|Address:||37 Lake St, Arnolds Park, IA 51331, USA|
Honestly save your money, and find a different place to go. Went go karting with the family and the carts are rough riding, terrible track, and the staff is downright rude. my 12 yearold son was riding in the go kart and the pit has what looks to be a giant red light that youd assume would go on when it is time to head into the pit. Well no it apparently does not come on or atleast was not on when my son was riding . and my son was the first one there and accidentally went 1!!!! extra lap because anyone would believe that if you see a big stoplight setup it would turn on to indicate to head in. After my son pulled in and parked his go kart one of the staff members proceeded to tell him in a very rude way. that if he is to do that again he was to be kicked out of the track. overall very disappointed in how the staff acted.
Very fun place to spend a day or two. Several shops and a couple museums to walk though, and also many tasty dessert options! The Nutty Bar stand is a must! The nutty bars themselves are good, but if you really want to treat yourself go for a cone - they sure know how to serve them up! Best ice cream cone Ive ever had, and I have tried many. The amusement park is fun and decently priced. We also took a ride on the Queen II and enjoyed it regardless of the chilly weather.
Overpriced for younger kids who can only go on certain small rides & although his pass would let a 3 year old on the log ride, my chaperone pass was not accepted. It was 90° and we waited for 30 minutes to be turned away. I was not about to let him ride that ride without me or at least another adult. I dont understand why they dont have a sign before the ramp with the rules about the ride and the ruler is also at the top and not at the entrance of the ride.
They have done a great job cleaning up and updating the park! We were a little sad to see the parking lot on the lake side closed. There are some really great people working there, but they have an unusually high percentage of unfriendly people working as well. It is a bargain for the price of an all day wristband! Food is not great, better of going outside the park for food or packing a cooler and tailgate in the parking lot.
No clear explanation of how park bucks are used. We were told when buying a chaperone wrist band we could add park bucks to use on rides. However, the ride staff seemed not to know about this and would not allow riding of other rides. We explained to management and our request for a refund was rudely denied. Due to the lack of explanation, training, and care I do not recommend Arnolds Park.
This needs some severe upgrades! They rely on their history with the older generations, and they have done nothing to upgrade their Park. This could have lots of potential, but with the "keep the old attitude" it doesnt. I grew up in the area, and this definitley caters to the rich and wealthy that want to live like they are middle class in vacation.
This place sucked big time! Very pricey for what you get! Ive been to carnivals that were better. My youngest daughter could barely go on anything because she was "too small". Some of the rides were terrible. The go carts were a joke. This whole experience, except for the log ride and the ferris wheel, was terrible. SAVE YOUR MONEY!
I was hesitant to go here, after all the bad reviews, but its not so bad. Its a small park, not six flags, is what most people need to understand. We bought the day passes, and got us into everything, except for the gocarts, and carnival type games, are extra. It seems nice. Maybe a bit pricey. But my 12 and 13 year olds loved it.
I am here 3 years later... not shut down. It is pricey, it does only have a few rides, but your on vacation, its on the lake, and the experiences you have are worth the money. It is what you make out of your trip that makes it worth it.
...save your money & go to an organized park like Adventureland or Worlds Of Fun. Arnolds Park is a waste of time. Any time you have to have another pass to ride the go carts, that is a total joke. Hate this place.
As a traveler visiting the city, it was fun to walk around the nice stores and check out the amusement park. I wouldnt necessarily say you need to plan for a lot of time to spend here, but it was still a nice stop!
Small amusement park that is exactly the same now as it was 20 years ago! So fun, but retro in feel. Free to walk around if you dont ride the rides, classic park food, and reasonable rate to ride unlimited rides!
It is costly - for an experience that seems to get steadily worse and older. One of the machines broke down randomly during a ride, and nothing seems too great. The race track seems good, but thats about it.
Not bad for an older park but way overpriced for what they have available. $30 for rides + $20 for go-carts + $9 for putt putt (one game only). Thats a total of nearly $60 for one person.
This place would have been wonderful in its day - but it is unfortunately in a slow spiral down. If you do find yourself here - check out the go-carts. Specifically the drifting track.
Great place to spend the day with the kids, our 4 & 2 year old love riding some of the same rides my father and I did growing up. After a long day at the park stop by for a Bobs dog!
Mostly a nostalgic visit for those who grew in up in the area during the 50s 60s & 70s. The lake area is still fun, but the park is not much anymore. Mostly rides for small children.
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Go to Pirates Cove and skip the park. The Park is really run down and the staff is very unfriendly. I would put my money on this place being shut down within 3 years.
Awesome small amusement park. If youre spending any time at Lake Okoboji I recommend taking the little ones here for a partial day of great family fun.
It is good for 4-6 hours of activity. A good mix of rides for smaller children and older ones. Go-karts are fun, but extra as is the mini golf.
I loved this place because It was just a good place to have fun if your stuck in a hotel room or the lake conditions are bad for water sports
Throwback type park, nice to be able to just visit/walk through. Variety of shops, activities and food. Nice job appealing to lots of folks.
This is a great place for family fun. The roller coaster is an old fashion wooden one and is a good thrill for those tall enough to ride.
Some rides are a bit outdated, and the focus is more on children rather than adults. But a day pass is worthwhile if you have the time.
Not bad for its size. It doesnt compare to larger amusement parks but its still a fun place to visit in the great town of Okoboji.