Bowling is the great social equalizer—a common ground where grizzled undercover clowns, blue-collar English lords, LARPer librarians, big and tall lingerie models, hordes of hive-minded hipsters, and the other two social demographics that comprise America can unite in common cause and topple a gaggle of stuck-up, inanimate wooden pins. Brunswick has been a household name in this egalitarian pastime almost since the beginning, with a company history that dates back to the 19th century, providing classic American good times to all manner of patrons across the country. And with today's Groupon tying the room together, you'll get to play two games (up to a $9.98 value) in its hallowed halls wearing a pair of freshly disinfected bowling shoes (up to a $3.99 value).
Ghosts and evil clowns may elicit outright screams, but the story behind Aurora's 13th Door Haunted House is equally bone-chilling in its own way. According to legend, local millionaire John Barrington was throwing his annual All Hallows' Eve ball at the Barrington Hotel when his nephew, Andrew, came to him for help.
Andrew, a gambler with a streak of bad luck, had amassed some serious debts, and his life now depended upon financial aid from his wealthy uncle. Hoping to teach a hard lesson, Barrington refused his nephew's pleas for money and threw him out of the party. He could hardly have suspected the severe consequences that would follow.
Driven to rage by his uncle's response, Andrew blocked the doors to the ballroom and set the hotel on fire. The lavishly dressed guests all perished?all, that is, except for one. The sole survivor of the party had managed to find one door that Andrew failed to block: the 13th door.
Today, those who enter the infamous ballroom can still hear the screams of the souls trapped inside, and they may even come face-to-face with the ghost of Andrew Barrington himself. In order to escape, they'll have to find the 13th door while making it past the haunted hotel's countless horrors, which include a slew of zombie residents and a pile of unwashed bath towels.
Established in 1908, Lakeside Amusement Park maintains its turn-of-the-century charm while embracing modern amenities and attractions. An adrenaline-pumping drop tower and a slew of neon-hued, spinning rides contrast the classic joy of a wooden roller coaster, which rises from its perch near the lake.
The all-ages park also comprises Kiddies' Playland, a place where tots can get their fun fix on boats, animal-themed rides, and pint-sized motorcycles. The facility also accommodates large groups with on-site picnic grounds perfect for birthday parties or applesauce fights.
It was 1890 when the first people arrived at Elitch Gardens, then a zoological park. Those early Denver citizens would likely be taken aback by the park's current collection of thrill rides?including one that looks like the world's largest hula hoop balanced on its side. The Brain Drain is no hula hoop, however. It's a ride towering seven stories high, with back-to-back seats that allow its riders to stare into each other's eyes as they go upside-down in high-speed revolutions.
Elsewhere in the park, there are more adrenaline rushes to be had on the tracks of wooden and suspended roller coasters. Those who enjoy a slower pace would do well to visit the ferris wheel, children's rides, and an 83-year-old carousel whose horses don't even know what email is. There's also a water park with open and enclosed slides, some of which plunge from heights of up to 75 feet.
JumpStreet is an indoor trampoline park where taut floors and angled walls made of springy trampoline surfaces beckon children and adults to bounce back and forth or try aerodynamic flips and gravity-defying leaps. The arena is structured like a skateboard park, though bouncers don’t need any equipment to hop across the wall-to-wall planes or climb up, slide down, or spring off the tilted trampoline walls, which can also be used to recreate the summer Olympics’ popular trampoline belly-flop event. Guests can hop on over to the springy dodgeball courts, where safe, competitive play is enhanced with ample bouncing, and arcades and batting cages offer engaging activities for those who need to rest their feet. Scattered across JumpStreet’s various locations are an assortment of other safe, kinetic activities, including a bull ride, a multicolored maze, and a foam pit.