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May 31, 2020 - Happy 45th Anniversary, Adventureland!

May 31, 1975 - Official grand opening. Congressman Neal Smith, Altoona Mayor Lloyd Sievers and Adventureland President John Krantz spoke at the opening ceremony. (But parts of the park opened in 1974.)

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Information on this site is unofficial. It is compiled by fans of Adventureland amusement park in Altoona, Iowa (near Des Moines). There may be inaccuracies and omissions. For official Adventureland information, visit the official website.

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Home / Rides - Rides

Below is a work-in-progress list of current rides. See the Extinct Rides page for a list of former rides no longer operating.

Links in red are pages that have not been created yet. The templates used for these pages are still evolving, so I am waiting to do the bulk of the pages once I have a better idea of what a ride page should contain. Currently, it will be a description of the ride, information box, trivia and external links. It may make sense to include more information for specific types of rides. For example, a roller coaster might include top speed, track length, number of inversions/loops, etc. while a kiddie ride might not. :)

Thrill Rides

  1. Falling Star
  2. Himalaya
  3. Monster
  4. Outlaw
  5. Phoenix
  6. Sidewinder
  7. Space Shot
  8. Splash Over
  9. Storm Chaser
  10. Tornado

Family Rides

  1. A-Train
  2. Balloon Race
  3. Der Flinger
  4. Frantic Freeway - aka Dodge 'em Cars
  5. G-Force
  6. Galleon
  7. Giant Sky Wheel - aka Giant Skywheel
  8. Lady Luck
  9. Lighthouse
  10. Raging River
  11. Saw Mill Splash - aka Sawmill Splash
  12. Scrambler - formerly Wrangler and Bavarian Scrambler (and not listed on the official website as of 8/1/2016 for some reason)
  13. Sky Ride
  14. Tea Cups
  15. Tilt-A-Whirl
  16. Town Square Carousel - aka Carrousel
  17. Underground

Kiddie Rides

  1. Convoy
  2. Chuck Wagon - aka Chuckwagon
  3. Frog Hopper
  4. Kiddie Kars - aka Hampton Cars and Kiddie Cars
  5. Infant Ocean
  6. Junior Jockeys - new for 2018
  7. Lady Bugs
  8. Puff the Dragon - aka Puff Dragons
  9. Red Baron - aka Red Barons
  10. Shakin' Bacon - new for 2018

Adventure Bay (water park)

Currently, we are focusing on the amusement park. Eventually, we will have the water park documented here as well.

  1. Bermuda Quadrangle (June 18, 2010)
  2. Breaker Beach Wavepool
  3. Caribbean Cruiser - aka Lazy River
  4. Gang Plank
  5. Heron Harbor
  6. Kokomo Kove
  7. Pirates' Plummet
  8. Pirates' Port Pool
  9. Reef Racer
  10. Shipwreck Shores
  11. Typhoon


  1. Molly the Trolley - park to campground to Inn bus

Opening Year Rides

From what we can tell, the only opening year rides still operating today are:

  1. Frantic Freeway (but with different bumper cars)
  2. Lady Luck

Extinct Rides

Be sure to also check out our list of Extinct Rides that once existed at Adventureland.