Ahh – Valleyfair is back!
Valleyfair was closed in 2020 due to COVID but it’s BACK this year!
We couldn’t wait to go and were so excited to go to Valleyfair on a weekend in June.
All my life I have had so many memories going to Valleyfair as a kid, teen and now a parent! Growing up in Duluth, it meant road trips to Valleyfair for and even overnight stays in the Twin Cities, and now it’s just an easy drive anytime we want!
We knew it would be a hot day so we packed some water bottles (yes, you can bring in one sealed water bottle – one per guest!), and were super excited to pull into the parking lot!
When we arrived we posed for some pictures and then headed to the left for some of our favorites including the Tilter!
My kids went on the Scrambler while I sat and enjoyed an iced coffee from Caribou Coffee, just around the corner.
We then went on the Antique Cars – a CLASSIC at Valleyfair that’s been around as long as I can remember.
It’s a leisurely drive on Route 76 and through Minnesota! Kids love it because they can drive – they go slow enough and up to 4 can fit in the vehicle.
Nearby is one of the two stations for the Valleyfair train – the Minnesota River Valley Railroad!
Did you know their trains are replicas of the famous 1800’s locomotive known as The General? And that The General was the subject of the Great Locomotive Chase of the American Civil War?
It’s a fun ride around the park and even through a tunnel!
Valleyfair has many places to dine and get a treat.
We ate at the Chicken Shack and Mama Chetta’s Pizzeria, which are next to each other. We shared chicken strips and pizza.
Here’s a glimpse at pricing – though you can save on dining with their dining upgrades when you buy/reserve passes!
Now one thing that wows me every time we go to Valleyfair is how successful my kids are at winning games – and AWESOME prizes!
Yes, you can really win prizes here! They have all kinds of carnival games – but our favorites are the Guessing Game and the Prize Wheel, which are near Planet Snoopy, which has tons of fun rides for little ones.
In less than 10 minutes, my kids won FOUR stuffed animals at those two games alone!
It cost me $5 per try (so $20 total) but hey, it was probably the most fun $20 spent here!
Planet Snoopy has 16 rides for kids and families!
One of the rides is the Cosmic Coaster which has great views from up high! Check out all the rides you can see from here!
So we were SO hot when we went – it was such a hot day, so we decided to cool off at The Wave!
This ride is unbelievable – it’s a water flume ride and you DEFINITELY get wet! It feels wonderful though on a steamy hot day in the summertime!
Watch my video!
Check out some highlights from our visit in this video!
Get DISCOUNTED TICKETS!
Gate admission is regularly $55.84.
But you can get tickets for $35 & up on my site! (You can purchase tickets for Valleyfair AND Soak City, their waterpark.)
After you purchase your tickets from my link, you’ll need to make a reservation for when you go.
You can do that on the Valleyfair reservations page.
Just click on “Single Day Ticketholders” for either Valleyfair or Valleyfair & Soak City. Then follow the instructions and enter the 20-digit barcode from your ticket.
FREE Pre-K Passes
If you have preschoolers, do NOT buy their tickets – get them FREE!
The FREE Valleyfair Pre-K Pass for 2021 is now available! With this pass your 3 – 5 year-old can get in to Valleyfair and Soak City for unlimited FREE visits during the 2021 season.
The park features more than 75 rides, including eight roller coasters, and is home to Soak City, a seven-acre water park. Valleyfair is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly-traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. Cedar Fair owns and operates 13 properties, consisting of 11 amusement parks, four separately gated outdoor water parks, and resort accommodations totaling more than 2,300 rooms and more than 600 luxury RV sites. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com.
What’s coming this year!
New in 2021, Valleyfair will debut Grand Carnivale, a larger-than-life cultural celebration featuring a spectacle of color parade, mesmerizing live entertainment, and extraordinary cuisine from around the world. Grand Carnivale takes place July 24th – August 8th, 2021.
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