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Heritage Square Amusement Park has been a west Denver staple for many, many years. I remember going when I was child, so they’ve been around a LONG time.

The park isn’t far from Denver and is tucked away in the foothills near downtown Golden.

It’s the perfect place for an afternoon of fun with the kids or a great place to take visitors from out of town. My favorite part? Admission is free. Yes, free. You can walk right in and visit the shops or have a quick bite to eat without paying admission. Parking is also free.

The park offers 22 attractions and rides for all ages. Most rides are classic amusement park rides, like a small coaster, paddle boats, bumper boats, go-karts, pony rides, magic shows, mini golf,  an arcade and swings. The best part is there usually isn’t a long wait to get on a ride. This is a small amusement park that offers a lot. You won’t be packed in with hundreds upon hundreds of people.

We love going there, partially because it is so close, but we also love the convenience. Anyone can walk in, so you can bring the grandparents and not worry about paying for them when they will only be spectators. You can also get an unlimited pass and ride everything for as long and as many times as you want. Or you can buy tickets and stop by for a quick jaunt on a few rides.

The park also offers a newer play area Miners Maze, a train, an alpine slide and a dinner theater. Tickets to all three areas are a separate price and do not take Heritage Park ride tickets.

My kids love, love, love the alpine slide. It is operated by a separate company than the rest of the park, so you must hike up to the ski lift to purchase tickets for the slide. The ride up to the top is worth it all by itself. The views of Denver at the top are also spectacular. The ride down is pure fun.

This summer save $4 off an unlimited rides pass from US Family Guide.