As the temperatures start to sizzle, a day at Water World (8801 N. Pecos St.) in Federal Heights is one of the best (and most fun) ways to cool off in Colorado. Since opening in 1979 with the first two water slides in the state, the water park now boasts more than 50 water adventures. For 2021, the popular family-friendly “playground” is celebrating the addition of two new attractions — Roaring Forks Dueling Water Coaster and Centennial Basin.
In fact, they feature the largest variety of attractions in America. (Did you know the park has been rated as one of America’s top ten water parks by the Travel Channel?)
As one of America’s largest family water parks, the watery wonderland is located just 15 minutes north of downtown Denver on 70+ landscaped acres.
However, the cost can create big waves in a budget, especially for families.
Tickets are valid for unlimited use of its attractions all-day. The park is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. (depending on the date — check calendar here), weather permitting.
Be prepared and know what to expect at the attraction (including ticketing, arrival and visit upgrades), especially because so much has changed in the last year.
For up-to-date information regarding inclement weather and park operating status, call 303-427-SURF (7873).
Regular admission prices (walk-up pricing, at the front gate) are as follows:
Heights 48″ & above are $49.99
Heights 40″ to 47″ are $44.99
Seniors (60+) are $14.99
Heights under 40″ are FREE
NOTE: Because of the unexpected full-season closure last summer, the discounts are limited in 2021. However, more deals may be announced throughout the season.
Coupons are not valid with any other coupon; senior, mid-day or resident admission; or any other discount or repurchased ticket. One coupon per person, unless noted otherwise.
There are several ways you can make a big splash at the park without causing your budget to sink.
Dive in here for more details about what’s available for 2021:
Water World eClub
Join its eClub to get advance notice of deals, discounts and news delivered straight to your inbox. Sign-up here.
The online discount offers the best value with big up from walk-up gate pricing — click here.
If you purchase a PYD ticket and need to change the date of your visit, you may do so by visiting a Ticket Service Booth upon arrival — current season only.
(Note: If there’s a difference in price, expect to pay a little more.)
If you splash often at the park, your best value is to get a season pass, including a Value Splash Pass, Preferred Splash Pass or Elite Splash Pass.
Prices range from $69.99 to $169.99, depending on height and pass. Each pass offers different benefits — click here to review and compare perks.
(Note: The Value Splash Pass is sold out for 2021.)
Most Colorado and Cheyenne, WY military military bases sell discounted Water World tickets. (Contact your base for pricing information.) Many discounts were suspended due to the pandemic and unknown capacity restrictions, including military pricing. The military discount will be available again, starting July 1 — only at participating military bases.
Tickets may be taken directly to the entry turnstiles. Military discounts are not available at the front gate.
Hyland Hills Resident Admission
Water World is owned and operated by the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District.
Residents of the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District or the City of Westminster (with a valid recreation ID card) receive reduced admission.
For current information, click here.
Pack your own lunch
Assuming you’ve used a coupon or discount to get in the park, bringing your family’s own snacks and drinks creates a true tidal wave of savings.
Even though Water World sells food and beverages, you can keep your expenses to a minimum by bringing your own picnic into the park.
All beverage containers must be factory-sealed. No glass or alcohol permitted.
Unlike some other popular summer attractions in town, Water World offers FREE parking. That means more entertainment dollars back in your pocket to spend on souvenirs or food and drinks.