The Water World amusement park located just north of Denver has been named as one of the top 10 water parks in the United States by Yahoo! Travel.
“Summer … is in full swing. But rather than cranking the AC, a great way to cool off and chill out is to head straight to a water park. With heart-racing rides for the thrill-seekers, calm pools for the kiddies, and entertainment, it’s a day the whole family can enjoy,” reviewer Caitlin Kiernan wrote. “So Yahoo! Travel waded through all the water parks and found the best of the bunch.”
Water World was joined on the resulting list by parks in California, Florida and Hawaii, as well as several in southern states.
Noting the park’s exceptional size and variety of activities — 64 acres and 49 different attractions — Kiernan singled out Water World’s Mile High Flyer and Storm rides; the former is a water coaster, the latter a raft ride that recreates a thunderstorm inside a dark tunnel.
Single-day tickets start at $34 for kids and $39 for adults if purchased online. That’s a comparatively affordable way to beat the heat of a Colorado summer (especially given that a personal backyard pool can run between $20,000 and $50,000). Since Water World is owned and operated by the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District, residents of the district and the city of Westminster receive steeply discounted rates.
Coloradans have another water park experience to look forward to in the near future, too. The state’s first indoor water park resort is scheduled to open less than an hour away from Denver in late 2016.
Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs is envisioned as a 380,000-square-foot resort that will including lodging and other entertainment in addition to a 65,000-square-foot indoor water park.
Guests can look forward to a five-story waterslide, wave pool and “multi-level aquatic jungle gym.” There will also be miniature golf, a mini bowling alley, a climbing wall, a ropes course and even a kiddie spa offering ice cream and pedicures. Each evening, there will be a show and story time (pajamas welcome).
Each of the resort’s 311 guest suites will accommodate at least six people, no doubt in hopes of drawing in families for vacations year-round.