Adventureland Amusement Park in Des Moines Iowa

What comes to mind when you think about how to spend the hot months of summer? River rafting, rollerblading, swimming, fishing? What about amusement parks?

They aren’t for everyone, but for those who find that the thrill of inching their way up a hill, then feeling their stomach lurch as the cars go over the brink tends to cure that itch brought on by summertime boredom.

Adventureland Discount Tickets

Adventureland amusement park in Iowa and Arnolds park amusement park on the scenic shores of West Lake Okoboji might just be what the doctor ordered.

Adventureland amusement park is steeped in history. The amusement park opened in 1974, but the land the amusement park now resides on once belonged to Des Moines Airport, where Charles Lindbergh stopped in 1924.

Adventureland Iowa
Adventureland, Des Moines Iowa

The land was then used as a windbreak for a farm, which still stands today and is part of Adventureland. With its first full season of operation taking place in 1975, this fantastic place has never looked back.

Adventureland Water Park

The Adventureland Water Park features Breakers Beach – Iowa’s Largest Wave Pool and Adventureland Amusement Park includes some of the best thrill rides in the industry.

Adventureland Iowa Water Park
Adventureland Iowa Water Park

Adventureland Roller Coasters

The Tornado wooden roller coaster and the Adventureland Dragon upside down double-loop roller coaster is very popular among thrill-seekers along with so many more spectacular attractions as you’ll see from this video!

Adventureland also has heaps of family and kiddie rides as well and some of the friendliest staff and most engaging mascots around.

Adventureland Roller Coasters
Dragon – Adventureland Roller Coaster

Adventureland Altoona has four mascots, though one, Bernie Benard is the official one. Pictures of this cuddly canine adorn the Adventureland park Des Moines, and you can even get your picture taken with him!


Considering all you can do at Adventureland, their rates are pretty reasonable. Just $33.00 USD per person for kids (ages 4-9) and seniors. Adult tickets (10-64) are $39.00 USD each.

Adventureland Iowa Kids-Rides
Adventureland Iowa Kids-Rides

Season Passes

But that’s just for Adventureland day passes. For those of you who want to spend your whole summer at Adventureland Altoona (who wouldn’t?), it’s just $110 per person for an Adventureland season pass.

Just think, if you want to visit Adventureland park Des Moines five times over the course of the summer, you’d be saving yourself (as a single adult) $85. That’s nothing to sneeze at.

Special Needs Tickets

Best of all, folks with special needs (say, if you have a cast, or are pregnant), the ticket price for a day is only $29, though you have to purchase the special ticket at the gate. The others, you can buy from the comfort of your own home if you so choose.

Park Amenities

As for on-site amenities, it’s important to keep your belongings safe and to have all the modern resources at your fingertips that you have come to expect when visiting a place like Adventureland Amusement Park.

That’s why there is an ATM on-site and the amusement park also offers to check cashing services. Additionally, electric wheelchairs and scooters can be rented for a nominal fee.

And whether you want a quick bite to sate the rumbling in your tummy or a drink to cool off on a hot Iowa summer day, Adventureland Amusement Park has something for everybody.

Food Choices

From the Outlaw Gulch Saloon, featuring Cheesesteak sandwiches and their version of the Blooomin’ Onion to Rally Round and their corndogs or Rathskellar with their sampling of All-American food and many more choices besides, Adventureland Amusement Park really does have something for every palate.

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Other top vacation destinations in the midwest include theme parks in Wisconsin like Bay Beach amusement park or you have theme parks in Ohio like Cedar Point, Seaworld in Orlando along with Six Flags Great America in Chicago, Illinois.

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