Destination Iowa: Adventureland Resort
ALTOONA — In 1924, the area belonged to the Des Moines Airport. Then, years later, it became a family farm. In 1973, work began on an amusement park, Adventureland, surrounding the farmhouse, which opened to the public in August 1974.
“Adventureland Resort is one of the few family-owned amusement park resorts left in the country,” Adventureland spokesperson Molly Vincent said. “We have a great variety of rides and attractions for all ages.”
Adventureland was founded by Jack and Jan Krantz and had its first full season in 1975, adding new attractions to the first few it opened with. In the years that followed, new rides and attractions were added to entertain guests, including the wooden roller coaster, Tornado, in 1977, Outlaw Gulch, and introduced characters such as Garfield and Odie from the popular comic strip.
The amusement park continued its expansion, adding more rides as well as a waterpark, Adventure Bay, in 2010. One of the more recent additions is a new roller coaster in 2016, the first one to be added in 23 years. This year, the park will debut its newest kid’s area, Bernie’s Barnyard, with two new roller coasters and a playground.
“Adventureland is a great place to take your family and forget about the real world for a day,” Vincent said.
Tickets are $45 for ages 10 to 64, $40 for ages 4 to 9 and guests 65 and older. They can be purchased at www.adventurelandresort.com. Children ages 3 and under are free to enter.
There are discount coupons at most Iowa Hy-Vee and Taco Johns stores, as well as special rates for groups of 15 or more available on the website.