It’s summer! And that means that the theme parks in the Midwest once again open their gates for thrill seekers to get their adrenaline fixes! I think the Midwest gets a little overlooked when it comes to USA theme parks, with the masses flocking to the likes of Orlando or California (Disney, I’m looking at you…) but do you know what, the Midwest has some beasts for rollercoasters with the added benefit of reasonably priced tickets and line wait times being shorter! Win win! I teamed up with some fellow travel bloggers to share with you some of the best amusement parks in the Midwest!
If you’re looking for a fun, adventurous getaway in Iowa, the Waterloo and Cedar Falls area should be on your radar! Waterloo is predominantly known for its connection to John Deere, the iconic green and yellow tractors have been manufactured in Waterloo for 100 years! But did you know there are some great outdoor adventures to be had in the Cedar Falls and Waterloo area?!
Ironic hey, go to a mall to do no shopping?! But believe me, it’s possible to spend a whole day at the Mall of America in Bloomington Minnesota without even entering one of the 500+ stores (…actually that’s a lie, the parking lots enter the mall through shops…so maybe you’ll have to go into just one store…!). Especially on a rainy/dull/cold/blizzard day the Mall is a perfect attraction, everything is under one roof! Putting its size into perspective, because you know me, I can’t resist a British comparison, you can fit 441 Big Bens into the Mall of America! There’s even a theme park! Here are some of my favourite things to do at Mall of America and a look at some of my favourite Mall of America rides!
I honestly can’t believe that Tibidabo Amusement Park doesn’t appear on more Barcelona itineraries. Ok so you’re not a fan of amusement parks? Well what if I told you that the Tibidabo Skywalk is completely free to enter, offers panoramic views across the city of Barcelona (it is on the top of Mount Tibidabo after all!) and has fairground rides that are almost 100 years old? The Tibidabo Skywalk is where some of my all time favourite travel photos have been taken. It should definitely be visited during a trip to Barcelona!
When it comes to theme parks and ‘extreme sports’, I’m the equivalent of a plane spotter. Not only do I love a good kick of adrenaline, but I’m a sucker for the stats; height, speed, depth, inversions, g force etc etc but AGE isn’t normally something that comes up very often. In 2014 the 2nd oldest rollercoaster in the world, ‘Rutschebanen’, turned 100 years old!
I’m going to say it… I’m a HUGE Harry Potter nerd and like any other Harry Potter fan, there are 2 world-wide MUST visit attractions I just had to go to. So rather than between England and Iowa…this is more between London and Orlando! England, UK is home to the Warner Bros Studio Tour…and Florida, USA has The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, so let’s have a wizard dual between the two, which is better?!