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Heritage Square

All I can say is "shame on us" for never having been to Heritage Square... until last weekend. I don't know if I always imagined it being farther away or what, but I hope I can save you from the same mistake.

Our first trip to Heritage Square in Golden couldn't have been a more perfect experience. We arrived just before the ticket sales opened on Monday - Labor Day. I was expecting a big crowd, but was pleasantly surprised to see that we were one of only a handful of cars in the parking lot. Now I can't guarantee that the weather will be as perfect as ours was, but it was the perfect day. There were high clouds, a light breeze, and temperatures in the mid-70s... just glorious by any standard.

Our first adventure was the alpine slide - and a first it was! None of us (yes, not even the hubby and myself) had been on an alpine slide before. It's not exactly a bargain at $7/person per ride, but it was truly memorable. (Kids under 6 ride for just $3.) The views on the way up via chair lift were quintessentially Colorado and the thrill of the ride back down was something the kids won't soon forget! (Never mind that my seven-year-old was riding at a screaming snail's pace - she thought she was racing right along!)


Next we hit the ticket stand for a chance to experience some classic amusement park rides. Having been to both Elitch Gardens and Lakeside amusement parks, I  can tell you Heritage Square is very similar but with a couple of distinctive benefits. First, it's smaller - we felt very comfortable having our kids run ahead of us a few steps without the worry of them getting lost. Also, it's in Golden! You really feel like you are out and away from the city.

It looks like they were having fun!

The swan shaped paddle boats were a blast. The kids loved taking in the fish and birds as the adults did all the work. My husband braved the Scrambler and the Tilt-a-Whirl with the kids which they subsequently rode multiple times. Speaking of multiple rides, you can purchase tickets in increments (the more your purchase, the cheaper the tickets become) or purchase an unlimited pass. Rides vary from 2 tickets per person to about 6 tickets. If you are planning on spending the day there is no doubt your best bargain is the unlimited pass. Keep in mind this only includes the amusement park and not the alpine slide or the new Miner's Maze Adventureland area.

Some other great perks? Admission and parking is free. In just a few short weeks the Halloween festivities will begin. You can find more details on their events schedule page. Don't think just because Labor Day is behind us that there is no more outdoor fun to be had. Heritage Square is open weekends through October. Enjoy!

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