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By: Ethan Cote
If you want to take your kids on a fun trip, you’re on the right page: this is our list of the best amusement parks in Edmonton!
Today’s guide will help you make a decision on which theme park you should visit next. We checked out the top parks, their best attractions, their downsides, and more.
But before anything, let’s talk about the typical costs involved on your visit.
How Much Will You Spend at an Amusement Park?
One important thing you have to know about amusement parks is that they don’t typically offer all-inclusive tickets. But the general admission rate should be enough to cover the majority of the rides in the park.
If you wish to go on more rides, you might need to pay extra. The same goes for renting a cabana or a locker.
And of course, you also have to consider your meals during your visit. Not all amusement parks allow visitors to bring in outside food and beverages so this is something you may need to spend on.
Here is a quick estimate of the prices of general admission tickets for the best amusement parks in Edmonton. The actual prices may vary from this list, of course, as price changes do happen.
|Galaxyland||$39 to $54|
|Fort Edmonton Park||$20.90 to $26.20|
|World Waterpark||$49 to $54|
|Monster Mini Golf||$11 to $13.95|
The Best Amusement Parks in Edmonton
There are a few amusement parks available throughout Edmonton. For this list, we focused on the ones that are not only most popular and highly recommended but that offer the best entertainment, in our experience.
|PRODUCTS||35th Aero Squadron, Balloon Race, Carousel, Cosmic Bounce, Dragon Wagon, Fun House, Galaxy Express, Galaxy Kids Playpark, MotoJump, Solar Spinner, Galactic Rodeo, Autosled, Cosmic Spinner, Flying Galleon, Galaxy Quest 7D Theatre, Laser Vault, Quirks in the Works, Ropes Quest, Swing of the Century, Time Freak, Cosmo’s Space Derby, Galaxy Orbiter, Haunted Castle, Mindbender, Space Shot, Trouble Twist, Havoc, Arcade Games, Wall Games, Redemption Prize Centre, Rock ‘N Wall|
|ADDRESS||2784-8882 170 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5T 4J2|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 444-5300|
|OPERATING HOURS||Mondays to Saturdays: 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM |
Sundays: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Galaxyland, formerly called Fantasyland, is a large indoor amusement park that can be found in the West Edmonton Mall. The theme park is home to the Mindbender, which is known as the tallest and longest indoor roller coaster in the world.
And if that’s still not enough to get you interested, the theme park has more than 24 rides suitable for everyone. Most rides are beginner-friendly, particularly the Galaxy Quest 7D Theatre, Laser Vault, Carousel, and Fun House.
But if you would like a ride with more thrill and adrenaline-pumping, you can choose from the 12 immediate and 5 advanced rides.
The Mindbender roller coaster will definitely test if you are brave enough. You can also try out the Haunted Castle to see if you’re not afraid of ghosts.
In addition to these rides, Galaxyland has a classic arcade. Games here come at an additional cost and are not covered by the general admission fee, however.
One perk that Galaxyland offers for parents is Toddler Time, which allows toddlers to enjoy the park too. You can bring your child to the park and get free admission if he is below 2 years old.
We particularly love that Galaxyland has a selection of kiddie rides that are safe and just as fun for the little ones.
We also love that Galaxyland accepts outside food and beverages in the park. This is definitely something that not all theme parks permit, so we appreciated it!
We gathered some reviews we could find about Galaxyland to help you get a sense of what it’s like from mouths other than ours:
“I enjoyed it but it was soon busy and a little on the pricey side. Would for sure have been worth it if the lines were shorter. Had fun with my kids, my wife and I thought though or else it would have got 4 stars..” – Lucas Sime
“Our 3 year old had a great time. The ladies at the ticket booth were helpful, friendly, took time to listen to what we wanted and helped us figure things out. Some of the playground equipment was closed and)or blocked off in some spots; this made it tricky for our kid to figure out the maze of tunnels. The rides were fun. The prices are a but high especially if there are several rides closed.” – Bradley van Middelkoop
“Lots of fun for children, however, 5 rides were closed and the line ups for the big rides that were open, were long. Fairly expensive for a day experience with the family. Comming from New Brunswick, it was still a fun experience. The fact that it’s in the mall is super cool too.
