Located in downtown Denver, Elitch Gardens is a fun-filled amusement park with thrilling rollercoasters, kid-friendly rides, an entire water park, and an array of entertainment options for the whole family. With great dining options, arcade games, and one-of-a-kind experiences, this popular Denver attraction is the perfect way to enjoy some outdoor fun, and is conveniently located roughly 20 minutes from our Westminster hotel.
Thrilling Theme Park Rides
If you’re the type of traveler who is always looking for the next thrill, Elitch Gardens has you covered with an impressive selection of thrill rides and rollercoasters designed to get your adrenaline pumping. From monster coasters like the Mind Eraser and the seven-story Brain Drain to the thrashing Half Pipe, and being launched into the air at 80 mph via the Sling Shot, these twisted rides are not for the faint of heart.
If rollercoasters aren’t your thing, or if you are traveling with young children, Elitch Gardens also offers a variety of family-friendly rides that parents and kids will love. Check out the incredible views from the Big Wheel. Take a trip back in time with the beautifully-restored 83-year-old Carousel, or take flight with Dragonwing. You’ll also find carnival-style favorites like the Tea Cups, Tilt-a-Whirl, and Rockin’ Tug. If your little one is a thrill-seeker in the making, you can start them out on the kid-friendly Blazin’ Buckaroo coaster.
Water Rides & Water Park
Beyond the coasters and carnival rides, Elitch Gardens is also home to a water park with rafting rides like Disaster Canyon and Shipwreck Falls, where riders are plunged over a 50-foot waterfall. There is also an entire Water Park open from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekend that is included with your theme park admission. Enjoy a serene river ride on a tube along Castaway Creek. Visit the giant wave pool or make a splash at Hook’s Lagoon – a five-story wet ‘n wild treehouse.
Concerts, Movies & More
When you need a break from the rides, Elitch Gardens showcases a variety of fun entertainment offerings and special events throughout the year, including live concerts, dive-in movies, themed nights, seasonal shows, and more. During October, Fright Nights are held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.
Between the rollercoasters and the Water Park, eventually you’ll need to recharge, and Elitch Gardens offers several dining experiences throughout the park with options for discerning adults and picky toddlers alike. Whether you’re craving hand-dipped corndogs and fresh lemonade, personal pizzas and burgers or sweet treats like ice cream and funnel cakes, you’ll find it all at the park’s various restaurants, food courts, and snack stands. Adults will also want to check out the premium beers on tap at the Blue Moon Beer Garden or Draughtworks, along with the signature cocktails at the Island Breeze Bar.
A day at Elitch Gardens is the perfect addition to your vacation itinerary, especially when you stay at Denver Marriott Westminster. Along with a convenient location that’s equidistant from downtown Denver, Boulder and Golden, our Westminster hotel knows to make guests feel right at home on the Front Range.
When you need to unwind after your adventure, our inviting guest rooms and suites will be ready to welcome you back with plush beds and LCD TVs. You’ll also love our modern/rustic design inspired by the Rockies, and generous hotel amenities including complimentary parking, an indoor pool, and the delicious farm-to-table dining at Tiller’s Restaurant. Our signature restaurant also features outdoor fire pits where you can end another perfect day in Denver with the drink of choice under the Colorado stars.
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