Valleyfair is officially old enough to have a mid-life crisis. The Shakopee amusement park opened for the 40th season on May 13.
When it opened for the first time on May 26, 1976, Valleyfair offered 20 rides and attractions spread on 26 acres for a $6 ticket. Its feature ride was the High Roller, a wooden roller coaster with more than 250,000 board feet of treated lumber still in use today. Valleyfair also included a merry-go-round, featuring 46 refurbished hand-carved carousel horses, which came from the Excelsior Amusement Park, its home for the previous 50 years.
Valleyfair is bringing back one of its original rides to celebrate 40 years in operation. The Flying Eagles ride will make its second debut when the park opens on Friday. The Flying Eagles planes glide 28 feet above the ground and allow each rider to uniquely control their flight experience.
Visit the greatest outdoor amusement park in the Twin Cities! Valleyfair features over 75 amazing rides and attractions, including eight exhilarating roller coasters that will drop you from great heights, make quick turns and even twist you upside down! There's also a variety of family and children's rides for those that need something less intense, including Planet Snoopy, which features over 17 Peanuts™ themed rides and attractions!
At Route 76, bring yourself back to amusement park Americana with Antique Autos, the Scrambler and Flying Eagles. Reach for the stars on North Star, a 230-foot-tall tower that will spin riders more than 20 stories above the ground. Valleyfair at Shakopee is turning things upside down with Delirious, a 70-foot looping thrill ride for its 2018 season. Delirious will coil riders upside-down on a seven-story, 360-degree freestanding structure with a high capacity, high-speed train. Completing ten revolutions in less than a minute, Delirious will leave you craving more hang time! In September to late October, brave the seven mazes, and variety of rides and attractions of Halloween Haunt at "ValleyScare." For the younger ones, Planet Spooky features spooky & mild activities on Saturdays including Cock-A-Doodle Zoo Petting Zoo, a corn maze called Scarecrow Hollow and much more. Start planning your thrilling adventure and remember Valleyfair is only a 10-minute drive from Eagan!