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Experience Hair-raising Rides in Minnesota’s Amusement Park
Bring the whole family along to experience some of the best amusement parks in the Midwest and they’re right here in Minnesota.
Take a ride on one of the adrenaline-pumping roller coasters at Shakopee’s popular Valleyfair, like the Corkscrew – a 1,950 feet of tubular track coaster that loops and twists over the park. If that’s too tame for you, try the Wild Thing; the tallest and fastest roller coaster at Valleyfair, plunging riders 200 feet down at 74 miles per hour.
Spin around on Northern Lights, clinging to the handrails as you rock and roll on over 300 feet of track at speeds of up to 43 miles per hour. On Steel Venom, encounter a U-shaped spiraling climb to 185 feet and then drop off to the end of the tracks on Steel Venom. The North Star will spin you 20 stories above the ground at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.
Also within Valleyfair is Dinosaurs Alive! Journey back through time where visitors can see over 30 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. The exhibit is a great exploration into the pre-historic past with scenes and stories based on real fossil evidence. It’s a spot that will thrill and chill people of all ages as visitors travel back in time to a now extinct world.
While you’re in Valleyfair, get yourself drenched at Soak City Water Park. With seven acres of water and 12 water slides, all are guaranteed to leave dripping wet. Go see why Panic Falls Speed Slides, with its 34-foot plunge, are favorites for all visitors. Breakers Pipeline is sure to thrill you as you’ll stand within a capsule where the floor drops out and sends riders slipping through a series of twists and turns in four different tubes.
They also have plenty of interactive shows for the little ones with some of their favorite characters dressed up and in character. Visit during the fall for a haunted scare with mazes, costumes, monsters, pumpkin walkways, and thrilling Halloween events.
Take a break from the excitement and when hunger strikes, hit up one of the quick eateries and grab a bite to eat. Have your pick from pizza, burgers, hot dogs, tacos, grilled meats, and sandwiches. or sweet treats like funnel cakes and cotton candy, you’ll find it at this massive theme park.
Even the renowned shopping center, The Mall of America, is home to thrill rides. Take a hair-raising flight simulation ride at Flyover America. Giving you a dramatic aerial tour of some of the region’s greatest landmarks using virtual flight technology. There are also gusts of wind and scents added to the sensation of the flight.
While you’re at Mall of America, don’t forget to check out the Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium housing a huge collection of sharks and sea life families viewed through a 300-foot long glass tunnel. Nickelodeon Universe® features seven acres of unique attractions and entertainment. Meet the Nick characters from the popular television channel, experience spine-tingling rides, visit unique retail shops, and much more.
Valleyfair Amusement Park
Opened in 1976, Valley Fair Amusement Park is a top destination for families, travelers, and locals looking for excitement in Shakopee. Thrill-seekers will surely enjoy a ride on any of the 12 Valleyfair Thrill Rides – including the Northern Lights, Corkscrew, and Steel Venom.
Apart from the high-flying thrills, the park also features family-friendly attractions like Soak City Waterpark, "Dinosaurs Alive!", and plenty more. What's more, the park is conveniently located just a short drive from the Twin Cities area in eastern Minnesota.