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Adventureland Park is divided up in to several areas. Some of them have a distinct theme and are clearly defined. For the rest, we are just estimating where we think they are and what they contain based on internet research and discussion.

County Fair archway in 1997.

Currently, the only clearly marked areas are Dragon Island and Outlaw Gulch. Both of these have archway signs leading to them.

Until 1998 there was second Dragon Island archway at the bridge. Until 2015 (?), there was a double-sided archway between County Fair and Iowa Farm that marked those areas. Old park maps from the 1970s used to label most of these sections, but the modern maps do not. In some cases, we are using names from old maps that may or may not be the current official names of the sections.

Each section of the park has an Iowa connection: River City represents an Iowa town on the Mississippi, with the nearby Lady Luck ride inspired by the riverboat casinos. Iowa Farm represents a typical Iowa farm. The buildings on Main Street were modeled after various buildings across Iowa. Rathskeller was named after the founder of Rath Packing (who was German). The former Riverview section was based on the historical Des Moines amusement park. County Fair was a typical Iowa carnival/fair. Last Frontier represented the early days of Iowa.


  1. Entrance - front gate
  2. Parking Lot
  3. Season Pass Building
  4. Ticket Booths


  1. Bavaria aka Alpine Village - the German-themed area that includes the Rathskeller, Bier Garten and Alpine games area.
  2. Boulevard - from the Giant Sky Wheel to River City.
  3. County Fair - the carnival games area and The Tornado.
  4. Dragon Island - the area across the bridge that contains games and The Dragon.
  5. Iowa Farm - Petunia Pig and surrounding barn area.
  6. Last Frontier - per old park maps, from Golden Nugget Shooting Gallery then around Sheriff Sam's Saloon to Cookies and Cream.
  7. Main Street - entrance area.
  8. Outlaw Gulch - beyond Dragon Island where The Outlaw is.
  9. River City - waterfront area of food shops and seating areas.
  10. Space Shot Midway - center area of the park around the Space Shot.

Extinct Areas

A few areas have been replaced over the years:

  1. Alpine Village - replaced by Bavaria (just renamed?)
  2. Riverview - replaced by Dragon Island