7 Best Theme Parks And Amusement Parks In Iowa, USA

theme parks in iowa
Sharadha
Sharadha
Updated

Iowa is one of the most beautiful mid-western US states lying between the Rivers Mississippi and Missouri. This state is one of the most frequented holiday destinations by families as it is home to some of the best theme parks in the country. These theme parks and amusement parks have been successfully creating the happiest memories for its visitors for decades. The best aspect of Iowa theme parks is that you don’t have to worry whether a fun family trip will create a hole in your pocket. Iowa offers some of the most affordable theme-park options in the whole country. Check out our list of best theme parks and amusement parks in Iowa, USA.

1. Lost Island Waterpark

Waterslide
Source: Pixabay

Photo is only for illustrative purposes

Lost Island Waterpark is the largest waterpark in Iowa city. This waterpark has more than 13 major waterslides that will ensure all-day-long fun for you and your family. There are two cafes in this waterpark for you to grab a snack whenever you are hungry. You can also grab your favorite local beer in the beer tents of this park. There is also a gift shop where you can do some souvenir shopping. This waterpark is open during the months of June to August. Enjoy the fun-loaded water activities in Lost Island Waterpark.

Lost Island Waterpark

Address: 4550 Hess Rd, Waterloo, IA 50701, United States

Website: Lost Island Waterpark

Opening hours: 10:30am - 6:30pm (daily during season)

2. Adventureland Park

Giant Skywheel at Adventureland, Iowa
Source: Photo by user en:Cburnett used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Adventureland Park is a family-owned theme park that has hundreds of rides and has been providing unlimited family-fun experiences for more than four decades. This theme park has many attractions like Adventure Bay, Alpine Village German Mountain themed area, Bernie’s Barnyard, the Boulevard adventure rides, County Fair rural themed area, Dragon island, Iowa farm, Last frontier, Main street, Outlaw Gulch ghost land, River City and Space Shot Midway. This theme park also has many family rides, water rides, and adventure rides that you will enjoy.

Adventureland Park

Address: 3200 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009, United States

Website: Adventureland Park

Opening hours: Fri - Sun: 1pm - 5pm

3. Huck's Harbor at Pzazz Resort Hotel

Wet'n'Wild Sydney, Tower 3- Typhoon, Aqua Tube, Half Pipe (22844322667)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Mary and Andrew used under CC BY 2.0

Photo is only for illustrative purposes

Huck’s Harbor at Pzazz Resort Hotel is a seasonal theme park with several outdoor water rides, tube rides, an activity pool, a splash pad, and a lazy river. These outdoor water rides are open only during specific seasons. There is an indoor activity pool that is open throughout the year and has interesting water activities like Channel pool, a hot tub, and kiddie city. This is an amazing summer family getaway with clean premises. You will also enjoy a range of food and snacks available inside this amusement park.

Huck's Harbor at Pzazz Resort Hotel

Address: 3001 Winegard Dr, Burlington, IA 52601, United States

Website: Huck’s Harbor at Pzazz Resort Hotel

Opening hours:Thu - Tue: 9am - 9pm; Wed: 1pm - 9pm

4. Arnolds Park Amusement Park

Arnolds Park Amusement Park
Source: Photo by Flickr user Martin Lewison used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Arnolds Park Amusement Park opened its doors for families to have joyous theme park memories in the year 1927. This amusement park is one of the popular historic destinations and the oldest theme parks in Iowa. This theme park has many packages for rides that you can choose from. It is a perfect amusement park if you have just one day for a theme park. The best aspect is that you have to pay only for what you use. Although small kids and infants will completely fall in love with Arnold’s Park, it is also a nostalgic spot for many adults.

Arnolds Park Amusement Park

Address: 37 Lake St, Arnolds Park, IA 51331, United States

Website: Arnolds Park Amusement Park

5. Boji Splash Indoor Waterpark

Slides Fallsview Water Park
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Michael Gray used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Photo is only for illustrative purposes

Boji Splash Indoor Waterpark is the only indoor water park in the Arnolds Park area, and it is known for its amazing water slides that are liked by people of all age groups. There is a tube slide for all ages, a lazy river for some floating fun, a Pirate Ship for sailing in the bumpy sea and the Water Cannon. This waterpark pass also includes a Sky Rider backward Zipline ride over Lake Okoboji where you can pause and view the lake from 110 feet above. There is also an outdoor swimming pool and a bar for you to take a relaxing dip during the summers.

Boji Splash Indoor Waterpark

Address: 630 Linden Dr, Arnolds Park, IA 51331, United States

Website: Boji Splash Indoor Waterpark

Opening hours: Fri: 4pm - 10pm; Sat: 9am - 10pm; Sun: 9am - 5pm (closed from Mon - Thu)

6. Pirate Cove Water Park

Public pools - Streets Beach at the South Bank Parklands
Source: Photo by Flickr user Jorge Láscar used under CC BY 2.0

Photo is only for illustrative purposes

Pirates Cove Water Park is a seasonal water park that features a man-made beach and outdoor pools with many water rides. This water park has water jets for your kids to have the utmost fun. There is also a pirate-themed play area. There are two mind-blowing water slides that will provide you with an unforgettable adventure. You can also check out the 500-gallon (1900-liter) dumping bucket if you want some more thrill. Enjoy soaking in the water, go for a treasure hunt on the sand at Buccaneer Beach, and enjoy a delicious snack and meal options at the Captain’s Galley Café.

Pirate Cove Water Park

Address: 915 N 21st St, Council Bluffs, IA 51501, United States

Website: Pirate Cove Water Park

Opening hours: 11am - 7pm (daily)

7. Siouxnami Waterpark

RWP-Geyzers in The Lazy River
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Ramayana Water Park used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Photo is only for illustrative purposes

The all seasons center and Siouxnami Waterpark in Iowa is an indoor waterpark that has adventurous water slides, an aqua zipline and a lazy river for you to have a splash. There is also a climbing wall where you can test your climbing skills and endurance levels. You can also check out the water splash areas for adding more fun to the family day. There is also a seasonal ice-skating and hockey arena at the All Seasons Center. There are three water slides that people of all ages can ride. You can also check out the zero-depth entry kids pool in this waterpark.

Siouxnami Waterpark

Address: Sioux Center, IA 51250, United States

Website: Siouxnami Waterpark

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 12am - 8pm; Sat: 12pm - 5pm; Sun: 1pm - 5pm

A complete day of fun

E-Da Theme Park Monorail
Source: Photo by user SSR2000 used under CC BY-SA 3.0

The theme parks and amusement parks in Iowa ensure that you have a lot of activities for an entire day or more to try and have fun. These are the best places for creating unforgettable childhood memories for your children. The adventure and the rides these parks have ensure not just kids but your entire family has a joyous experience despite age differences. So, explore these beautiful theme parks and amusement parks in Iowa for a delightful family outing.

Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.

Get Trip101 in your inbox

Unsubscribe in one click. See our privacy policy for more information on how we use your data

Still Need Travel Insurance?

You can buy and claim online, even after you've left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.

*5% off when you book with our promo code: TRIP101

*For our Canadian and US travellers, unfortunately due to financial services laws, we cannot provide a discount. This promotional code cannot be used with any other discount offer, including World Nomads Members’ discount for travel insurance policy holders.

Sharadha is a happy 'paw'rent to beautiful GSDs - Max n Tuffey. At times, when she is not too busy pampering her furry kids, she is trying her best to stay fit, write and travel. She loves...Read more

Have a question? Ask fellow travellers and travel experts here.
 Want to contribute as a Local Expert?
Explore Iowa
Good things are meant to be shared!