Adventureland
Altoona, Iowa
September 6, 2008
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Adventureland, Altoona, Iowa

This year has been a tough one.  I haven't been able to make it to many parks due to high gas costs and other circumstances out of my control so to put it lightly by the time the end of summer came rolling around I was more than a bit stir crazy.  Skipping Iowa's other huge tourist attractions such as the Field of Dreams, American Gothic House and the "Future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk" I headed west to the closest amusement park to me besides Six Flags St. Louis which is Adventureland.  Which is just outside of Des Moines, Iowa.

I have been to Adventureland once before back in 2000, and while it is not a Mecca for coaster enthusiasts it is a nice friendly little park.  
  
The Tornado Roller Coaster at Adventureland, Altoona, Iowa

My first stop was in Adventureland's County Fair section and the Tornado.

The Tornado Roller Coaster at Adventureland, Altoona, Iowa

Is it me or does it look like the dog is saying "pull my finger"?  The sign is cute but it certainly leaves the height requirement open to interpretation since there is no clear mark for how tall one has to be.

The Tornado Roller Coaster at Adventureland, Altoona, Iowa


The Tornado is a nice old school out and back coaster that fits into perfectly into Adventureland.



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