Would recommend staying at the inn as I believe they offer stay and play bundles. In the park itself they offer no family rates. (Or was not known at the time).
Not really covid friendly though, I must mention. Bring your own sanitizer and wear masks as there’s not much for social distancing, if you worry about that kinda thing. Stay safe and sanitized , enjoy!” – Miss Madison Haley
“Galaxy Land is always fun. My last visit, the wait for rides was pretty short. A few of the classic rides were closed, but can’t hold that against them. Old favourites like the Flying Galleon,Swing of the Century and Quirks in the Works are great for everyone. No matter what kind of ride you like, you will find something at Galaxy Land.” – Wesley Angus
“Extremely expensive for the little children. Wished there was a larger discounted rate for under 6 since they wouldn’t be able to do more than a handful of rides. They did enjoy what rides they could do though.” – Bertha Ethier
2. Fort Edmonton Park
|PRODUCTS||Indigenous Peoples Experience, 1846 Fort, 1885 Street, 1905 Street, 1920 Street, Midway & Exhibition, Capitol Theatre, Train & Sidecar, Wagon & Pony Rides|
|ADDRESS||7000 143 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 4P3|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 423-4069 |
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Wednesdays to Sundays: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM|
Fort Edmonton Park is another theme park that you can visit with your kids. This park covers 158 acres of land and originally started as a Canada Centennial reconstruction project in 1967.
But unlike other theme parks, Fort Edmonton Park actually offers cultural tourism. We love that and the fact that it offers an immersive experience in our history.
Each attraction in the park will feel like you are stepping back in time with every character you meet along the way. You can also get a feel of what entertainment was back in 1929 at Edmonton’s original Capitol Theatre.
You should also not miss out on riding the train or the streetcar, which is always a favorite among the young and old visitors. And let’s not forget the wagon rides and pony rides that are also available in the park!
This is definitely a theme park built for history buffs. But we also love the fact that you can bring your children to teach them history at a young age… and let them see some donkeys, pigs, goats, and other farm animals while they’re at it.
While the park has a variety of good food to choose from, they allow visitors to bring their own food. Picnic tables are available throughout the park so you can enjoy a snack with your companions.
This is what people had to say about Fort Edmonton Park:
“Recent renovations will make this a great place to visit. It’s currently closed due to COVID but will open later in the summer. The midway is inside Fort Edmonton park so it can only be enjoyed while in the park.” – Kirk Dewhurst
“I love fort Edmonton but it gets boring after while
Thru the years
. I think people would have more fun if they expanded there 1920 modest Rides !” – Shannon Martinek
“Character acting and costumes give an extra touch of authentic feel. Fun midway rides, fair games and carnival tricks all in one place.” – Northern Tiger
3. Fun Park Amusement Center
|PRODUCTS||Unlimited Jump, Dunk Zone, Dodge Ball Zone, Battling Cages|
|ADDRESS||13535 156 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5V 1R9|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 482-5867|
Fun Park Amusement Center used to be Jump 360, so some of you might recognize it by that name. Since the change of name, though, we’re told they’ve only improved their services and facilities.
Speaking of facilities, this amusement center mainly offers an indoor trampoline park with a few sections available for those who love sport and action. There is the Dunk Zone, Dodge Ball Zone, and the Unlimited Jump.
We like that they have a designated area for children below 6 years old. Apart from the trampoline park, Fun Park also has batting cages for everyone to use.
Compared to the other amusement parks in Edmonton, Fun Park is relatively new. But this doesn’t mean they aren’t able to give you an enjoyable time.
What’s more, you can see in their success just how much locals like them. In fact, they are slowly expanding and aiming for a total of 6 locations throughout Canada.
One thing we especially liked about this park is that they do not require admission fees for spectators. But then again, you have to buy their special trampoline socks if you would like to enter the park, so that pretty much cancels out the savings from the previous policy.
That said, it’s still a pretty cool park to go to if your kids are active ones. We’ve heard a lot of great things from others (and some members of staff) who’ve visited it, so we’d still say it’s worthwhile.
