Adventureland Iowa in Des Moines, Iowa (Altoona)

3200 Adventureland DriveAltoona, IA 50009
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Just 20 minutes northeast of Des Moines, Adventureland Iowa offers over 100 rides and attractions for all ages, from kiddie rides to thrilling roller coasters like the new Flying Viking and Monster infinity coaster. Enjoy live shows and events, including the popular Phantom Fall Fest. Cool down in the summer at the Adventureland water park—Adventure Bay.

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from Ashley, one of our Altoona Travel Experts
  • Located in Altoona, just 20 minutes north of Des Moines.
  • This family-friendly amusement park features a variety of rides, attractions, and entertainment.
  • The park boasts several thrilling roller coasters, including the Dragon Slayer, Tornado, and Outlaw.
  • A range of kiddie rides are suitable for younger children, making it a great destination for families. Plus, children ages 3 and under get in for free.
  • The park is cashless—only credit/debit cards and Apple and Google Pay accepted. Cash-to-card kiosks are conveniently located throughout the park.
  • Wheelchairs and scooters available for rent at Main Street Marketplace.
  • Enjoy seasonal events such as the crowd-favorite Phantom Fall Fest and Oktoberfest.
  • Please note that minors can only enter the park after 4:00 PM if accompanied by an adult (age 21+) with a valid ID.


from Adventureland
Excitement awaits at Adventureland Park in Altoona, Iowa, located about 10 miles northeast of Des Moines. Adventureland features over 100 rides, shows, and attractions from mild to wet-and-wild. Guests of all ages will find something to love at this Iowa park, from kiddie rides, to thrilling coasters, Adventure Bay waterpark, and family-friendly attractions.

Celebrating 50 Years of Fun
Celebrate five decades of adventure, laughter, and cherished memories with a lineup of special events honoring Adventureland's rich history. Kick off the celebrations with Bernie's Birthday Bash in June, where kids can enjoy fun activities and meet the one and only Bernie Bernard, a beloved staple of the park since its opening in 1974. Then, in July, don't miss the Festival of Decades, a nostalgic journey through the past 50 years of Adventureland. Each week, Adventureland pays tribute to a different decade with concerts, fireworks, and history displays throughout the park.

NEW in 2024! Underground: A Reimagined Thrill Ride
Prepare to be swept away on an adventure like never before as Underground, the world's only indoor wooden roller coaster, undergoes a spectacular reimagination. With new scenes, enhanced classics, and elevated theming throughout, this iconic ride promises an exhilarating journey deep underground.
Guests will notice the changes before they even get into line. An all-new entrance to the ride transports guests into the old, abandoned coal mine in search of missing gold, all while encountering the spirit of the notorious outlaw Bad Bob. Get ready to hold on tight and experience thrills like never before!

About Adventureland
Founded in 1974 by Jack Krantz, Adventureland started as an amusement park and grew into a resort, including a hotel, restaurant, and campground. Adventureland Resort was run as a family business by the Krantz family until 2021.

A balance of change and tradition continues to be important for Adventureland Resort, which is one of the Midwest’s best-known family fun and entertainment theme parks and has become a regional magnet for tourism and fun for all ages.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Adventureland

Where is Adventureland?

Adventureland is located about 11 miles northeast of downtown Des Moines at 3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona, IA 50009.

Do you have to pay for parking at Adventureland?

Yes, Adventureland has a pay-to-park system for standard and preferred parking.

Does Adventureland have a water park?

Yes, Adventure Bay is a gigantic water park located within Adventureland Resort.

When does Adventureland open?

Adventureland Iowa's season runs May through October. Operating days and hours vary throughout the season. Please check the park's operating calendar in the ticket section above for operating hours during your travel date range. Please note that inclement weather can cause the park to adjust operating hours for the safety of guests and staff.

Can I leave and come back the same day at no charge?

Yes! Don’t forget your hand stamp before you leave at the main gate. As for parking, be sure to keep your parking ticket receipt that you received upon arrival. Show it to the parking lot attendant when you return. Your parking lot ticket/receipt is valid for one day only.

Can I bring my own stroller to Adventureland?

Yes, of course! Strollers and wagons are both allowed in Adventureland. Strollers are also available for rent at the Old Fire Station located on Main Street, just past the park entrance.

Where can I store my items while on a ride?

Loose items not permitted on rides should always be left with a non-rider or in your car. Select rides offer designated areas to leave your belongings while you are on the ride. Please note that Adventureland assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen items.

Are there lockers available for rent?

Yes, lockers are available for rent in Adventure Bay. All lockers are electronic, and you’ll have three (3) different sizes to choose from. No security deposit is required, and locker rentals are available on a single-day basis only.

What types of payment does Adventureland accept?

Adventureland only accepts card payments, Apple Pay and Google Pay. These include all major credit and debit card providers (Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Discover) and prepaid cards. Cash is not accepted. Guests can convert cash into a prepaid card at cash-to-card kiosks conveniently located throughout Adventureland (Front Gate, Guest Services, by the Lighthouse, and the Kokomo store).

What is the chaperone policy?

Guests ages 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult at least age 21 with a valid ID to enter the park after 4:00 PM. Minors must be under the supervision of adults at all times. The park does not assume any responsibility or liability for unattended minors.

What is the bag policy?

Each guest is only allowed to bring one (1) bag with a maximum size of 15” x 15” x 15” into the park.

Can I bring food or drinks?

Only unopened bottled water and sports drinks, and soft-sided coolers from outside are permitted into the park. Outside food, alcohol, hard coolers, and glass containers are not allowed to be brought inside. Food and alcoholic/non-alcoholic drinks are available for purchase.