Lakeside Amusement Park, located on Lake Rhoda off Interstate 70 in west Denver, is a throwback to amusement parks of the past, with such traditional rides as miniature trains, a wooden carousel, a wooden roller coaster and the Loop-O-Plane and Rock-O-Plane thrill rides.
The park’s most popular ride is the Cyclone, a wooden roller coaster that makes riders think they’re going to land in the lake as they round a corner and the coaster groans under the weight of the cars and passengers. The Cyclone was designed by the famed Edward A. Vettel and opened in 1940. The track runs for 2,800 feet and reaches a height of 80 feet.
The wooden carousel dates back to the park’s opening in 1908 and has 32 horses and a variety of other figures, including bears, burros, deer, dogs, goats, lions, pigs, rabbits and monkeys.
The park has two other roller coasters, the Wild Chipmunk from 1955 and the Dragon from 1986, plus a miniature train that goes around the lake. It has bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, a drop tower and a variety of spinning rides, and a Kiddie Playland with rides for young children.
The family-owned park is one of the nation’s oldest, opened in 1908. It was originally called White City and was developed by pioneer Denver brewer Adolph Zang.