Part Waterpark And Part Amusement Park, Adventureland Is The Ultimate Summer Day Trip In Iowa
When the kids are begging to go to an amusement park – or maybe the grown-up thrill-seekers are joining in – you don’t have to book a plane for an expensive vacation. Located in Altoona, Iowa, Adventureland Park has been thrilling coaster buffs and young riders since 1974. Today, it’s so much more than just a place to ride roller coasters. It’s also a waterpark, a phenomenal resort, and the ultimate Iowa summer getaway.
Have you ever paid a visit to this amusement park in Altoona, Iowa or explored the Adventure Bay waterpark? Let us know all about your trip in the comments section!
Next, dive into one of Iowa’s other summertime specialties: ice cream! Take this Iowa ice cream road trip for a one-of-a-kind adventure that the whole family will love. Or, peruse our official Iowa summer adventure guide for more ideas.
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Adventureland Park in Iowa & Related Info
Does Iowa have any waterfalls?
Iowa's man-made water attractions are epic, to say the least... but don't stop there! Unbeknownst to many, there are dozens of waterfalls in Iowa. Fortunately for visitors and locals alike, many of these gorgeous cascades are located within Iowa’s lush state parks, and are easy to access and enjoy, although the state also has plenty of waterfalls tucked away that take a bit of hiking to reach. From roaring cascades to tiered river falls, some of the prettiest waterfalls and waterfall parks in Iowa are:
- Backbone State Park Spillway, Dundee
- Beed's Lake Spillway, Hampton
- Beulah Spring Falls, McGregor
- Big Springs Park, Guttenberg
- Bridal Veil Falls, Pikes Peak State Park, McGregor
- Briggs Woods Waterfall, Webster City
- Duck Creek Waterfall, Bettendorf
- Dunning’s Spring Falls, Decorah
- Ledges State Park, Boone
- MacBride Falls, Solon
- Malanaphy Falls, Decorah
- Siewers Spring Falls, Decorah
- Union Grove Lake Waterfall, Gladbrook
- Willow Creek Waterfall, Mason City
Of course, Iowa’s prettiest waterfalls are at their best when enjoyed after a heavy rain or during the spring. Plan your visit ahead of time to experience each of these waterfalls at their most spectacular!
What are some of the most beautiful places in Iowa?
Iowa is full of stunning and photo-worthy sights, both natural and man-made. While not a complete list, some of the most beautiful places in Iowa include small towns, lush state parks, backroads, and hidden geologic gems, each worthy of a fun day trip:
- Beulah Falls
- Crystal Lake Cave
- Dubuque, Iowa
- Effigy Mounds National Monument
- Iowa State Capitol Building
- Lake Okoboji
- Ledges State Park
- Loess Hills National Scenic Byway/Loess Hills Trail Road
- Pella, Iowa
- Pikes Peak State Park
- River Bluffs Scenic Byway
- Waubonsie State Park