The family is the basic unit of society—yet, statistically, family members are the very people who are most likely to steal your extra Double Meat Whataburger™. Solidify family alliances and suss out enemies with today's Groupon. For $24, you get two all-day passes to Cliff's Amusement Park (up to a $49.90 value). Passes include general admission, unlimited rides, and access to Water Monkeys' Adventure, and must be used in the same visit. Cliff's Amusement Park is open April through September; park hours vary.
Established in 1959, Cliff's adventuresome array of thrill rides, water rides, family and children's rides, and games have earned it a beloved place in Albuquerque's collective memory, unlike the city's implanted memories of seeing attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. Cliff's 2010 summer season features new additions to the repertoire, including a new thrill ride and the Wild West Game Center, a simulacrum of the nation's burly, brawling era of time-traveling hover-trains as built by a Hollywood film-set designer. Adrenaline-hounds, meanwhile, can take on the new 80-foot-tall Super Fire Ball—an electrifying ghost train that whirls riders around a giant loop at 13 circuits per minute—or the SideWinder—a gut-pummeling wheel of swingy, spinny escape velocity. For all these latest additions, they have not shoved out beloved classics like the 3,000-ft-long New Mexico Rattler, which is sure to inspire a few shrieks of nostalgia. Parents and their juvenile half-clones can get in on the family-friendly action with the carousel, the Demolition Disco bumper cars, or Kiddieland's Doggie-Go-Round before cooling off in Water Monkeys’ Adventure aquatic play area, Rocky Mountain Rapids, or Big Flush Water Coaster—a ride that lays to rest long-held worries about the goldfish afterlife.
Originally a NASA front for acclimating children's bodies to the gravitational fluctuations of space travel, amusement parks give families a chance to scream together without the neighbors calling the police. Reward your offspring for reaching the minimum height for riding reality with today's Groupon to Cliff's Amusement Park.
Three Yelpers give Cliff's Amusement Park an average of 4.5 stars, and five TripAdvisors give it an average of four. Seven Insider Pagers give it a four-star average, and Judy's Book reviewers give it 4:
- Cliff's is rather small, but still loads of fun for the entire family. They have rides for all ages - toddlers to adults. All of the employees are kind and helpful. – Kristina W., Judy's Book
- The first time we went to Cliff's Amusement Park we thought it wouldn't be that fun because it' s so small, but it ended up being more fun than any BIG amusement park. At Cliff's it feels like your own giant playground, because unlike huge amusement parks we didn't have to stress out about having enough time to ride all the rides. There wasn't huge lines to wait in which was a huge plus. And the rides were just as big and fun as any other amusement parks rides. – Zubia, TripAdvisor
- They have lots of rides ( for the young and the young at heart), shows, midway activities, and of course amusement park food such as funnel cakes, hot dogs, and nachos to mention a few. – Catherine D., Insider Pages
Cliff's Amusement Park
Whether the name of the game is to have some family fun or to scream like a banshee, Cliff's Amusement Park has been the place to do it for more than 50 years. The first thing you'll notice as you drive up is the New Mexico Rattler, a 3,000-foot wooden roller coaster that twists and turns its way around the edges of the park and plunges—for a few terrifying seconds—into an underground tunnel. The Cliff Hanger makes an anticipation-building ascent before freefalling back to earth, and the SideWinder twirls passengers 80 feet into the air on a structure resembling Paul Bunyan's spare wagon wheel.
The jungle-themed WaterMania area lets youngsters climb like monkeys and race down slippery water slides. They also can enjoy slower-paced fun inside bumper cars, on the Tilt-A-Whirl, or during a leisurely trip around the park on an old-timey train.