15 Favorite Midwest Amusement Parks
Arnolds Park, Iowa: Arnolds Park
Enjoy the nostalgia wave at this charming waterfront amusement park on Lake Okoboji. We love that some things never get old here, like the giggles we get on the Tilt-A-Whirl or the tempting smell of a funnel cake (712/332-2183; arnoldspark.com).
Big Thrill: The Legend Roller Coaster started thrilling guests back in 1927, and the ride still delivers. The 13th oldest wooden coaster in the United States feels a little rickety, but that's what makes it fun.
Family Favorite: Savor the beautiful lake views from the Ferris wheel. Take a spin during the day and then again at night for a change of scenery.
Travel Tip: Don't let a cool or cloudy day scare you away from the park. In fact, it's the best time to visit. One of our writers rode the Legend 26 times on a drizzly day because there were no lines!