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Valleyfair is the largest amusement park in Minnesota, with 125 acres of rides and attractions ranging from high-speed roller coasters to midway games and an IMAX theater. Valleyfair also has the Soak City Waterpark with a range of waterslides and pools, and Challenge Park, which features the RipCord SkyCoaster.
The amusement park's most famous ride is the Wild Thing roller coaster, which travels at 74 mph (120kph) with a drop of 196 feet (60 metres). There is also a Berenstein Bears children's play area and a variety of restaurants and food court areas. Open from spring to autumn, Valleyfair hosts ValleySCARE Halloween-themed attractions every October.
Address: 1 Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee
Telephone: (952) 445-7600
Opening times: Daily June-August, selected days in May, September and October with varying hours. Check the website for specific dates.
Admission: Valleyfair: $52 adults. $19.99 kids less than 48 inches tall; other concessions available. Discounted tickets available from the website.