15 Favorite Midwest Amusement Parks
Bloomington, Minnesota: Nickelodeon Universe
It's hard to miss this colorful indoor park when you visit Bloomington's Mall of America. A variety of innovative rides and attractions offers more entertainment than you ever thought could fit into 7 acres (952/883-8800; nickelodeonuniverse.com).
Big Thrill: Climb into a shell and grab your wings on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock (pictured), a partially self-controlled flight that swoops and dives over the park.
Family Favorite: You'll have a run-in with Minnesota's legendary Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox before careening down a 40-foot drop on the Log Chute.
Travel Tip: If you're only here for a few rides and not the entire day, purchase a point pass instead of a wristband to save some dough.