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Adrenaline junkies will revel in the park’s nail-biting offerings, including the Twister II. The attraction was modeled after the original 1964 Twister featuring wooden coasters, but unlikely its predecessor, it is much longer and taller. With 4640-feet of track, it is the longest coaster in the park that is 10-storey high and features a 90-foot drop that is sure to elicit shouts and screams.
For unique views of Denver skyline and the Rocky Mountains day and night, the Brain Drain is the ride to take. Designed as a giant loop, participants are sent forward, backward and up seven-storey into the air, literally flipping heads over heels. Each ride is a unique personalized experience given that the seats are positioned back to back in either direction which means no one view is the same as the other.
As with half pipes used for snow sports and extreme sports, the Half-Pipe coaster in Elitch Gardens is also shaped in a U-shape. Participants will sit on one of two free-spinning cars on the ride’s train that resembles a giant snowboard as the board rapidly accelerates on both sides of the track. The park’s Half-Pipe coaster holds the accolade of being the first in North America as well as being the tallest half pipe in Colorado at 98.5-feet tall.
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As a family friendly destination, there are numerous options where parents and kids can enjoy together. One of the highlights would be the historic carousel located between the Entry Pavilion and the water park. It has been around since 1928 and continues to remain popular from generation to generation. Having been restored to its former glory, children and adult of all ages will love riding on one of the 67 traditional 67 hand-carved horses or ornate chariots. It is also the perfect spot to take pictures and leave behind beautiful memories from a family outing.
Other family friendly attraction will include the Blazin’ Buckaroo, which is a family roller coaster that goes up to 15 miles per hour, perfect for adults accompanying first-time coaster riders. As for the Rockin’ Tug, it slides up and down while combining rocking, swiveling and whirling motions that mimics sitting inside a wobbly boat out in the ocean. For more adventurous kids, the gliding motion of the Sea Dragon Viking ship will send kids on swinging high.
There are also two family-friendly water rides for older kids to enjoy. While Disaster Canyon stimulates the surging rapids of white water rafting, Shipwreck Falls will plunge participants down a 50-foot high waterfall into a tidal pool. Be prepared that both rides will likely leave participants soaked to the skin.
Little ones are also not left out of the fun at Elitch Gardens. From pint-size trucks to boats and trains, children can enjoy sitting inside and pretend to drive these brightly colored vehicles around the track. Brave-hearted ones can sit on miniature version of adult rides. They can experience the feeling of free fall at the Jumping Jack, swing around in teacups at KidSpin or go on a wild and crazy bumper car ride at Mouse House.
After a sweaty morning at the theme park, head over to the 20-acre Water Park to cool down for free with the same admission ticket. Proper swimwear is required for all water attractions to ensure the health and safety of all participants. The park also provides complimentary life jackets for weak swimmers.