Colorado’s Elitch Gardens Opens this Weekend!

Elitch Gardens in Denver Colorado

Hooray for summertime!  My kids had their last day of school yesterday, the gorgeous sun is shining bright today, and we are ready to have some FUN!  Heads up to Denver – Elitch Gardens opens this weekend, and they are kicking things off with a *BANG*… as in, fireworks!

Check out the opening weekend details.  And for a peek at my don’t miss Elitch Gardens recommendations, check out my post Top 5 Experiences at Elitch Gardens.

Elitch Gardens Opening Schedule

Dive head first into summer at Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park this weekend as they celebrate Memorial Day. Guests can make a splash in Island Kingdom Water Park on its opening day this Saturday.  Also enjoy two new live daily shows, and a spectacular fireworks display.

“Summer officially kicks off when we open the water park for the season,” says Karl Traeger, Marketing Director. “With activities fit for everyone, Elitch Gardens is the place to be for families this Memorial Day Weekend.”

The water park boasts attractions for all with the thrilling SlideZilla for the teens. Hooks Lagoon play place is for the little kiddos, with plenty of lounge chairs for the sun bums.  Plus, the all-new Mega Wedgie speed slides are coming in early June.

Elitch Gardens water park

Entrance to Elitch Gardens water park

Two new summer shows kick off this Saturday, May 27 for guests of all ages. On the KiddieLand stage Ellie, the Elephant makes her debut in a brand-new adventure.  She selects lucky members of the audience to help her find the “Elephant in the Room.”

“Showstoppers,” the hot new live show at the historic Trocadero Theatre. It’s a performance blend of classic and modern Broadway hits, sure to bring guests to their feet.

Memorial Day Weekend Events

In honor of the special holiday, the park will light up the Downtown Denver skyline with the park’s annual Memorial Day Weekend fireworks show on Sunday, May 28. Families can enjoy the holiday by spending the entire day in Colorado’s only combination theme and water park.  Ride coasters, cruise down water slides, and indulge on all sorts of park goodies.  Then end the memorable day with fireworks spectacular at 10 p.m.

The best value for family fun is a 2017 Season Pass. Passes are only $69.99 and include free tickets for friends, free parking, free concerts, free Dive-In movies and more. Hurry, the best offer ends Monday, May 29.

Elitch Gardens Hours 

America’s only downtown amusement park, Elitch Gardens is located in the heart of Denver, Colorado.  One admission price, gets you entrance to both the amusement park full of rides, and also the water park.

Elitch Gardens park hours vary by date, but you can check this park hours calendar for the hours of your visit.  This Memorial Day weekend:

  • Friday, May 26:  9am –  8pm
  • Saturday, May 27: 10:30am-10pm
  • Sunday, May 28:  10:30am-10pm ** Fireworks at 10!
  • Monday, May 29:  10:30am – 8pm

Water Park will be open daily from 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM.

Elitch Gardens Ticket Prices

Top 5 Experiences at Elitch Gardens

Daily Elitch Gardens MAIN GATE admission ticket rates:

  • Adult Weekday (Monday-Friday) – $49.99
  • Adult Weekend (Saturday-Sunday) – $54.99
  • Children – $34.99

Children 3 & under are free.  Parking is $15 per day.  You can save up to $15 per ticket by  purchasing them online instead at the Main Gate.

At $69.99 a season pass is an awesome, less than the cost of two adult visits… plus includes free parking. Purchase by Monday, May 29th for this rate.

Now I’m excited to visit Elitch Gardens this summer!!  Have fun  🙂

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Hi, I'm Tami! Writer, Influencer, and mom of two who loves travel, the outdoors, staying active, photography, reading books, and eating desserts. We are pretty much always planning our next trip to Disney World.


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