Splash pads – who doesn’t love them? While the state of Colorado has a claim on many of the nation’s finest water parks, some of the best splash pads can be found in and around Denver. Here’s a quick look at 10 of them.
- Westminster Center Park
Also known as Peter Pan Park due to its imaginative theme, this is a combination water park/playground. What makes it so popular for families? Additional safety measures are in place to protect the kids, including a spongy material covering most of the concrete. Now you can get wild and wet without getting injured!
- Del Mar Family Aquatic Center
Kids love the giant splash pad at Del Mar, but that’s not the only feature to write home about. The designers have included slides for kids of all sizes (and adults!) and even a diving area. Not many parks can say that.
- Discovery Park
This is really just an excellent park all around. Of course, the splash pad is popular, but when kids are ready for dry fun there’s a sandpit and playground to keep them entertained.
- Pirate’s Cove Park
The water jungle gym and other outstanding water features make for a great time all around. On-site food encourages longer stays, and a full-sized pool means adults can keep cool, too. But perhaps the biggest draw is the 35-foot tower boasting three slides.
- Elitch Gardens
The design of Elitch Gardens combines exciting amusement park rides with general, more kid-friendly areas so the whole family can have a fun time. It has a series of fountains that are pretty relaxing, too.
- Central Park Recreation Center
Spend an afternoon wading in the lazy river, get loose in the splash pool, zip down the slide, or just swim some laps in the 25-yard pool.
- Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center
Denver Metro’s much beloved rec center has a lot to offer. There’s a gym with classes, swimming pools (also with classes), fountains great for splashing, an amphitheater, and a grand carousel.
- Orchard Town Center
This one is actually a shopping center and a pretty big one at that. On the surface, children might not find it all that exciting. But the kids’ play area is where it really shines. An exhaustive playground features lively splash fountains. Not a bad way to spend the day.
- Ben Franklin Pool & Waterslide
This public pool isn’t on the same scale as the parks on this list, but it provides many of the same attractions, including slides and a splash pad zone. Friendly lifeguards watch over everyone. Best of all, admission is incredibly low – $3.50 for residents and $6.50 for everyone else.
- Civic Green Park
This is a big, wide open park that is free to the public. It includes a lot of things for children like playgrounds, but a lot of enjoyment can be had by simply enjoying the creek or one of the recreational classes that are sometimes offered. But when it’s time to cool down, there are two separate splash pads to play around in.
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