When the weather is hot you might be tempted to stay inside all day, basking in the air conditioning. If you are craving fun and recreation instead, consider heading out to one of these places to cool off in the Centennial State.
Grand Lake, located northwest of Denver, is just as big as its name implies with more than 60 miles of surface water. The vast size of this lake means that there are several ideal locations for exploring around the water’s edge. Families and individuals looking to take a dip in the perpetually cold water should head to The Beach at Grand Lake and its sandy shores. More adventurous visitors can check out the waterfalls that feed the lake, including Adams Falls and Cascade Falls. The lake is surrounded on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park, so there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, camping and wildlife spotting nearby.
Deerfield Hills Spray Ground
Getting wet is a great way to cool off, but packing for a day at the lake is a lot of work and going to a water park can get expensive. For a more affordable alternative in Colorado Springs, consider visiting the free Deerfield Hills Spray Ground at Deerfield Hills Park. The park has more than 50 different spray nozzles to absolutely drench visitors including ground geysers, water quests, bell trios and a water wall. The facility is part of the Deerfield Hills Community Center, which offers programs for children of all ages before or after they hit the water. If your child is lucky enough to have a summer birthday, you can reserve the spray ground’s party pavilion for your guests, or for a larger fee you can have private use of the whole facility.
For the traditional water park experience you should head to Water World in Federal Heights, a suburb of Denver. There are many varieties of water slides for thrill seekers at Water World, as well as many play areas for smaller guests. What makes this park unique is its themed water rides such as Lost River of the Pharaohs and Voyage to the Center of the Earth that take you through a story as you navigate through each stage of the ride. If you do not want to fight with other water park guests for beach chairs, consider renting a small bungalow and a shaded drink table. Larger parties should consider renting an enclosed cabana, which features meal deals and electrical outlets for a true day in a water paradise.
Great Wolf Lodge
Planning a day in the sun and water is a great idea for the summer, but sometimes the weather does not want to cooperate. To make sure that your family gets to have a fun day, consider a stay at the Great Wolf Lodge and its indoor water park in Colorado Springs. Unfortunately this facility is only open to hotel guests, but for visitors that means shorter lines at attractions and less crowding. Besides the traditional lazy river, pools and water slides, Great Wolf Lodge also has several activities to do out of the water when it is time to take a break. Lastly, on-site dining options mean that your family can take a relaxing break from everyday life to eliminate worrying about cooking meals and make sure that everyone enjoys their favorite foods.
Summer here in Colorado can get hot, but you can find a variety of places around the state to stay cool in style. Consider this list when you are planning your next relaxing day.
This article is presented by Perkins Motors in Colorado Springs, Colorado.