A Little Amusement Park in Golden

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When you think of an amusement park, most likely you’ll think about Elitches or Lakeside, however Heritage Square has been taking on some big changes, making them more attractive, while still

When you think of an amusement park, most likely you’ll think about Elitches or Lakeside, however Heritage Square has been taking on some big changes, making them more attractive, while still hanging onto their roots.

 

Heritage Square is a little amusement park tucked away in the mountains of Golden. It has been there for over fifty years.

 

Miner’s Maze is an added part to the park filled with activities aimed for slightly older kids. There are many attractions including Water Walkerz, an activity that opened on July 22, 2012. Water Walkerz is an activity where you sit in a giant deflated beach ball and they blow it up making it feel like you’re in a hamster ball. Then, you roll into a pool of water and try to walk, crawl, and run on the water. It looks easy, but it isn’t.

 

Miner’s Maze is named after their huge, 5,000 square foot, two level maze. Participants get a “passport” and have to visit all the stations before you can exit. There are signs that lead you into dead ends and signs that would help you. It’s confusing, but fun. Little kids could do this if they had an adult or older kid with them.

 

“We offer new types of rides here like the bungee trampoline and the Water Walkerz,” said Sharon, an employee from Miner’s Maze, “It’s different from traditional amusement park rides, they’re much more action oriented. It is something very new for around here.”

 

“My favorite ride in Heritage Square was the Alpine Slide.” said Jasmine Faucett, 10, “I’ve been there three times.”

 

The alpine slide is one of the most popular rides at Heritage Square. You ride up the mountain on a chairlift, and ride down on a half mile cement track on a sled. If you are really young you can ride with an adult, but if you are about 7 and older, you have to ride by yourself. The experienced rider track goes faster than the slow track, so most new people take the slow track. When you first start out it is kind of scary, but once you get into it, it is really fun.

 

Heritage Square is nice because it is clean and there are only a few long lines, isn’t as crowded and it has no parking fees. However, there are fewer rides than traditional amusement parks, geared towards littler kids, and, it is mostly non traditional rides, so there aren’t that many roller coasters.