Amusement parks in Wisconsin are a great way to spend a vacation, particularly in the summer months. Although Wisconsin Dells is known for its water parks, the area also offers several amusement parks as well. Additional parks can be found in other areas of the state, each of which offers its own set of exciting thrill rides, kiddie areas and fun family activities. As part of a Huffington Post Travel series on family-fun parks, here is our guide to all the key information visitors need to know about Wisconsin amusement parks.
Mt. Olympus Theme Park
Mt. Olympus Theme Park is one of the largest attractions in Wisconsin Dells. According to the park website, Mt. Olympus, which boasts a Greek mythology theme, covers 156 acres and features exciting roller coasters, bumper cars, an arcade and more. This park is unique in that it contains both indoor and outdoor attractions, making it one of the top-notch amusement parks in Wisconsin.
Underground ThrillsThe Hades is the signature ride at Mt. Olympus and features the world's longest underground tunnel, according to the Hades web page. Riders reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour while traveling through the roller coaster's aboveground and underground portions, which are packed with tight turns and steep drops.
Godly CoastersIn addition to the Hades, Mt. Olympus Theme Park features several other thrilling coasters, like the Zeus, the Cyclops and the Pegasus. Visitors will find additional activities indoors, like bumper cars, go-karts, a spring ride and a tea cups ride. For the younger children, the kiddie coaster, train and swing rides are sure to keep them entertained.
Mythos GrillIn addition to several snack stops throughout the park, Mt. Olympus' Mythos Grill offers several great meal options for visitors, including Wisconsin-style brats, pizza, deep fried chicken, hamburgers and more. Adults can also enjoy refreshments from the full bar at this restaurant.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Mt. Olympus Theme Park.
Address: 1881 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Hours: June through August, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: $39.99 per person.
Bay Beach Amusement Park
Bay Beach Amusement Park, located in the city of Green Bay, offers a wide variety of fun and exciting activities for visitors. The park has a long history in the area, says the official website, with rides and attractions first offered there in the early 20th century. Today, the Bay Beach Amusement Park boasts a Ferris wheel, swing ride, roller coaster and other great activities.
The Giant SlideThe Giant Slide is the most popular ride at Bay Beach Amusement Park. Up to nine people can ride the slide at once using burlap sacks. It extends a full 100 feet and is open to any park visitor at least 48 inches tall.
Classic RidesIn addition to the Giant Slide, Bay Beach Amusement Park features several other attractions, including the Zippin Pippin roller coaster, as well as a Ferris wheel, boats and bumper cars for the non-coaster inclined. Kids can even get their own special rides like the Granny Bugs, Helicopters and Jeeps.
Dining OptionsThere are three great food options at Bay Beach Amusement Park. The main pavilion offers traditional park options like hamburgers, hot dogs, brats and French fries. Meanwhile, the concession stand has sno-cones, ice cream novelties, hot nachos and popcorn. Additionally, several mobile snack carts with soft pretzels, ice cream and more can be found throughout the park.
Safety RecordOur research revealed no notable news reports of accidents or safety issues at Bay Beach Amusement Park.
Address: 1313 Bay Beach Road, Green Bay, WI 54302
Hours: June through August, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Price: Admission to the park is free. Visitors pay 25 cents for ride tickets, with most rides costing either one or two tickets each.
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