jeudi 4 avril 2013

Summer Fun And More At Amusement Parks Nebraska

By Joane Bringle

When travelers think of Nebraska, they usually think of explorers, pioneers, Native Americans, the Great Plains, farms and ranches. Visitors and residents will be pleasantly surprised to discover amusement parks Nebraska offering family entertainment. Some are indoor centers open all year round.

The largest amusement park is in Omaha. Fun-Plex combines carnival rides, a water park, and an entertainment center. Fun-Plex features carnival rides, and they have the largest roller coaster in the state, the Big Ohhhhhh!!!. For water fun there's a wave pool, lazy river, and two 5-story slides. For family fun visit the arcade, play mini-golf, drive bumper boats, or race go-karts. Fun-Plex is a great place for birthday parties and company picnics. Kids between 7 and 13 can attend summer day camp at Fun-Plex.

Enjoy that 1950's favorite, roller skating, at Skatedaze Family Entertainment Center. But there's more. There's rock wall climbing, laser tag, and an arcade. For little ones there's a 2-story play structure and kiddie rides. There's a medium sized roller coaster the entire family will enjoy. Skatedaze hosts birthday parties and group events. They offer an overnight adventure for scout troops.

Omaha's Family Fun Center boasts a 2-level arena for laser tag and laser maze. An indoor paintball arena uses mess free paintless paintballs. Kids as young as 5 can enjoy Bazooka Ball, paintball jr. played with foam balls. There's also an arcade and a super hero themed golf course.

If you're near Lincoln, visit the Champion Fun Center for family friendly activities like miniature golf, batting cages, go-karts, bowling, water balloon competitions, and an arcade. Their signature ride is a 4-story Free Fall. A similar experience can be had at Papio Fun Park in Papillion, a year round center featuring go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag, batting cages, water wars, and an arcade.

There's water play amusement to be found in Nebraska. In Columbus, the theme of Discovery Island Water Playland is Christopher Columbus. Kids play on replicas of sailing ships, shoot and dodge water cannons, splash in Pirate's Cove. At Island Oasis Water Park in Grand Island, kids of all ages float down lazy river, ride the waves in the wave pool, and enjoy slides, the largest as tall as a 6-story building.

There's family entertainment to be found in this rural state. In addition to amusement parks Nebraska, counties and cities host their own summer fairs and festivals with carnival rides for family fun. The State Fair is in Grand Island. This years dates are August 23rd through September 2nd. Pumpkin patches offer Halloween fun. The largest is Vala's Pumpkin Patch with children's rides and haunted houses.

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