Denver, Colorado is home to one of my most beloved childhood places to visit, Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park. Are you looking for the opening date for the amusement park's 2014 season? (Along with all of its rides, roller coasters, shows and water park?) Read on.

This year, Elitch Gardens will be open May 3, 2014 and stay open through November 2, 2014. (There is a special season pass holder's only sneak peak on May 2, 2014 from 6-10 p.m..)

Opening weekend hours at the park are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. (The first few weeks of operation the park is only open certain days, they will start being open seven days a week the week of May 25.) Click here to see their entire operational calendar.

The water park does not open until Memorial Day Weekend (Memorial days falls on May 26, 2014.) and will be open every day from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Labor Day (September 1, 2014).

This year one of the big new spectacles will be a seven-story thrill coaster called the Brain Drain. It looks epic.

Believe it or not, Elitch Gardens first opened their gates back in 1890. You also might remember it was known as 'Six Flags Elitch Gardens' from 1998-2007.

For more than 120 years, Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park is a must-see destination for all locals, visitors and families. Operating on 63 acres, Elitch Gardens is America’s only downtown theme and water park.  Since 1890, visitors have been creating memories worth repeating right in the heart of Denver.  The park will be open May through October with 53 rides, live entertainment, thrilling roller coasters, and an entire water park.

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