for children and $15.99 for adults; for tots under 40 inches, it’s free all-you-care-to-eat fare with one paid adult. Pick up a complimentary life vest; rent your tube. Senior pricing, mid-day admissions pricing and season passes are offered, along with all-day and pay-as-you-go locker rentals. If the kids get antsy while waiting in line, try Tube Valet.
9. Pirate's Cove 1225 W. Belleview, Englewood 303-762-2683 • Visit Pirate Cove's website for more information. HOURS 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily now through September 2. PRICING $8.50 for kids 2-17, $9.75 for adults As the 750-gallon dump bucket fills up, giddy children gather below in the zero-depth entry leisure pool, waiting to get drenched. Nearby, other kids play in the leisure pool play structure at Pirate’s Cove. This modest and budget-friendly outdoor aquatics facility is located next door to the Belleview Park petting zoo and kiddie train. Boasting many of the attractions that draw us to the bigwigs — a lazy river meandering past an adventurous Swirling Vortex and a 35-foot tower with three slides varying in length and speed — Pirate’s Cove delivers relief from the heat and budget fatigue. In addition to the play features, a 25-meter, 6-lane competitive pool with diving board and drop slide is available for parents looking to fit in a workout. The sand play area and spray garden offer prune-free breaks for land lovers. When hunger strikes, Barnacle Café serves fries and churros or that ubiquitous water park favorite: Dippin' Dots futuristic ice cream. All-day private cabanas start at $70. Parking is free, and special admission pricing is available for residents and seniors. Returning mateys, consider season and family pass options, as well as discounted 10-visit Captain’s Passes.
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