Colorado is renowned for its outdoor opportunities. Though the state is best known for nature-related recreation, adventurers can enjoy a day in the water elsewhere—namely, water parks and public pools. To help your search, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite Denver-area water activities.
- Water World; 1800 W. 89th Ave. Federal Heights, CO 80260
This is one of the largest family water parks in the country. Easily accessible by Denver residents, this is the perfect place for a family outing. All rides are marked with a “thrill rating,” making it easy to tailor your experience to personal (and the kids’) preferences. Larger groups can reserve a pavilion or picnic tables in advance to guarantee a place to take a break from the park’s 50 aquatic attractions.
- Pirates Cove; 1225 W. Bellview Ave. Englewood, CO 80120
This small waterpark certainly packs a punch. It features a 35-foot tower with three slides, a lazy river, a six-lane pool, and a 25-meter pool—in addition to several concessions and family friendly activities. This is a great place to take small children; it is less expensive than other parks in the area, the rides are more accessible, and fewer attractions mean a smaller chance for overstimulation.
- Deer Creek Pool; 8637 S. Garrison St. Littleton, CO 80128
Another attraction perfect for younger kids, this small, inexpensive park is very laid-back. The area offers a pol, a slide, and several lap lanes. You can also find plenty of space for leisure swimming and wading, as well as a comprehensive concession stand. Also, those who live in the district are eligible for significant discounts on day passes.
- Elitch Gardens—Island Kingdom; 2000 Elitch Cir. Denver, CO 80204
Part of the larger Elitch Gardens theme park, Island Kingdom access is free with general park admission. Families will find both leisure and thrill rides—everything from a lazy river to heart-pounding water slides. The park’s Splashdown features a 75-foot-long twisting raft ride, and Hook’s Lagoon is a great place to bring the toddlers.