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Water World opens this weekend as other Denver metro area fun centers and amusement parks ready their rides

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Roll out the beach blankets: Water World opens on Saturday for the summer season.

The massive aquatic amusement park boasts nearly 50 splashy rides, from a family-friendly lazy river to high-speed thrillers for the big kids. Upcoming events at the park include the Belly Flop Splashdown on June 27, a contest for steel-nerved, college-aged daredevils with some sweet prizes — scholarships, concert tickets and laptop computers.

The park, at 8801 Pecos St. in Federal Heights, is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily starting Saturday, weather permitting. Tickets are $34.99 for kids 40-47 inches in height; $39.99 for people 48 inches tall and above; $8.99 for seniors age 60 and older. Discounted tickets are available after 1:45 p.m.; residents of Westminster and the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District also receive discounts. 303-427-7873;

A few other summer favorites and their opening dates:

Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park: Now open daily at 2000 Elitch Circle. 303-595-4386;

Pirates Cove Family Aquatic Center: Opens Saturday at 1225 W. Belleview Ave., Englewood. 303-762-2683;

Lakeside Amusement Park: Now open Fridays through Sundays; daily hours begin June 7 at 4601 Sheridan Blvd. 303-477-1621;

Heritage Square Amusement Park: Open daily starting Saturday at 18301 W. Colfax Ave., Golden. 303-727-8437; Kathleen St. John

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  • comment avatar Amber Johnson May 24, 2013

    Hurray, so excited!

  • comment avatar Candy May 24, 2013

    I’m so ready. Perfect weather for it, too.

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