Summer break is fast approaching! Colorado summers can get quite HOT. And heat makes for cranky, whiny kids. What’s the best way to snap a kid out of a sour mood? Stick them in some water. Works every time! If you love the big, fast water slides, you’re in luck. The metro area is home to two big, well-known water parks and several smaller ones, so there’s sure to be one on our list that’s nearby. If low-key (read: free) is more your style, check out our roundup of Splash Pads, in-ground fountains that are great for little bitty ones and non-swimmers, but lots of fun for big kids, too.
The area’s largest and oldest water park, home to Colorado’s only magnetic water coaster and 64 acres of rides for everyone from tiny tots to thrill-seekers. Hyland Hills resident and half-day discounts available.
Part theme park, part water park, and ALL fun. Both parks are included with one admission, so plan to stay all day and take advantage. Try the Sun Plunge, a 62-foot, nearly vertical drop!
Conveniently located near Littleton, Englewood, Sheridan, and south Denver, Pirate’s Cove offers a leisure pool with a play structure, lap lanes, 35-foot slide tower with three slides, a lazy river, and more. Englewood resident discounts available.
Just added! A redesigned tot pool, new slides, interactive spray grounds and expanded picnic shelter areas. Affordable fun for all ages. Friday Family Nights (4-8pm) offer a great opportunity to check it out on the cheap-$10 for resident families or $20 for non-resident admits up to 5 people. Broomfield resident discounts available.
The Brighton Oasis offers something for everyone featuring a large tube slide and a body flume slide, a lazy river with zero depth entry and a wave generator, and a one meter diving board area. There is also a tot pool with zero depth entry and interactive play features as well as a water basketball area. Brighton resident discounts available.
The Splash features 2 large body & tube water slides, leisure pool with play structure, small water slides, spray fountains, and a 500 gallon dump-bucket, a beach-like sand area fun for all ages, gentle spray fountain play area for young children, lap pool with diving board, and lounge chairs, picnic tables and shaded structures surrounding the pool area. Golden and Jeffco resident discounts available.
Surfside is Lakewood’s newest place to have fun! ($1 per person admission)
2. Olde Town Arvada | 57th Ave and Olde Wadsworth
Located adjacent to the Arvada Public Library, and lots of quaint shops, restaurants, and pubs.
3. H2Odyssey | Denver City Park
Located near the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. The park also offers a sprawling playground and paddle boat rentals. Splash pad is closed Mondays.
4. Westminster Promenade | 104th Ave and Westminster Parkway
The Splash Pad is located near the AMC theater and is surrounded by large benches and shade trees. Across the pedestrian bridge near the Westin Hotel and Westminster City Park are the Promenade Terrace Waterfalls for even more fun!