Thrilling Rides at Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park

We finally made it to Elitch Gardens this summer! I love roller coaster and was so happy to be able to finally visit their phenomenal park. I had no idea how big it was. Jumped online while standing in a line and found out that it is 69 acres!  Since there are actually two parks, I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised.  One is a theme park and the other is a water park. We checked out the water park a little but mostly stayed in the theme park area. We both love the roller coasters.

They have some of the most amazing thrill rides! The first one we decided to check out was the Mind Eraser.  It is a monster coaster that suspends riders (legs and feet dangling) and blasts you through rollovers, dives and double corkscrew spins at speeds greater than 50 mph.  Amazing. I wanted to go on it again, but the park was crazy busy as it always is during the summer.

I really enjoyed the Boomerang, but Gene didn’t feel well afterwards. He gets motion sickness sometimes, but not usually on rides. I felt so bad for him. We took it slower for a little bit and had fun on a few non thrill rides. We decided to do the Big Wheel. You have to do this ride while we were there. It is over 100 feet tall and we enjoyed taking in the amazing views of the park.

Another ride we enjoyed was the Star Flyer. We soared 17-stories above the Denver skyline at 50 mph on this high-flying swing ride. It was kind of cool, especially since I had just got drenched at the Shipwreck Falls Tidal Wave Splash. It literally cooled my off, lol.  I have attached a video of it, as well as some of the other rides in the park.  We had a great day.

Sadly we didn’t get to do many of the other thrill rides because they closed them all down due to electrical storms moving through the area. One of the bad parts about living in Colorado I guess. However we got tickets to return later this season so we will definitely make it back before October.

Besides the thrilling ride and water park Elitch Gardens also hold concerts and shows. Another fun event is what they call Dive-In Movies. Dive-In Movies are shown in Island Kingdom Water Park every Friday night June 30 – August 4. While we were there they were going to be showing Moana. We hadn’t seen it yet, and wanted to go, but never made it over there that evening.

They are also gearing up for their annual Fright Fest. Apparently in October, Elitch Gardens transforms into Family By Day and Fright By Night, Open Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays from September 29 through October 29, 2017. Fright By Night haunted attractions are recommended for ages 12 and older. It made me think about Knott’s Scary Farm that Knott’s throws every year. Hopefully I can make it to one of these this year.

If not, I will enjoy our visit to Elitch Gardens and the thrill rides we had the chance to ride and the ones we hope to ride before the end of the season. If you haven’t been yet this season, there is still time. He is a link to their website with prices, hours, etc.


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