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Island Kingdom at Elitch Gardens

By Trevor Macomber

Overview:

A relatively small water park, Island Kingdom nonetheless features a fairly impressive selection of aquatic attractions. In RipQurl, two riders on a double tube drop 60 feet down a steep slide into a bowl, where they spin around before shooting through into the landing pool. Anyone hoping for a "lark in the dark" will enjoy the enclosed tube slides of Cannonball Falls and the Paradise Pipeline, while the 62-ft Sun Plunge and the 65-ft Acapulco Cliff Dive body slides aspire to simultaneously fulfill your need for speed and fun in the sun.

Of course, there are plenty of places where you don't have to worry about losing your bathing suit (at least from ride), including the Castaway Creek lazy river with, geysers, water bubbles, and waterfalls, the Commotion Ocean wave pool, and Hook's Lagoon, a five-story interactive water play area for the young kiddos. The best thing about the water park is that it's included in the general admission price to Elitch Gardens. However, on the down side, it can get pretty crowded on hot summer days.

Location:

Part of Elitch Gardens in Denver, Colorado

Phone:

(303) 595-4386

Admission Policy:

Included with general admission to Elitch Gardens.

Water Park Features:

Interactive kids' play area, wave pool, tube slides, body slides, and a lazy river.

New for 2012:

Tube Top
Passengers in 4-person rafts will spiral down an enclosed tube into a mini funnel for some vortex action.

Elitch Gardens Overview:

Official Web Site:

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