Colorado may be land-locked, but what we lack in sand we make up for in waves! Occupying 67 acres, Water World of Colorado is one of America’s largest water parks and listed in the Top 10 by the Travel Channel. We visited for the first time last week when temperatures reached 100 degrees.
Very unique to Water World is the fact that parking is free and picnics are welcome. Bring in your own cooler and pick a shady spot anywhere on the gorgeously-landscaped property to set up lunch for your family. Because the park is community-owned and operated, it’s designed to be budget-friendly for families. The dining options on property are varied and are about the price of what you’d expect at any theme park with one exception: the newly-opened Pharaoh’s Feast Buffet which offers all-day dining – that’s unlimited visits – for the price of just $15 per person. $13 for children. Innovative, don’t you agree?
We arrived just prior to opening at 10am and spent an entire day at Water World and still didn’t get to everything by the time the park closed at 6pm. There is just so much to do! I loved how each area of the park had a different theme and something for everyone of any age. We started our day at Calypso Cove where there is a perfect pirate-ship themed play area for kids up to about age 9, a lazy river and speed slides for the more adventurous like my six-year-old daughter, Reagan. The Screamin’ Mimi is a sled slide that has you skidding across the pond on a 2-person sled after screaming down a roller-coaster like track.
While Reagan was ready to ride every slide in the park, her friend, Jessica was not so sure. But all three of us enjoyed the family slides together where we rode in a multiple-person raft down the Raging Colorado on three different routes.
At lunch time we headed to Captain Jack’s wave pool near the food court area and picnic’d under the pergola on cheeseburgers and cheese pizza. Then we rafted the 10-foot waves on inter tubes while at least six life guards watched over us in a pool that reaches depths of 8 feet.
There’s also the newer 1.8 million gallon, Thunder Bay wave pool which is larger than a football field and a definite sight to behold.
With so much area to cover it was nice to have the option to take a gondola ride from one end of the park to the other. So we did. And spent the rest of our day at the Big Top where a kid-sized lazy river winds around a circus-themed area adjacent to a play zone fun house with fun water slides where you’re the target of water guns from above. This area was a huge hit with Reagan and her friend.
Next to the Big Top are more speed slides for thrill-seekers and the new Mile High Flyer: Colorado’s first hydromagnetic water coaster the whole family will love. This water ride is a must, so plan to spend a good half-hour to an hour waiting on line.
Next year, it’s going to be season passes for us. I can easily see us visiting Water World at least three times a month. And three visits is all it takes to break even on one pass. We will also be prepared with a cooler and a plan – starting with Voyage to the Center of the Earth. This all-inside raft ride is what Water World is most famous for and we missed getting to it! I guess you could say we were saving the best for last.
Disclosure: All or part of this visit was provided free or at reduced cost for review purposes. But, all opinions expressed are solely my own.