With summer just around the corner, it’s time you start making plans for keeping the kids (and yourself) entertained. After all, summer and fun go together, don’t they?
It’s time to travel and see the country, go camping, and visit the best amusement parks (both far and wide). But summer fun time is not just about being outdoors. A lot of fun can be had indoors too.
Especially if you visit some indoor amusement parks.
Yes, amusement parks that are in an enclosed environment, thereby making it possible for them to be open all year round. Don’t be fooled by the word “indoor” when it comes to talking about an indoor amusement park. Being indoors may sound boring (especially in summer), but indoor amusement parks are really worth visiting if you are looking for a great way to spend the day with your family.
But the best part about indoor theme parks is that they run all year round – including in winter. That means no matter how frosty Jack Frost may make the coming winter, you can still have summertime fun – in winter.
5 of the Best Indoor Amusement Parks You Definitely Have to Visit
If you don’t believe me when I say there’s fun to be had indoors, let me show you a few indoor amusement parks you definitely have to put on your bucket list. And no, they are not soft rides either, even hardened adrenaline junkies like you will find a fix in one of these indoor wonderlands.
Let’s get to the rides, shall we?
1. Circus Circus Adventuredom (Nevada)
If you are in the state of Nevada (or don’t mind taking a trip there), you’ll definitely enjoy this indoor amusement park in one of the entertainment capitals of the world.
Circus Circus Adventuredom is a massive 5-acre indoor theme park that has 2 unique roller coasters, rock climbing, bungee jumping (see, I told you it’s possible to get an adrenaline fix indoors).
If you have kids in tow, don’t worry about them being bored as Adventuredom has many other family-friendly activities like themed laser tag games, an arcade, and other junior rides.
2. Safari Land (Illinois)
If you think Nevada is the only place with great indoor entertainment, you’re dead wrong my friend.
Another great place you can take the family for a great weekend of fun is Safari Land in Illinois. Apart from bumper cars, a great safari themed arcade, and a whole lot of other fun activities to be had, Safari Land boasts of the largest indoor roller coaster in the state of Illinois.
With many rides, games, restaurants, and a great atmosphere, Safari Land is definitely the best indoor amusement park in Illinois.
If you are looking for an indoor jungle adventure, then turn your feet towards Villa Park, Illinois, and get ready for the safari of your life.
3. I Play America (New Jersey)
I Play America is the place to go if you are looking to have some amazing indoor thrills. This indoor amusement park has it all from exciting games to exhilarating rides.
And for that immersive experience, the 4D theatre and rides will transport you to other dimensions where you can ski with snowmen or get a dose of fear as you get chased by huge flesh-eating dinosaurs.
If you are a laser tag fan, then you will definitely enjoy the two-level, 6,500 square foot laser tag arena that will give you a cosmic rush as you battle your opponents in an 8-minute battle.
4. Nickelodeon Universe (Bloomington, Minnesota)
For those extra-large thrills, why not visit America’s largest indoor amusement park – Nickelodeon Universe. This is one of the indoor theme parks that should definitely be on your bucket list as it has some of the best rides in the world – for kids of all ages (yes, you too are included).
Situated on massive 7-acres of land in the Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe does exactly what Nickelodeon does best – bringing imaginary characters to life. With rides ranging from the kid’s Wonder Pet’s Fly Boat to adult=sized thrills in the form of the Avatar Airbender, this is one amusement park that needs you to block out a couple of days in your calendar in order to take in all the thrills it has to offer.
With 27 rides, a multitude of TV characters to meet, and many shops to visit, Nickelodeon Universe has something for everyone to enjoy.
And you thought there’s no fun to be had indoors.
5. I-X Indoor Amusement Park (Cleveland, Ohio)
If you need to stretch your legs (and lungs) after a cold winter season, then the I-X indoor amusement park is exactly what you need. This springtime “pop-up” indoor theme park has over a hundred rides and attractions that include Ferris wheels, merry-go-rounds, and the new Wild Cat roller coaster.
Trust me, it’s definitely a wild ride that will get your heart racing with its scream-inducing twists and turns.
Apart from the rides, there are myriad other shows, games, and activities that will keep everyone on their toes.
What sets this indoor amusement park apart from the others is the incorporation of a zoo as part of the entertainment. Terry’s Traveling Zoo will help you connect to nature in the otherwise technology dominated world of amusement parks.
Indoor Amusement Parks – Entertainment Redefined
Indoor entertainment has been redefined by the so many indoor amusement parks that are sweeping nations by storm. Gone are the days when indoor entertainment was solely reserved for bowling or video games.
Today, heart-stopping rides can be enjoyed indoors and throughout the year, meaning the weather has no more control over when and where you get your adrenaline fix.
And with the integration of virtual reality into rides and coasters, entertainment is slowly relocating into the great indoors.
So no matter the season, fun is just a door away.