So what do people think of Fun Park Amusement Center? Well, read these to find out:
“This used to be the old Jump 360, Now that they are under new management I am always impressed when I go in. The Park is clean and tidy, the staff are happy and welcoming and the kids always have fun!! I know that if I have any issues that I will be heard and that my concern will be dealt with in a timely manner! they do have some attractions closed at the moment however I feel that the price is fair for an all day jump time!! I will for sure be planning my kids birthday here this year!! WAY TO GO FUN PARK!!! Thanks for all the smiles on my kids faces and the lack of stress I feel when my kids are at your establishment!!!!” – LuvBuggg 94
“We’re glad this is open, but only the trampolines were available to use. Yet they still charged full price. Dirty move during a difficult time.” – Blaine Walkinshaw
4. World Waterpark
|PRODUCTS||Caribbean Cove, Caribbean Cruiser, Dolphin Kiddie Pool, Splash Pad, Sun Runner, Corkscrew, Slideboarding, Blue Bullet, Howler, Twister, Cyclone, Nessie’s Revenge, Sky Screamer, Tropical Typhoon, Blue Thunder Wave Pool, Single Hot Tub|
|ADDRESS||8882 170 St NW #1338, Edmonton, AB T5T 4M2|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 444-5300|
|OPERATING HOURS||Mondays to Saturdays: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM |
Sundays: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Just as its name suggests, World Waterpark’s main goal is to get you wet. After all, you’re only visiting the amusement park with the tallest indoor bungee tower and largest wave pool in the world.
Let’s say first that World Waterpark shares the same address as Galaxyland. Both are situated inside the West Edmonton Mall.
Despite this, the two amusement parks offer a different experience to guests. World Waterpark is obviously more focused on water activities and even has more than 17 waterslides available.
You can slide down some of the beginner slides, such as the Caribbean Cove, the Sun Runner, or the Hurricane. And when you’re ready to elevate your experience, the Corkscrew is another waterslide you should definitely try out.
And if that’s not scary enough for you, you can bring things up a notch further. World Waterpark offers the Howler and the Twister as their advanced waterslides, so go ahead and test how brave you are with these two options.
Overall, the water attractions and slides were amazing. That probably taps into the little kid in all of us who loves to make a splash, though.
One thing we disliked about this amusement park, however, is that spectators will need to purchase beach passes. Their website, however, is unclear on how much these passes are.
Finally, World Waterpark also has additional charges if you wish to rent out a cabana to hang out in. These cabanas start at $125 to $325 for a more private space.
This is what people had to say about World Waterpark:
“AWESOME time was had. Kids ran from start to finish, and they are 12. We were in line when it opened and were there when the waves shut off.. 🙂. So unbelievably clean and cared for! Rented a beach front patio spot, had food delivered straight to us, place to lock up our stuff, pricey for an ordinary afternoon but this was our summer vacay so pulled out all the stops. Zip line was open and pretty inexpensive (10.00 a kid). Slides were done many times over and many a wave was crashed into..😁. Worth every penny for the day!” -Trish Z.
“Had a lot of fun! Was busy but not chaotic. A perfect way to spend time with kids. Line up for food was long, but the line for adult drinks was short. Definitely got a workout on all those steps. We will sleep well tonight.” – Chris Janzen
“Came here 20 years ago and this time (August 2021) we wanted to take our 2 young kids with us. We had a great time! Not sure if it’s changed or if we just notice the kids areas now but it is so well catered to the younger ones. Our kids are 4 and 6 and they had an absolute blast. Free life jacket rentals made it comfortable for the kids to go on to the bigger slides and land in the 4 foot pools. Our kids are very comfortable in water and have no issues with water in their face/ears/eyes so that makes a difference. Line ups were long so we didn’t get as much in as we wanted but I think that’s normal. We were there for 5 hours and did all the under 48″ slides once with a break for food. The concession had reasonably priced food – hot dogs, burgers, pizza, fries, etc.” – Susanna Murray
“Kids loved it!! Sad there is no in and out or a spectator free admission. Otherwise, only thing was i got sick the next day. 1st time in 18mths that i have a sore throat and cough. Be prepared no distancing anywhere in the waterpark. No rules regarding vaxxed and unvaxxed, so probably high chance you could get Covid. will go for testing when i get home.” – Abigail Larson
5. Monster Mini Golf
|PRODUCTS||Monster Mini Golf, Monstrous Gaming Arcade, Laser Tag, Bowling, Laser Maze, Virtual Reality, Atomic Rush, Ropes Course|
|ADDRESS||3414 Gateway Boulevard, Edmonton, AB T6J 6R5|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 756-5533 |
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Mondays to Thursdays: 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM |
Fridays to Saturdays: 12:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sundays: 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Next on our list of the best amusement parks in Edmonton end with Monster Mini Golf. It’s a fun indoor mini golf amusement center with glow-in-the-dark lighting.
