Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Arnold's Park IS Amusement!

Arnold's Park Iowa was a favorite place for me growing up. The park is now 127 years old and still one of the most popular attractions in Northwest Iowa and Southern Minnesota. the famous Roof Garden is home to many summer time concerts and shows. The park hosts rides and amusement games as well.

From the roller coaster to the fun house with its tilted floors and magic mirrors, it was a great place to go with friends when you were a teen. the roller coaster was built in 1927 and is the 13th oldest in the US. It is like Coney Island in the middle of corn country! Something for everyone seemed to be the theme of this park, young children and adults alike enjoyed a day at the park.

The miniature golf course was always a hit and you can see why from the photos.

Once I was grown my favorite was a trip on the Queen II. lake Okoboji is amazingly deep in spots and the entire Great Lakes area that includes Big Spirit Lake is a tourism mecca. the QueenII cruise around the lake is a refreshing trip and the view of all of the lake properties something you won't want to miss.

Built by Palmer Johnson and launched in 1986, the Queen II looks and feels like the steamboats of yesteryear. Tours last one hour and fifteen minutes, and include narration on various historical landmarks around the Iowa Great Lakes. A full bar and snacks are available on board.

You can find out more at where tickets are available online! This is an affordable family vacation spot so keep it in mind for your next summer vacation.

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