Adventureland Resort Review

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185 Family Reviews
3200 Adventureland Drive, Altoona IA 50009
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Editor’s Review of Adventureland Resort

Altoona, IA
Every family vacation at some time must include a visit to a theme park, and in the Midwest Adventureland Amusement Park in Des Moines has been entertaining families since the 1970s. With many of the expected features in an amusement park -- Ferris wheel, rollercoasters, carousels and log flumes -- Adventureland meets the basic criteria for a good time. But throw in the Human Washing Machine, two 70-foot speed slides and a 200-foot shot directly into space, then you have a day of adventure for the daredevils of all ages in your family. Of course, there's plenty for little ones, with more than a dozen rides for those under 54 inches tall and a zero-entry water play area
... more in Adventure Bay.

Bernie the St. Bernard is the official mascot of Adventureland who strolls along Main Street and the other four theme areas several times throughout the day, posing for pictures and making sure all is well within his little kingdom. Blue Bunny Ice Cream, made in LeMars, Iowa, is the official ice cream of Adventureland. The entire park is non-smoking.

The people who designed Adventureland must have had kids of all ages, because instead of clustering all of the kiddie rides in one section and the wilder rides in another, they are all intermingled. Therefore, parents can do a better job of keeping track of where everyone in the family is at the same time. less
Our Editor Loves
  • One- and two-bedroom Family Suites
  • Three pools with jungle-themed slides and two arcades
  • Walking distance to Adventureland Theme and Water Parks
Family Interests
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
Family Amenities
  • Connecting Rooms
  • Family Room 5+
  • Game Room
  • Kitchenettes
  • Onsite Dining
  • Refrigerator
  • Pool
Our Member Reviews 185 Reviews
The Smell of Relaxation
Reviewed on 04/05/2014
We loved our stay at the adventureland resort. The kids played in the pool - the slide kept them busy for hours - and it was nice to be outside of Des Moines yet close. It only took us 15 min. to get downtown....
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Our Crew's Yearly Great Adventure
Reviewed on 03/31/2012
Every summer for the past 14 years our three family group has traveled from Omaha, NE, to Altoona's Adventure land Inn to stay and enjoy the theme park. We range in age from 65-10 years. We have loved every minute we have spent ...
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Within walking distance of the entrance, but with a complimentary trolley providing transportation to the park all day long, the Adventureland Inn is the closest hotel to all of the rides and attractions. The 186 rooms are built around two large courtyards where the pools are located. You may choose from 12 different styles from rooms that literally step out to the pool from your own private patio to rooms with a private patio within steps of your automobile. Family Suites feature one or two bedrooms and sitting areas with sleeper sofas. The hotel is two stories, so second level rooms have spacious balconies that either overlook the pool or access the outdoors. Those on the west side of the hotel have a great view of the rides at the park. Adjoining rooms are available. The entire hotel is non-smoking.


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