With dozens of rides, shows, and attractions to choose from, the oldest theme park west of the Mississippi offers plenty of fun for everyone. Thrill seekers will find plenty of serious coasters to whet their appetite for adrenaline, including the inverted Mind Eraser and a 10 story tall steel half-pipe that gives riders some killer moves on a giant snowboard. After getting their fill of thrill, the whole family can enjoy gentler rides like the Tea Cups and the Big Wheel, and for the undersized but over-energized there's plenty to see and do in Star Toons Studio.
Though the original park was once located in another part of the city and not moved to its present location until 1995, some remnants of the park's historic past still remain, including the Twister II wooden coaster, a re-creation of Elitch's famous Mister Twister, and its 1920's carousel.
To complement its selection of raging rides, Elitch Gardens also features an equally entertaining variety of live performances, shows, and special events scheduled throughout the season, including its popular Fright Fest in October. Plus, from mid-May to Labor Day, admission to Elitch Gardens also includes the on-site Island Kingdom water park.
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Tickets and Admission Policy:
Elitch Gardens offers a couple of different admission options, including group rates and season passes. Admission for children 3 and under and seniors 70 and older is free. Entrance to on-site Island Kingdom Water Park is included with admission to Elitch Gardens Theme Park.
Elitch Gardens is located in downtown Denver. From I-25, go south on Speer Boulevard (Exit Speer South) then turn right onto Elitch Circle.
Guests may also arrive via RTD bus or Light Rail. Both options have stops at Elitch Gardens.
Rides and Highlights:
Dubbed Colorado's Coaster Capital, Elitch Gardens' impressive selection of thrill rides includes the 10 story tall, 60+ mph suspension coaster Mind Eraser, the 22-story Tower of Doom free fall, and the forward and backward-looping Boomerang coaster. Other featured attractions include a wide variety of high-energy live shows covering every inch of the performance spectrum and a nice on-site water park with numerous gushing goodies.
New at Elitch Gardens for 2012:
Island Kingdom will add an exciting new ride that will send passengers in 4-person rafts spiraling down an enclosed tube into a small funnel for some vortex action.
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Six Flags Connection
Once owned by Six Flags, the chain sold Elitch Gardens before the 2007 season.
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