Did you know that there’s only one permanent theme park in Michigan? Michigan’s Adventure is owned by Cedar Fair and located in Muskegon.
In my experience, Cedar Fair’s parks are very special. Michigan’s Adventure is no exception. Their safety record is superb, their overall efficiency makes for an enjoyable experience, and their ability to bring out your inner child is incredible. Below, find fourteen more reasons to venture out to Michigan’s best and only amusement park.
For Coaster Lovers
Thunderhawk is a must-ride coaster for adrenaline seekers. It is the first and only inverted looping roller coaster (where the train and seats hang down from the track) in Michigan. It’s the largest steel coaster in the park and has been making thrill-seekers happy since 2008.
2. Shivering Timbers
Along with Thunderhawk, Shivering Timbers is one ride you cannot miss if you love roller coasters as much as I do. With a maximum height of 125 feet and a reputation as the longest wooden coaster in Michigan, Cedar Fair calls it “the park’s signature attraction.” As a recent rider, I can certainly vouch for this.
3. Mad Mouse
A childhood favorite of mine, Mad Mouse is a good fit for anyone who can stomach being on a roller coaster. It’s a fast and exhilarating ride that never ceases to surprise you no matter how many times you’ve ridden it. It’s what you first see when you pull into the parking lot, and it’s what you should ride before anything else. Mad Mouse’s wait will likely be the longest of any of the rides, even on days where the park isn’t very busy.
‘Short and sweet’ is Michigan’s Adventure’s interpretation of a traditional Corkscrew ride. When it was built in 1979, it was the very first roller coaster at the park (which, at that point, was functioning under the name “Deer Park Funland”). In my opinion, this ride is so short that it’s not worth going on more than once. Knowing this, your ride on the Corkscrew should not be taken for granted. It’s rare that a ride from the 1970’s still functions as good as this one does.
For Families and Children
5. Zach’s Zoomer
I visited the park on a June Saturday when it was nearly empty, and my friend and I walked right onto Zach’s Zoomer. While it is technically a kid’s coaster, I found it to be rather fun. A ride on Zoomer is worth experiencing, no matter your age.
6. Wolverine Wildcat
The Wolverine Wildcat feels like a smaller version of Shivering Timbers. While it’s a pretty good wooden coaster, it’s kind of like Corkscrew. That is, if you make the trip out to Michigan’s Adventure, you may as well try it out.
7. Half Pint Paradise
Brand new this year at Wildwater Adventure (Michigan’s Adventure’s waterpark) is Half Pint Paradise. This new section of the park includes seven new slides and a redone “Splash Pad.”
8. The Funnel of Fear
One of the staples of Wildwater Adventure is the “Funnel of Fear.” I have fond memories of this ride when I used to go on it with my family as a child, and I’m sure your family and friends will too.
9. Grand Rapids
The name of this water ride is too perfect not to include on this list. On hot days, this “river rapids ride” will cool you off by getting you totally soaked. Trust me from experience, don’t go on this ride if you’re not in the mood to be wet for a few hours.
For Nostalgia Seekers
10/11. Carousel and Giant Gondola Wheel
Michigan’s Adventure also has some traditional amusement park rides: a carousel and a Ferris Wheel.
The best thing about these rides is that everyone in your party can enjoy themselves and feel like a kid again. The Ferris Wheel gives you a great view of the park, and the carousel provides the perfect hiatus from your busy day.
Yet another classic amusement park ride at Michigan’s Adventure is Thunderbolt, which is a traditional interpretation of a Matterhorn. It’s an easy ride to go on before eating lunch. Not only will there be short lines, but you probably won’t want to go on it after you eat.
Among one of the most famous amusement park rides around the world is the Tilt-a-Whirl, which was originally invented in 1926. The version at Michigan’s Adventure has been worn down a bit, but it’s a small ride that still packs in a lot of fun. I recommend putting all your party’s weight on one side in order to get full 360-degree turns.
14. Funland Farm
If you go to Michigan’s Adventure and don’t want to go on rides, Funland Farm is a special place where everyone feels safe and comfortable. This farm has a variety of petting animals, including donkeys, turkeys, bunnies, and more. While it costs two dollars to feed the animals, petting them is free.
Do you have any memories of going to Michigan’s Adventure as a kid? Let us know in the comments.