The sun is shining and summer is in full swing – now is the time to get out and enjoy the day. Grab the sunscreen and your water bottles and venture outside for all of the great summertime activities Colorado has to offer. Try these five great places to start your summertime fun.
Mile High Flea Market
7007 E. 88th Ave.
Henderson, CO 80640
Price: $2 per person Friday/$3 per person Saturday and Sunday/free children younger than 12
The Mile High Flea Market is the largest open-air, year-round entertainment and shopping destination in the whole Rocky Mountain region. This 80-acre shopping haven features everything from a huge flea market to a farmers’ market, food and rides, and everything you and your entire family could want. Snap up great deals, or just wander the aisles and enjoy the rides. Plus, it is just a short 10-minute drive from downtown Denver.
Rocky Mountain National Park
1000 Highway 36
Estes Park, CO 80517
Price: $20 per automobile
About two hours outside of Denver sits one of the most beautiful national parks in the United States. Rocky Mountain National Park is home to 415 square miles of amazing protected mountain environments. With more than 300 miles of hiking trails, great drives like Trail Ridge Road, science and nature centers, junior ranger programs, fishing and wildlife, there is so much to do that you’ll need to come back again and again. Camp for the weekend, or just head up for the day; Rocky Mountain National Park is a great spot to enjoy a summer day with the whole family.
1800 W. 89th Ave.
Federal Heights, CO 80260
Price: $34.99 for children for a full day of tickets/$39.99 for adults
The temperature is climbing, it’s hot, and you need a great way to cool off. Well, look no further, because Water World is the perfect place to cool off during the hot summer months. It is one of America’s largest water parks with 64 full acres of water-time fun. Celebrating more than 30 years, Water World is a hugely popular summertime destination in Colorado. With more than 49 different attractions, and for water-lovers of all ages, Water World will keep you and your whole family cool this summer.
2000 Elitch Circle
Denver, CO 80204
Price: $29.99 for children shorter than 48 inches/$43.99 for adults taller than 48 inches
Summer wouldn’t be summer without a trip to an amusement park. Elitch Gardens is that and so much more. With two full parks, a theme park and a water park, plus entertainment, concerts, dining, shopping and special events, Elitch Gardens is a great spot for days of summertime entertainment. Cool off in the water park enjoying the new Tube Top Slides, or head over to the theme park and ride the roller coasters and other thrill rides. No matter how you like to play, Elitch Gardens has been a staple of the Denver community year after year, and should definitely be on your list of summer stops.
Film on the Rocks
At Red Rocks Amphitheater
18300 W. Alameda Pkwy.
Morrison, CO 80465
The Denver Film Society hosts Film on the Rocks every summer, playing hit movies outdoors in the scenic beauty of Red Rocks Park. Every Monday night, the rocks come to life with films including Anchorman, Bridesmaids, Office Space and Wayne’s World. All movies start at dusk, and be sure to check the website to see what is playing. Feel free to bring your own food to enjoy during the movie, just be sure the cooler is small enough to fit under your seat.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.