305 34th Ave. NW
Altoona Iowa 50009United States
Families love the variety of rides, friendly staff (and now the new water park) and reasonable prices.
This Des Moines-area amusement park with the throwback feel (it opened in 1974) upped its offerings in 2010 with the addition of Adventure Bay, a water park with 13 slides, a lazy river, a swimming pool and swim-up bar -- all included in the price of admission ($30 per adult, plus $5 to park).We love Adventureland because it's easy to navigate among the 100 rides and attractions, and the staff members are genuinely interested in making sure visitors have a good time. There are plenty of rides appropriate for the preschool set and some faster, more thrilling options for tweens and teens. An old train chugs around the property and pulls into a station set along a smaller version of Disney's Main Street U.S.A. A sky glider cruises over a lake, and a white-water raft ride give patrons a place to cool down on hot summer days. Get there when it opens at 10 a.m. to avoid huge lines, and check local grocery stores and banks for discount coupons before you go. Beware of concession prices; they are high. If you're looking for ways to save some cash, skip eating meals there and stop at one of the fast-food restaurants across the street on your way out.