“America’s Biggest. America’s Best”, Water World is a popular water park located in Federal Heights, Colorado, just north of Denver. The park is one of the largest in the country, covering over 64 acres of land with more than 50 water attractions.
It’s a perfect place for families, friends, and thrill-seekers to escape the hot summer sun. The park offers a variety of water slides, wave pools, lazy rivers, and other attractions suitable for all ages, making it an ideal destination for a day trip or a weekend getaway.
The park opened in 1979 and usually operates from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Recently in 2021, Water World received a Golden Ticket Award meaning it is one of the best water parks in the industry.
Water Park Attractions
There are over 50 different water attractions, including slides, pools, and rides that cater to visitors of all ages and interests. Whether you’re looking for high-speed thrills or a relaxing day by the pool, Water World has something for everyone.
Some of the most popular water features include the Mile High Flyer, which sends riders soaring through the air at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, and the Voyage to the Center of the Earth, which takes riders on a thrilling journey through an underground tunnel.
Another popular attraction is the Wave Pool, which creates waves up to 4 feet high, simulating the experience of being in the ocean. The park also has several family-friendly options, such as the Big Top Family Fun Zone, which includes a large pool, waterfalls, and a play area for children. You’ll also find lazy rivers, tube slides, and racing slides to keep everyone busy.
The official website has a comprehensive guide to all the attractions, sortable by thrill level and height requirements. This is a helpful tool for planning your day before you arrive at the park to avoid any surprises
Water World has numerous restaurants and dining options dotted throughout the park serving up all the classic amusement park fare. Take your pick between burgers, pizza, burritos, and chicken tenders along with a few dedicated dessert-stands to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The park has recently rolled out a new mobile ordering system, allowing you to easily order and have your food ready for pickup right when you want it. Additionally, you are welcome to bring your own food and eat throughout the park. There are several pavilions set up specifically for enjoying picnics.
For shopping, the Island Breeze Surf Shop offers everything for fun in the sun: swimsuits, sunscreen, sunglasses, sandals, and plenty of souvenirs. Stop by their location next to Cowabunga Beach to browse their offerings next time you’re at Water World.
In the interest of making your day as seamless as possible, there are several ways to upgrade your experience at Water World. Reserve a private cabana or bungalow so you spend less time searching for available chairs, or rent a locker to ensure your belongings stay safe and dry.
Tube Valet is helpful if you don’t want to lug bulky tubes around the park to each ride, and lines for the valet wristband holders are typically much shorter on all attractions. Lastly, opt for Premier Parking to guarantee parking spots right next to the entrance gates for an easy way home at the end of a long day.
Tips for Visiting
- Proper swim attire is required on rides. Cuttoffs are allowed as long as there are no rivets and t-shirts/swim shirts are allowed on most attractions.
- Wear flip-flops or other water-friendly shoes for walking around the park.
- Swim diapers are required for all diaper-dependent children, but don’t worry if you forget to bring one. They can be purchased from Island Breeze Surf Shop for a small fee.
- Glass containers, alcohol, and oversized coolers are prohibited in the park.
- Re-entry is permitted as long as each guest gets a hand-stamp as they exit and present their ticket and stamp upon re-entering.
Jun – Fathers Day Flop – A fun (and funny) event where all the dads duke it out to see who has the most impressive belly flop. The grand prize is $1000 so get practicing.
Sep – Bow Wow Beach – Grab your furry friend and head to the park for a day of splashing around. There are 3 sessions available, and online tickets are required per pup. Proceeds benefit a local animal organization.
Oct – Fright Lights – Witness over 1 million lights set up in spooky Halloween scenes and synced with ghoulish tunes. The perfect family-friendly way to celebrate the holiday.
Dec – Christmas in Color – No better way to get in the Christmas spirit than a drive-through light display. Listen to your favorite holiday music and watch as the light displays dance along while you drive through.
Season: Memorial Day – Labor Day
Hours: 10 am-6 pm, daily, weather permitting