Theme Parks in Burlington, Iowa

by Sydelle John

Burlington, a small town with a population of around 25,000, was the first capital of Iowa and sits on the banks of the Mississippi River. FunCity is the only theme park located in the town. However, it offers a variety of entertainment attractions for visitors of all ages. It is part of the PZAZZ! entertainment complex, which also contains a casino, hotel, an inn and spa, restaurants and a convention and event center.

Huck's Harbor

This outdoor water park features pools, tunnels, slides and other water activities. It opens at 9 a.m. every day of the week through early September and closes at 9 p.m. on weekdays. On Fridays and Saturdays, it closes at 10 p.m. The entrance fee is $6 from Monday to Thursday and $10 on the weekends. Huck's Harbor offers special pricing on Thursdays, when guests can pay $3 to enter between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. On Tuesdays, one full price admission fee allows guests to buy a second for only $2.

King Pins

King Pins is a bowling alley with 24 lanes. The location includes couches, a dining section and a bar. It is equipped with automatic scoring equipment and animated replays. There is also a free video jukebox as well as state-of-the-art lighting and laser shows. The bowling alley has won several national awards. Shoe rental costs $3 or $2 for players aged 12 years old and younger. Senior citizens aged 50 or older pay $2.50 to play between Monday and Thursday, plus an additional shoe rental fee.

Arcadium

Arcadium is an indoor arcade with over 100 interactive games. These include Guitar Hero Arcade, Big Screen PGA Golf, Nascar arcade games and many others. With each game won, there is the chance for guests to redeem their winnings for prizes. The arcade is open daily from 9 a.m. until midnight. The cost to play ranges from 25 cents to $5 and depends on the game chosen.

Zoom

Zoom is an indoor race track with Formula One-style electric go-karts that can manage significant speeds. Some go-carts have seats for only one passenger while others are capable of carrying two. The latter option is best for younger children, who must be accompanied by an adult to enjoy the speedway. Zoom is open from 9 a.m. until midnight and each ride costs $5, regardless of age.

Lazertown

With 2,500 square feet of space, Lazertown allows up to 8 players to engage in a laser-fueled mock battle. Participants are given fiber optic vests and laser-equipped guns. The location is a maze with objects strategically provided to give cover during the game. Lazertown opens at 9 a.m. daily and closes at midnight. The cost to play is $5.

About the Author

Sydelle John is a lawyer who started writing professionally in 2007. She has written for the Guardian's Comment is Free and Pambazuka News, which focuses on pan-African issues. John has a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Vassar College.