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Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

2000 Elitch Cir, Denver, Colorado 80204 USA

667 Reviews
$$
Reasonable
Open Now
Tue 10:30a-7p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating
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“Theme & Water Park!”

Elitch Gardens was a family-owned seasonal amusement park, theater, and botanic garden in the West Highland neighborhood of Denver, Colorado, United States at 38th and Tennyson streets. For more than a century Elitch's was one of the most popular entertainment destinations in Colorado. It was nationally known for its lush gardens, the Trocadero Ballroom, the Theatre at the Gardens and the premier wooden roller coaster, Mister Twister. The park moved to downtown Denver in 1994 and later became Six Flags Elitch Gardens (now simply Elitch Gardens once again). The former location has been redeveloped. Elitch's Zoological Gardens opened May 1, 1890, on 16 acres (6.5 ha) of former farmland bought by John Elitch and Mary Elitch. It was the first zoo west of Chicago, and it offered the Denver community a unique cultural experience. Mary Elitch Long managed the park for 26 years following John's death in 1891. Mary Elitch was the first woman to own and manage a zoo. P. T. Barnum donated many of the animals. One of the bears was famous for dancing a waltz when the band played. The Elitch Theatre (1890) became home to the oldest summer stock theater in the country starting in 1893 and continuing to entertain until it closed in 1991. The building was site of the first films exhibited in Colorado (1896). Many famous actors and actresses from New York and Hollywood performed on the Elitch Theatre stage. Offering New York wages, the theatre booked big stars for generations. Today the theatre is still standing at the original park site. The park's first roller coaster, a Toboggan Figure 8, opened in 1904. The park's original carousel, built by Philadelphia Toboggan Company, was added in 1906. The carousel remains in operation today as the Kit Carson County Carousel in Burlington, Colorado.

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Kevin H.

Without knowing any of the history behind this place, I'd say this is the budget hybrid offspring of Disneyland and Water World. The entry fee isn't that bad when you consider access to a bunch of... Read more

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Meghan M.

As a Colorado native who has grown up coming here, this place is just so disappointing now. The grounds are poorly taken care of, and the employees couldn't care less about literally anything. The... Read more

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Lynn I.

The expense of this park doesn't match the quality. $30 just to park plus the entry fee of approx. $35 per person (prices were half off for the upcoming holiday), plus any beverages or food, plus... Read more

Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park

2000 Elitch Cir
Denver, Colorado
80204 USA
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Open now until 7:00 pm
  • Sun: 10:30 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mon - Wed: 10:30 am - 7:00 pm
  • Thu - Sat: 10:30 am - 9:00 pm

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