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“Nice place but SOOOOO overpriced it's criminal”

Aspen Recreation Center
Ranked #32 of 105 things to do in Aspen
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Owner description: The Aspen Recreation Center, also known as the “ARC”, provides a variety of recreational opportunities for people of all ages. Try rock climbing for the first time, join a pick-up game of hockey, Mom and me Ice skating classes, learn how to play the guitar, tots and youth art classes, Martial Arts and Karate classes, swim lessons or just kick back and float for hours in our lazy river.Enjoy our state-of-the-art fitness center featuring an aerobic studio, media-enhanced Cardio room with elliptical trainers, treadmills, several types of stationary bikes, as well as stair climbers, a rowing machine, and a television on each machine so you can enjoy your favorite shows while you work out. The weight room includes a number of different resistance machines for weight training.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 18 May 2013

I suppose if you came in the morning and spent the entire day it might not be criminal. However, if you want to take a family of four for a swim for a couple of hours it's $65. The Roaring Fork Valley is an expensive place. That said, there is NO EXCUSE for what they charge. Just because the operators of the local ski mountains are in the business of sticking it to the public doesn't mean the City of Aspen should do the same.

The only reason it got two stars was because the facility itself was OK. Very nice pool and ice rink. The "rock wall" on the other hand is one column in the middle of the lobby that most folks shimmy up in 30 seconds. Not exactly an indoor climbing facility.

The bottom line, skip the swim, or better yet head up to Glenwood Hot Springs where at least you can experience a bit of history and something a little out of the ordinary for your money.

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Reviewed 16 March 2013

A major highlight for local residents, visitors can puchase a day pass. Full gym, climbing rock, ice rink, multi-lane lap pool, lazy river with fountain area, waterslide, jacuzzi, locker rooms...all indoors. Perfect for a day off from skiing to get the kids active and work off the calories. Free parking. Bring your own towels. Recommend goggles and flip flops. Great for young children and teens. Plan on rinsing off the chlorine. There is a small cafe but nothing substantial or worthwhile.

Thank brainman64
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Reviewed 9 March 2013

Between the pickup hockey games, the rock climbing wall, pool, gym, this place has everything. dd to that the lazy river, water slide, tennis courts, batting cages .. It's amazing.

I really wish we had a place half this nice at home.

Thank zzzzdoc1
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Aspen G, Public Relations Manager at Aspen Recreation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2013

Not having something similar at home means you will just have to come visit us more often! We appreciate you taking the time to recommend us to others. Hope you come back again soon.

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Reviewed 7 March 2013

fabulous pool - warm water, clean - slide is great. fun for all. a little pricey for family of four once you get towels and lock so bring your own. but overall great experience

Thank FlyTesNYC
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Aspen G, Public Relations Manager at Aspen Recreation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2013

Thanks for the great review. Glad you had a great time and hopefully you got to spend some time outdoors skating and sledding too! Come back and see us soon!

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Reviewed 12 February 2013 via mobile

We had a wonderful day at the aspen rec center. The staff went out of their way to help us out and make sure we had a great time. Beautiful facility and a wonderful price. A must visit while in aspen, especially for families with kids!!

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Aspen G, Public Relations Manager at Aspen Recreation Center, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2013

Hello KylesWife637 - We appreciate your kind words about the Aspen Recreation Center and thank you for taking the time to write about your experience with us! We hope you come again and visit us soon. Thank you!

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