Summer Trip to Denver!

Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:34 AM
Hello everyone I'm going to Denver in August to see the Chicago Cubs Vs. Colorado Rockies. We are for sure going to Elitch Gardens (six flags) and possibly Lakeside. Is there any advice about either park? Is there any other note worthy parks? Do you know what weather is usually like in August?

Thanks alot in advance Buzzers

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:42 AM
Congrats. Enjoy Lakeside, it's a fun, unique place. Brace yourself for SFEG, though....
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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 12:51 AM
Make sure you're at Lakeside at night...it's a sight to behold. Lots of art-deco neon...and that is just the coaster! Nighttime would also be a great time to take the train around the lake so you can see the park's reflection across the lake.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 6:10 PM
Sweet Thanks Guys I think they day we are going no major ride (Cyclone) are open until 7 so thats cool

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 6:49 PM
Weather in August is usually pretty warm and dry. But it could also be down right hot.

Don't miss Lakeside, and it sounds like you won't. Even if you can only spare an hour, it's worth a quick little visit.

Don't get your hopes up too high for SFEG. With the exception of Halfpipe, because I haven't ridden it yet, none of the coasters are worth writing home about. The Arrow shuttle loop is my favorite coaster and is worthy of several re-rides, but the stairs, oh how I hate those damn stairs.

There are no other parks worth mentioning unless you want to hit the great water park that Denver has. If you've seen any of the recent water park shows on the Travel Channel, you've seen Water World. They have some unique attractions and it definately is a great water park. So it might be worth hitting if you're so inclined.

And while not parks or coasters, there are alpine slides at several of the ski resorts. I haven't had the chance to hit any of them yet and couldn't recommend which one. But supposedly Winter Park's is pretty long. Several of these resorts are only 1 to 1.5 hours from Denver, so they could easily be a quick day trip is your game is at night. Weather will be much cooler in the mountains, so a lightweight jacket or fleece would be good to have in the car just in case.

Coors Feild is nice. Rockies fans are really laid back since their team stinks so bad, so you shouldn't have any trouble while at the game and should be able to enjoy yourself thoroughly.

Hope you have a good time.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 9:35 PM
Both Lakeside and SFEG are fun little parks, and it would be horrible to say you came to Denver without seeing Lakeside. The Cyclone is easily the best coaster in the state. When you visit SFEG, hit halfpipe first, as it is new, popular, and has probably the lowest capacity in the park. Nothing else should take too long.

Like Incidentalist said, the apline slides are pretty fun. And the mountains are an awesome site in the summer time.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005 11:39 PM
Thanks i was wondering if i would have to bring my cubs hoodie with for the night game now I know. Best seat to ride Cyclone? I love woodies by far my favorite type of coaster. Is Water World Associated with Six Flags or far away?
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Wednesday, March 16, 2005 12:04 AM
Also about Lakeside I just looked at there website. Would it be cheaper to get the Unlimited Rides and Admission for $12.75 or $2.00 Admission and buy the little coupons? Im riding Cyclone and the train around the lak for sure but what others should i possibly ride just for a good time if any?

Thank again

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005 1:44 AM
If it rains, head to Fat City. It has a bumper cars, bowling, mini-golf, a foam factory, poker room, billards, a huge arcade, and lots of other stuff.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2005 4:06 AM
Water World is not affiliated with SFEG. I'd guess it's about 20 minutes north of downtown. But SGEF does have a water park on site. So it would definately be the easier one to hit. But it's pretty small for a six flags water park and I don't think they have anything special as far as new rides go.

At Lakeside you absolutely must ride the Wild Chipmunk. It's a Carl Miler Wild Mouse and is great. It has a feeling about it. One like it's about to fall down or the cars might actually fly off the track on the hair pins.

In regards to which way to spend your money. It depends on how much time you want to allocate to the park. But it should be easy for you to decide yourself. You have to pay a small fee to park, or you could park across the street and walk over if you're feeling stingy. But then stroll around the park once and take in what they have to offer. Keep track of how many tickets it will cost to ride everything you want and then see what's cheaper. I've done both myself. Most recently I just went and had two spins each on the Cyclone and the Chipmunk. In and out in under 45 minutes. But I've also bought a bracelet and spent several hours riding the smaller rides that I skip at bigger parks and the few that you just don't find everywhere anymore.

One last note on Coors Field. I attended the Rockies-Cardinals series last year and swear that there was more red in the stadium than purple. Although a whole bunch of Cardinals Walker jerseys were there, so I'm not sure who they were really rooting for ;)

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005 6:53 PM
Thanks alot for your help!!!!
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Wednesday, March 16, 2005 9:08 PM
The best alpine slide is at Winter Park Ski area. There is also a good one at Breckenridge. There is one closer to the city at Heritage Square, but it is not as good as the others.

Lakeside is a must hit. In addition to the awesome Cyclone, they have three out of four of the O'Plane rides, which are becoming hard to find. Definitely hit it at night.

My view on SFEG is a little skewed, since I've worked there for three years now. We have some good coasters, and a nice selection of flats. Be sure to hit Sidewinder(The Arrow Shuttle) and Half Pipe. Twister was having retracking done last time I saw it, so who knows how it will be riding this year?

If you like water parks, you'll LOVE Water World. Nuff' said. It will keep you busy all day.

Enjoy Denver, it is a great city.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005 9:38 PM
According to SFEG's history page, they are pushing playtime to the edge this year. I hope you have a good time in Denver and I look forward to reading your trip reports, if you decide to write some.
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Wednesday, March 16, 2005 9:50 PM
Ill definately have trip reports up thanks again for all the help.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005 11:13 PM
If I were you, I'd be more determined to get to Lakeside than Elitch Gardens. I had a MUCH better time at Lakeside than I did in two days at Elitch Gardens. Their coaster is great.

The three coasters I enjoyed the most at SFEG last summer were Sidewinder, Boomerang and Twister II. When a boomerang and an arrow shuttle loop are (in my opinion) the best 3 coasters at a major metro park, a little of me dies.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005 11:19 PM
LOL thanks for the heads Up
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