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“A Fun, Old Fashioned Time!”

Arnolds Park Amusement Park
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Owner description: Historic Amusement Park and Museum. Celebrated over 125 years of operations.
Reviewed August 7, 2013

We recently spent a fun day at Arnolds Park Amusement Park. It really reminds you of days gone by. The park has a lot of history and is full of old fashioned fun. The roller coaster is one of the oldest in the country. The water ride is a lot of fun also. There are games and rides for any ages. The location of the park is also great. It is on the shore of Lake Okoboji and has a nice view of the water. There are also restaurants and shops located within walking distance of the park. You can certainly make a day of it at Arnolds Park.

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This amusement park is on the shore of Lake West Okoboji and is over 100 years old. It is a charming place to visit, primarily for parents and grandparents accompanying children 5 - 12 years of age. It has both a kiddie roller coaster and an old reconditioned wooden roller coaster for older persons. There are numerous rides and shops on site and an excursion boat that cruises West Okoboji Lake, a blue water lake. The surrounding area has many attractions for young and old alike. Since we are local residents, we take our grandchildren there whenever they visit and they always look forward to it.

1  Thank joan2000
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you get a chance and are in Northwest Iowa, head to Lake Okoboji for a day at Arnolds' Park. The Amusement Park boasts one of the oldest wooden rollercoasters in the country, and offers reasonably priced family fun for all ages. Lining the Park to the North are quaint shops featuring a variety of opportunities to take home a souvenier, some Okoboji-clothing, etc. Just up the street, the Emporium offers more local shopping experiences in a historic building. To the West, a beautiful view of West Lake Okoboji awaits. There is a small public beach for swimming, and public docks for boats should you come via the water. Stop by the Nutty Bar stand to round out your visit, after you have rode the rides all day. My teens loved the Go Karts and Pirate's Cove Mini-Golf next to the Park. During the summer months, every weekend, there is a free concert (typically free) located in the Park's Green Space. Great bands from around the country come to play the Lakes, known for its rock and roll. Fantastic family fun, reasonably priced makes the Park a great place to visit.

1  Thank Stephanie B
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

My husband's family has gone there since he was a child and now we all bring our children. This place is small but has so much charm from the past. Teenagers will tire of the place before the small children.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

My family brought my siblings, cousins, and myself to Arnold's Park every summer when we were kids. Now all the nieces & nephews of all ages are building their own happy memories here. A few things have changed in recent years with the addition of mini golf and the go kart track, but it retains the charm of days gone by. What a great place to take a family; there are rides and things to do for everyone. Tame rides for the little ones & a rocking wooden roller coaster for the braver set! On a steamy summer day the log ride is awesome. We follow up an afternoon or evening full of roller coaster rides with a classic Nutty Bar by the shore. Grab a piece of Okoboji nostalgia. :)

Thank GNessa
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