Amusement Parks

Ready, Set... Go!

Kids like to move, often in ways that don't involve just putting one foot in front of the other down a trail. For when families need an entertaining alternative to nature's playground, Estes Park offers plenty of manmade fun. Together, moms and dads, sons and daughters zip down giant slides or take turns doing flips on bungee trampolines. They race each other around go-kart tracks, the happy shrieks and squeals often drowning out the sound of the motors.

Even older generations get in on the amusement park action, with romantic rounds of miniature golf or challenging youngsters to skee-ball matches in the arcade. There's truly something for everyone-whether guests are visiting with one branch of the family tree or the whole ancestral forest. They can ride a miniature train with the youngest among them or square off for water wars in which they lob water balloons at each other (perhaps evening the score from earlier feuds in the family car).

Participants race up a climbing wall and practice their skills in a batting cage. They captain bumper boats or steer bumper cars, ramming each other with delight. These amusements allow the young and young at heart to let loose, get a little wild and, most importantly, have fun!