Hours: Summer hours 10 am – 10 pm
Prices: Regular Admission $30.00 until June 16 $36.99 starting June 16
Location: 1 Valley Fair Drive, Shakopee, Minnesota, 55379
Parking: $12 per vehicle
Complete pricing and information is available at the Valley Fair Website.
The park opens for the season on May 16, 2014
Valley Fair Overview
Visiting Valley Fair Amusement Park in Shakopee Minnesota is a great way to spend the day with the family. The park covers 90 acres and includes a water park with a wave pool. Admission to Valley Fair also gives access to Challenge Park, an area with some additional thrill rides for additional fees. Valley Fair has recently made some changes and improvements that will provide fun for the whole family. Here are some highlights of 3 different areas of the park.
Soak City Water Park
This addition to the park was built on 7 acres inside the park, near the IMAX theatre. This fun water park includes an enclosed area for kids less than 5 years of age. This fenced area includes a small version of the lazy river, a splash pool and a small water slide. It is perfect for toddlers and younger kids.
Soak City also has a lager lazy river ride for older kids and adults. For those looking for a bit more thrill there are three water slides: Panic Falls, Hurricane Falls and Raging Rapids.
A new addition in 2011 is the wave pool. This area is extremely popular and the waves in the pool get quite large, much larger than those at the Water Park of America. Inner Tubes are available for rent to ride in the wave pool, but they are not required. There are also cabanas available for rent. The water park is generally open until about 8:00, rather than the 10:00 that the park is open. Soak City is a wonderful place to take a break from the park and get refreshed on a hot afternoon. Swim suits are required and towels are not provided.
Challenge Park is an area inside of Valley Fair that is designed for those who are looking for even more thrills. There are three attractions in this area and they each require an additional fee. The attractions are:
- Go-Karts – Starts at $6.00 per person per session
- Ripcord – Starts at $24.95 per person
- Adventure Golf – starts at $6.00 per round
The Go Karts require drivers to be 54” tall. Riders must be 44” tall. The course is ¼ mile long with many turns to navigate
The Ripcord allows guests to experience a fall similar to skydiving from 180 feet in the air. Riders must be 48” to ride
Adventure Golf is 18 holes of miniature golf in a beautifully landscaped course. There is no height requirement for this activity.
These activities are all together next to the popular Steel Venom ride.
The younger guests may want to visit the new Planet Snoopy area. This area has Peanuts themed rides for kids who are under 54” tall and not yet ready for the larger thrill rides in the rest of the park. Planet Snoopy has such rides as Peanuts Road Rally and Sally’s Swing Set. Each ride has its own requirements for height listed at the entrance so check the sign if there are any questions.
There are many other rides and shows throughout the park. Each ride has any restrictions on age or height posted prominently at the entrance. The park can be a little confusing on where entrances to specific rides are located and there are few unexpected dead ends. Pick up a map at the entrance and use it to help navigate through the park.
Valley Fair Tips and Tricks
Here are 10 tips and tricks to save money and time when visiting Valley Fair Amusement Park
- Go early in the day: The park doesn’t fill up until after lunch time, even on busy days so arrive at opening time, 10:00 a.m,
- Hit the big rides first: Rides like Steel Venom are very close to the entrance and the lines will be much shorter early in the day.
- Bring a picnic lunch: The prices at the park for food vary widely by restaurant, but are still a lot more than you would pay at home. Bring a picnic lunch and take a break from the park.
- Plan on buying dinner: Dinner is still expensive, but it is easier to purchase one meal, rather than try to bring two
- Don’t bother using the drying machine outside of the The Wave. It uses heat, not air to ‘dry’ guest and it doesn’t really work. A shirt is required for this ride, even if you are wearing a bathing suit.
- Split into groups if there is a wide age range. Younger kids will enjoy Planet Snoopy while older kids can ride the thrill rides.
- Bring a swimming suit and TOWELS for Soak City. Towels are not provided. Take a break in the afternoon and relax next to the pool.
- Stop by the Family Care Center next to Lucy’s Rockin Tug for some quiet time. It is air conditioned, has a television and an area for nursing moms.
- Bring water bottles into the park, particularly on hot days. Food is not allowed, but a backpack with a couple of water bottles is okay. Refill the water bottles at the drinking fountains as needed.
- Have Fun!, Remember this is about having fun so keep everyone fed and rested as much as possible to avoid meltdowns from hunger.
These are just a few tips and tricks to help make your next trip to Valley Fair more fun.
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