You can try your luck and see just how quickly you can finish the 18-hole course. Despite the presence of some animated monsters running around the park, they aren’t really scary enough to frighten the little ones.
One thing that really heightens this experience is that the establishment has its own internal radio station called W.I.R.D. Radio. Who knew that the addition of a live DJ could make mini golf more enjoyable to guests of all ages?
Apart from the mini golf course, we found their video game arcade enjoyable too. They also have a mini bowling center, Laser Maze, and Laser Tag.
While we found the whole experience okay for adults, we think kids would love it most. It’s definitely worth a visit or two if you have tykes, especially if you want to give your kids a little treat.
Our only real gripe is that they only accept credit card payments. Then again, that’s probably to be expected now!
This is what you need to know about Monster Mini Golf, according to others who went there:
“Went in on Sunday, October 22,2017 after we had gone bowling. There were quite a few people in playing the arcade games but no one playing mini-golf. We stood at the counter for a good 5 minutes waiting to be served and there was no customer service to be found anywhere so we walked out unhappy and unsatisfied. I would NOT recommend this place.” – johnvosh1986
“Went her on a date with my son. Imran is very kind and helpful. Mini golf was fun and the music is awesome!” – Amiee Landry
“Cheap in price and a fun way to kill a hour or so. The staff are fun and engaging with customers. Some pretty amazing scenery/props in here too; much better than what I’ve seen at other glow in the dark minigolfs.” – James Dunkley
“Monster Mini golf Edmonton is the best mini golfing place!! It has great servive and nice prizes and the staff is super cool and arcade is amazing! And can’t forget about the music 🙂 would recommend!” – Britani Evanchuk
“This is one of the best mini golf places I’ve been to in a while! First of all, the staff is awesome and do a great job to interact with the guests and keep everyone happy, even if it’s a busy night. Secondly, the props are incredible and really amp up the whole experience especially when combined with the great music they play. Finally, the course is great for people of all ages with a couple of tricky holes to keep the adults competitive.” – Jillian Gordon
What to Bring on Your Amusement Park Visit
Visiting an amusement park is a great way to spend a day. But in order to make your experience a memorable one, it’s best that you pack light and bring the items that you will need.
Here are some of our suggestions:
Portable Phone Charger
Just imagine the number of photos you will take during your trip to a theme park. Not to mention you’ll probably be spending a lot of your time waiting in line or using the theme park app.
These things can drain your phone’s battery life. This is why you should bring a portable phone charger or powerbank with you on your next visit.
Sunglasses and a Hat
Some amusement parks are built outdoors. And as you walk throughout the park, you will likely be exposing yourself to the heat of the sun.
Make sure to bring a pair of sunglasses and a hat that will protect you from the harmful rays.
It’s also recommended that you bring a poncho with you on your next amusement park visit. This is particularly true if you intend to be a spectator only and will be visiting a park with several water rides.
Refillable Water Bottle
Everything inside the theme park costs money. And to be honest, they cost a lot. So instead of spending money on bottled water, it would be better if you bring your own.
It’s best to be safe nowadays. From hand sanitizers to your own tissue, bring some items for hygiene to be safe!
FAQs About Amusement Parks
These are the best theme parks in Edmonton that will be sure to give you a memorable experience. We hope that our guide helps you pick out your next destination with your family.
If you have other suggestions, feel free to send us a message so we can check them out. You can also check out our list of the best kids activities in Edmonton for more ideas.