With a slew of water slides and other attractions set against a generous 64 acres, Water World is one of the biggest, and arguably the best water parks in the U.S. and beyond. Dating back to 1979, it is also one of the oldest water parks. In addition to the sheer number and variety of ways to get wet, the park also features some fairly sophisticated and highly unique attractions that combine the storytelling elements of a theme park dark ride (think of Pirates of the Caribbean) with an adventurous water park family raft ride.
Its Voyage to the Center of the Earth and Lost River of the Pharaohs truly set it apart from other parks.
The Colorado park doesn't skimp on the thrills. From six-story tall speed slides to the high-banked hills of a half-pipe ride, to a launched water coaster, to bowl rides, there are plenty of ways to pump up the adrenaline while cooling down. But Water World offers a bunch of slides and other watery fun for young children, including Wally World, an entire dedicated area for wee folk. Older, but somewhat timid visitors can also find plenty to do with a lazy river, wave pool, and other low-impact attractions.
The park offers an impressive array of dining choices including the all-you-can-eat spread, Pharoah's Feast Buffet. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks, and Water World provides picnic areas, which is a rare and welcome feature among major water parks. (Also rare and definitely welcome: The parking is free.)
LocationFederal Heights, Colorado (near Denver)
Discounts for guests under 48 inches or ages 60 and older. Visitors under 40 inches are free. Season passes, group rates, and party packages are available. Discounted advance-purchase admission passes are available online.
The actual address is 1800 W. 89th Avenue, Federal Heights, Colorado 80260
From the south: I-25 to Exit 219. Turn west on 84th Ave., then turn right on Pecos Street to 88th Avenue. Park is on the left.
From the north: I-25 to Exit 220. Turn west on Thornton Parkway, then turn left on Pecos Street to 88th Avenue. Park is on the right.
From U.S. 36 or I-76: To Pecos Street exit. Go north on Pecos Street to 88th Avenue. Park is on the left.
Water Park Features:
Nearly every type of slide and ride is offered including a surfing attraction, water coaster, bowl rides, family raft rides, tube slides, body slides, speed slides, lazy river, wave pool, interactive water play structure with tipping bucket, activity pool, and kiddie play areas.
New for 2012:
Mile High Flyer
An uphill water coaster joins the impressive lineup of attractions.
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