Colorado enthusiasts talk a lot about all the natural wonders of the state. Sweeping mountain ranges, endlessly sunny days, and diverse wildlife are just a few of the blessings Mother Nature has given the Centennial State. When it comes to Colorado adventures, though, incredible natural landscapes are just the tip of the iceberg. Visitors of all ages flock to Colorado’s amusement and theme parks every year. From thrilling rides to wholesome, family-friendly activities, these attractions offer some of the greatest vacation experiences in the country. Be sure to include one of these best amusement parks in Colorado on your next visit.
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Do you want to spend your vacation exploring one of the nation’s best amusement parks but don’t want to miss out on all the natural beauty of Colorado? Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park is a mountain-top theme park—the only one in America—that provides the best of both worlds. Mountain views, cave tours, and the Scenic Tram gondola let visitors experience Colorado in all its glory while thrilling rides satisfy even the biggest adrenaline junkies. Ride a coaster 7,100 feet above sea level, swing over the Colorado River at 50 miles per hour, or take the Haunted Mine Drop straight into the heart of Iron Mountain.
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
This park takes its name from the awe-inspiring Royal Gorge outside of Cañon City. Start by taking a less-than-casual stroll across one of the world’s highest suspension bridges, which sits over 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River. From there, you can see the other thrills Royal Gorge has to offer. Young visitors will love the carousel and kids’ playground, and thrill-seekers can test their nerve by soaring 1,200 feet above the ground on America’s highest zipline. In between it all, everyone will love the postcard-worthy views of the surrounding canyon.
Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park
Elitch Gardens offers an iconic American summer excursion: incredible rides, delicious fair foods, a summer concert series, and endless family-friendly themed events throughout the season. Beat the heat with the water slides, or enjoy a cool evening exploring the shows and shops throughout the park. From the thrilling days of summer to the spooky Fright Fest that returns every October, Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park is one of the best amusement parks in Colorado throughout and beyond the summer season. It’s no wonder why Elitch Gardens keeps visitors coming back for more.
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