LaMarcus Adna Thompson was awarded a patent regarding roller coasters made of wood in 1885 and this creation has brought joy to the young and old for over a century.
Today’s amusement parks are dotted with these high velocity attractions and are always competing for the next big coaster featuring huge drops, spiraling corkscrews, and harrowing speeds.
These destinations can be great locations for team outings, so take a look at a few great Midwest roller coasters to help get your blood pumping for your next great event.
The Legend is the 7th oldest operating wooden coaster in the US and is located at Arnold’s Park Amusement Park in Iowa near Lake Okoboji. The park also houses many great event venues including Helberg Theatre and The Roof Garden or if you are looking for a water experience, enjoy a brainstorming session upon the Queen II while cruising the lake. The Queen II if fully customizable with full-service bar, P.A. System, and banquet style seating for 110 attendees.
Steel Venom - Valleyfair, Shakopee, MN
Steel Venom launches riders at a top speed of 68 mph up a single twist tubular track reaching a height of 185 ft. Just one of Valleyfair’s many thrill rides, attendees will be screaming with delight. Valleyfair offers a variety of customized teambuilding experiences presented by Teambonders™, from The AppMazing Race™ to Tower Above The Rest™. There are also catered outing and corporate ticket programs to take advantage of for your next group gathering this summer.
Shivering Timbers - Michigan’s Adventure, Muskegon, MI
Shivering Timbers is the park’s signature attraction and has been voted one of the top 10 wooden roller coasters in the world by Amusement Today. Towering 125 ft. with a 122-foot first drop, attendees will get an abundance of airtime. Michigan’s Adventure also provides Teambonder™ teambuilding experiences and catering picnic style meal options for your group. If roller coasters aren’t your desire, enjoy the waterpark onsite with Surf Side Cabana rentals available.
The Goliath - Six Flags Great America, Gurnee, IL
The Goliath holds three world records: fastest wooden roller coaster, tallest drop of a wooden roller coaster, and steepest drop of a wooden roller coaster. It is the most extreme coaster of its kind. Six Flags provides teambuidling experiences and multiple venues to accommodate groups of any size. For groups of 100 or more you can be treated to VIP services with an all-you-can-eat buffet in a private pavilion and an array of experience add-ons to make your event unique or if you have an extremely large group Six Flags has buyout options for the entire park.
Patriot - Worlds of Fun, Kansas City, MO
Patriot hurls approximately 1,160 riders through seven gravity-defying elements per hour. This coaster has riders hanging beneath the track for a thrill that will have their toes tingling. Group outings are great for employee benefits and incentives and many parks, including Worlds of Fun, offer consignment programming that allow your members to purchase tickets at their convenience and at a special rate.
If you are looking for roller coaster action hidden away from the elements, look no further than Nickelodeon Universe® at Mall of America® in Bloomington, MN. This one-of-a-kind, seven acre theme park is fun for all ages providing Nick characters, thrill rides, and unique shopping all in one climate-controlled location. The park is available for buyouts for up to three hours after regular park closing or get a great group rate on park tickets for after your main event. Mall of America also houses the Parkview Meeting + Event Center overlooking Nickelodeon Universe which is a perfect place for conducting meetings, conferences, receptions, and parties.