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LIST: 8 spots families must visit in Colorado

By: The Gazette
August 15, 2015 Updated: August 15, 2015 at 2:08 pm
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The vintage Skeeball at the Manitou Arcade is big draw. Stephanie Smith and her boyfriend, Paul, play Skeeball on a weekday afternoon. Tuesday, December 7, 2010. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Eight spots families must visit in Colorado:

Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park: Cave tours, thrill rides and attractions are packed into one Glenwood Springs park. In 2014, USA Today listed the park's Alpine Coaster among the "10 best roller coaster rides of your life." The Giant Canyon Swing is also a blast. More info: glenwoodcaverns.com 

Breck Summer Fun Park: You know a park's going to be good when you have to take a gondola to get there. The Breckenridge attraction offers the Breckenridge Alpine Coaster, Alpine SuperSlide, TenMile Flyer Zipline, 4x4 tours, Mineshaft Maze and more. More info: breckenridge.com

Arcade Amusements Inc.: Break the piggy bank. Check under the couch cushions. But by all means grab some coin and go to Manitou Springs, where spare change is valuable. Kids (and kids at heart) will love Skee-ball, pinball and the arcade games. More info: manitouspringspennyarcade.com

Bishop Castle: You've got to see it to believe it. Go for a drive out of Rye and suddenly a castle appears in the sky, complete with a ferocious fire-breathing dragon chimney. Since 1969, Jim Bishop has created this stone and iron fortress in San Isabel National Forest. More info: bishopcastle.org

Tiny Town: This collection of miniature houses, buildings and railroads west of Denver is perfect for a day trip. More than 90 buildings are on display, plus daily train rides allow you to see parts of the Morrison park otherwise not accessible to visitors. More info: tinytownrailroad.com

Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park: You can expect the best in thrill rides at this Denver park, which also includes a water park. New this year is the six-story SlideZilla, a water slide that drops riders 57 feet and then up into a four-story high tornado wave. More info: elitchgardens.com

Captain Zipline: Head to Salida and soar across a canyon with nothing but air between your feet and the trees. If zip lines aren't for you, take on the challenge of Colorado's largest aerial adventure park. There are nine courses with catwalks, cargo nets and more. More info: captainzipline.com

Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort: Stop for a dip or stay overnight at the Nathrop hot springs. Kids and adults will find something, with multiple pools and temperatures from which to choose. Take a float on the lazy river or go big on the 400-foot water slide. More info: mtprinceton.com

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