Thanks alot in advance Buzzers
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.
Like Incidentalist said, the apline slides are pretty fun. And the mountains are an awesome site in the summer time.
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 ;)
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.
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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