From record-breaking roller coasters to classic arcade games, the best indoor amusement parks are fun for the whole family
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Planning a family vacation that everyone will enjoy can be difficult. If spending time in nature—like camping in the country’s best national parks—isn’t your thing, why not take the fun indoors? From coast to coast, America is home to some pretty spectacular fun-filled indoor theme parks that offer something for everyone.
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The best indoor amusement parks are huge playgrounds ready to be conquered all year round, whatever the weather forecast. Thrill-seekers will enjoy riding the roller coaster, while those more tired of such adrenaline-pumping activities can enjoy classic arcade games (think skeeball and air hockey) or black light mini golf. There are often rides and games for all ages, from toddlers to big kids (adults too!) Another plus: these family-friendly venues have on-site bars and restaurants for parents who need a break.
Everything is bigger in Bloomington, including America’s largest indoor theme park, the seven-acre Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America. The theme park just celebrated 15 years of family fun. Here you can enjoy 27 rides ranging from the kid-friendly Blue’s Skidoo to the big-kids-only Avatar Airbender. Make sure your camera has room for pictures – your kids will want to remember meeting their favorite cartoon characters, including Aang, Blue, Diego and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Turn your trip through Sin City into a family retreat at the Circus Circus Adventuredome. The five-acre indoor park has a distinct desert theme that’s full of fun. The little ones can have their turn on the carousel or the gentle Miner Mike train ride, while family members with a need for speed can go wild with the vertical drops on El Loco or Canyon Blaster: the world’s only indoor double circle, double – cork slide . Are you ready for a family reunion? Participate in friendly competition with a game of laser tag, mini golf or mini bowling.
Although iPlay America is a half-hour drive from the Jersey Shore, visitors can enjoy a beachy atmosphere year-round at this boardwalk-themed park. The 115,000-square-foot park offers plenty of activities for the whole family, such as a carousel, merry-go-round and whirling kites. Get behind the wheel of go-karts or bumper cars, embark on an immersive experience in the 4D Theater or enjoy classic games like whack-a-mole, balloon darts and skeeball. On Saturdays, stay for dinner and also enjoy free live music.
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Located in the family funhouse that is Wisconsin Dells, the water park capital of the world, this indoor park is an added bonus to the already active Kalahari Water Park and Resort. At 220,000 square feet, the water park is full of thrills, including a six-story Ferris wheel, ropes course, climbing wall, go-karts and even laser tag. There is also a sports bar on the premises where parents can relax while the kids rack up points in the arcade. Stay at the resort for a discount on admission.
Another worthwhile stop in Wisconsin Dells, Mt. Olympus is a paradise for the youngest. There are lots of rides for the little ones, including mini hot air balloons, biplanes, teacups and a buggy. The alien ball is a must, along with more classic options like climbing walls, bumper cars and an arcade game that includes mini bowling. Only open during the cooler months, entry is free if you stay at the resort.
While most visitors to Spooky Nook, the nation’s largest indoor sports center, are certainly interested in taking advantage of the vast array of pitches and courts, know that there is plenty of other sporting fun to be had. So in addition to the 700,000-square-foot indoor facility, there is an outdoor field hockey rink and a climate-controlled dome used for field hockey, soccer, football and more. The massive pay-per-use arcade game alone is enough to keep guests busy for hours with over 60 games, including classic carnival games with prizes.
Fly high in Dayton (where the world’s first airplane factory was built) at Scene 75, an indoor entertainment center. Enjoy the many twists and turns on the Tsunami Roller Coaster or head to the drop tower and feel your heart pounding in your stomach. Looking for a more grounded experience? Try out the mini golf course and hit under the black lights or play a game of laser tag. The hotel also has three bars with a full menu for parents who need a little time.
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When in Texas, go big or go home. Funplex boasts more than 200 activities and attractions for children of all ages. Tiny tics will love the ladybug and airplane themed rides, and they’ll also run wild in the Playport, the park’s two-story indoor playground. Older children and teenagers will be enthralled by the roller coaster and VR car simulators, while the inflatable laser maze is also popular in the park.
Beat the heat with a dizzying array of attractions at Great Wolf Lodge. The little ones can splash around at Fort Mackenzie, an interactive water tree house, or slide down the length of Whooping Hollow for a bit of fun. Bigger kids and adults alike can brave the Hydro Plunge, a water slide that takes you down a thrilling 52-foot drop onto a raft. The area also features a ropes course, mini bowling alley and arcade, as well as interactive mining experiences and live games. In addition to the Poconos location, GreatWolf Lodge also has a number of other locations.
If your idea of fun is to make your heart jump into your throat, then of course Vegas is the place to be. The tower is the location of many unique, adrenaline-pumping rides – of course not
“indoors” but still worth mentioning as well as some of the best views of Sin City. At the Stratosphere Casino’s 108th floor landing, willing participants are strapped into a harness and attached to a cable connected to a ‘descender’. After the jump, moments before they reach the ground, the machine slows the fall for a safe landing.
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© 2023 Time Out England Limited and associated companies owned by Time Out Group Plc. All rights reserved. Time Out is a registered trademark of Time Out Digital Limited. Last weekend I visited Nickelodeon Universe at The Mall of America for the first time! Here are some photos from my first trip to the park.
Nickelodeon Universe is an indoor theme park at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, consisting of attractions based on Nickelodeon’s popular franchises.
The Mall of America has so much to offer with over 500 stores in the mall itself, but it’s crazy to think that a mall can be big enough to hold an entire theme park with multiple major attractions!
The largest and most thrilling slide in the park is the Spongebob Squarepants Rock Bottom Plunge. Gerstlauer Euro-Fighter base that is 74.5 feet tall. It also has a super vertical drop and 2 inversions.
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Since the coaster is indoors, it’s quite a thrill to approach the top of the vertical funicular based on how close you feel to the ceiling of the mall.
Right next to the Spongebob Squarepants Rock Bottom Plunge is the Pepsi Orange Streak. This train is a Zierer custom coaster that debuted at the park in August 1992 when the park was formerly known as Knott’s Camp Snoopy.
Fairly Odd Coaster, Gerstlaur’s rollercoaster for fairly odd parents. A coaster full of twists, falling spirals and fast tracks during a random spin.
The Pepsi Orange Streak is a fun ride and watch it weave through almost the entire layout of the theme park. The coaster even makes a detour through the Log Chute attraction, featuring Minnesota folk legends Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.
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The Log Chute closely resembles the Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, as the park was operated by Knott’s when the attraction was built.
Some of the other major attractions in the park include: Avatar Airbender, Backyardigans Swing-Along, Brain Surge, Dutchman’s Deck Adventure Course, Ghost Blasters, Shredder’s Mutant Masher and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock.
If you ever get a chance to visit The Mall of America, I can’t recommend Nickelodeon Universe enough! The park has a big impact as it is a smaller indoor park and there are many attractions for people of all ages. Thanks for following my journey into the Nickelodeon Universe!