Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Gateway Park Fun Center combines the splendor of its natural backdrop with a variety of manmade attractions. Fresh mountain air courses through the 18-hole mini-golf course and whips the hair of go-kart racers on a track more than 2,100 feet long. Guests with unstable hairdos can retreat inside, where an arcade loaded with games such as skee-ball and NFL Throw—along with an inline hockey rink—make the park a year-round destination.
For 20 minutes, darkness descends over your world. The only light is the eery glow of the Egyptian ruins that surround you, plus the streaks of your enemies' bright LEDs as they sprint through the arena. Inside Loveland Laser Tag Fun Center's 5,700-square-foot battlefield, the action spreads across three levels, as up to 40 total players compete for high scores in a simulation of mankind's oldest conflict: what to wear with a vest. Along with using high-tech Gen7 Supernova equipment, laser tag sessions have plenty of ways to keep the game fresh, hosting a variety of game modes and allowing players to follow their scoring progress online.
Yet the laser tag arena only accounts for a portion of the fun at Loveland. Outside the competition area, an indoor rope course stretches over an arcade, and a climbing wall looms 23 feet high. Luckily, house-made pizza gives climbers plenty of energy for the ascent.
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You'll see a lot of gleeful, childlike expressions on the attractions at Amaze'n Steamboat Family Fun Park, and not just on the faces of children—guests of all ages take delight in the center's family-friendly attractions. Putt under logs, around rocks, and through an old-fashioned mine over 18 holes of miniature golf, or rocket up to 20 feet in the air on the bungee trampoline. Younger kids shake down pans just like in the Wild West at the gemstone panning station, searching for hidden treasures among the ruddy rocks. After getting dirty, visitors can load up massive squirt guns in the giant maze for a super-soaker battle, or take a turn at the basketball station, where the loser gets showered with icy water. For watery fun that seems to defy the laws of physics, climb inside a water walker—the transparent, human-sized orbs let visitors glide across the water without paying steep tuition fees to a local dolphin.
Even the most rugged trucks are no match for the steep mountain terrain. Instead, visitors to Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park abandon their autos in favor of a 4,300-foot-long gondola tram, taking in the panoramic mountain vistas from the safety of a futuristic, six-person pod as it ascends to the summit. Once there, visitors are confronted with a dizzying array of attractions that pair the majesty of nature with the thrills of modern amusements. The Glenwood Canyon Flyer swings visitors out over the canyon, 1,400 feet above the Colorado River, while the innovative alpine coaster zooms down a 3,400-foot track as riders control their car?s speed, gunning it to feel the wind in their hair or slowing down to savor the picturesque greenery. In a nod to the region?s mining history, visitors can pan for gemstones or hear resident gunslinger-dentist John Henry "Doc" Holliday speak about pulling teeth and casting snake-oil infomercials. An indoor laser-tag arena puts a futuristic twist on Wild-West shootouts, and a 4-D motion theater brings hit films to life with surround sound and moving seats. Cap off a day of adventure with a trip down a 600-foot-long zip ride or a plunge into the Glenwood Caverns and Historic Fairy Caves, following the soft glow of safety lights and sturdy handrails until emerging onto the rough stone balcony of Exclamation Point and gasping at the sight of the winding Colorado River as it digs a centuries-old trench in the countryside.
The tall evergreens and the rosy-cheeked families on skis or snowshoes?although it happens to be in Colorado, the scene at Breckenridge Nordic Center could have been plucked from an idealized Scandinavia. Maps and trail markers make it easy to explore the groomed ski trails for hours on your own. But if you get lonely, you can always sign up for basic cross-country ski instruction and guided Snowshoe Adventures that open up the wonders of the Rocky Mountain landscape.