Cultus Lake Adventure Park is an outdoor amusement park with mini golf, a roller coaster and a variety of other rides in the resort town of Cultus Lake.
Amusement Park at Cultus Lake
Cultus Lake is a village with a surprisingly large, modern and reasonably-priced amusement park. Cultus Lake Adventure Park is a small amusement park, but well-designed, compact and quite frankly huge for a tiny place like Cultus Lake.
In total the attraction has about a dozen rides suitable for a wide range of ages and it’s highly recommended for both families and groups of young friends. It’s like a miniature Disneyland, but without Cinderella’s castle, Mickey and the other characters.
Amusement Park Location & Times
The amusement park is a seasonal attraction and only open from around the third week of June until the Labour Day Weekend at the beginning of September, plus one or two extra weekends on either side.
For most of July and August the attraction is open from noon until 10 pm. At some times, however, like at the beginning and end of the season, it closes at either 6 or 8 pm.
Park Prices & Admission
Cultus Lake Adventure Park is quite reasonably priced. One thing that’s especially nice about the place is the fact that there is no admission fee to enter the facility. That’s right, people can come in, look around, and stay the entire day without paying a cent (although just loitering is not permitted).
The no gate admission fee is an especially nice feature for parents who just want to sit around while their kids go crazy on the rides, and for people just wanting to take part in a couple of things.
At Cultus Lake Adventure Park you just pay for the things you want to do. You can pay for rides individually, at around $2, $4 or $6 or so per ride (which is comparable to most similar places). Tokens cost $2 and rides take between 1 and 3 tokens each (or at least that was the case last year).
All-Day Unlimited Rides Wristbands
Day passes are also available and are of good value. A wristband provides unlimited access to all the rides (but not mini golf) and costs around $26 including taxes (or $22 for folk under 48 inches in height).
Unless you only plan to go on a couple of rides and stay for just a short time, the all-day wristband is definitely the way to go!
Night Rider Unlimited Rides Wristbands
Except for on days when the park closes at 6 pm, Night Rider Wristbands allow visitors unlimited rides during the last 3 hours of the day for just $18 or so, which means a $4 to $8 savings.
Cultus Lake Adventure Park has a great mini golf course. Last year it cost $10 per person, or $5 for people with unlimited wristbands or golfers wanting to play a second round. Children under the age of 3 are free.
TIP: If you plan to visit the amusement park one day and the water slides across the street on another, visit the Cultus Lake Waterpark first as their admission tickets often come with a discount coupon for the Adventure Park. If you visit the two attractions in the opposite order you’ll end up paying full price for both.
Adventure Park Rides
Cultus Lake Adventure Park might be small but it offers an impressive selection of rides. When we first went with a group of people aged 12 to 50 we predicted we’d be there for only a couple of hours but ended up staying for most of the day! Those rides are fun!
Here is a list of some of the main attractions:
- Balloon Adventure – a good ride for little people. It goes around at a comfortable pace and you control how fast it spins. The ride costs 1 token per person, so around $2 each time.
- Round-up 360 – this is definitely the park’s most serious ride and suitable for people who like a thrill (and spinning upside down). It’s a fully inverted extreme swing ride that goes up and over, 360 degrees, while spinning around. Grandparents and little folk will likely want to stick to things like the Ferris wheel and carousel while the teenagers hang out here. The cost last year was 3 tokens, or $6 per ride, so a good deal for people with all-day wristbands. Riders for this attraction need to be at least 4 feet tall.
- Runaway Mine Train – this 1000-foot-long wild train trip is one of the park’s most popular rides. It’s a small roller coaster, but a good one. Riders get unlimited access to it with an all-day wristband (as they do with the other rides), or pay 3 tokens per time. Passengers must be at least 3 feet in height, and children less than 42 inches tall need to ride with an adult.
- Windmill Drop – a 60-foot high windmill tower that takes you up in the air and then drops you down (and then up and down a bit more). It’s a lot of fun for people who love vertical drops! The cost is around 2 tokens for riders that are at least 42 inches tall.
- Wilderness Trail – this is the attraction for kids that love tree forts, climbing bars and caves to explore. It’s also popular with people who like to move themselves as opposed to sitting in something that does the moving!
- Bucky’s Bumper Boats – this is another tame ride, but also fun and especially popular on hot days. The cost is 2 tokens, but a second (junior) person can go in the same boat for just 1 additional token. On the ride you get to peddle around in the pond, bump into people and spray your friends with water (and get sprayed back by them).
Important Things to Know
Below are some rules and policies that are good to know in advance.
- The maximum weight of passengers on most rides is 250 lbs, and 300 lbs on the Wagon Wheel (Ferris wheel) and Bumper Boats. Those aren’t uncommon sizes, but if you’re larger you’ll have to stick to the mini golf or Wilderness Trail.
- For safety reasons, infants who can’t walk on their own and support themselves in a sitting position are not permitted on the rides.
- Items you cannot bring into the park include outside food and beverages, pets, roller blades, skateboards and audible personal music.
- The facility is non-smoking so if you want a puff you’ll have to leave the premises and then come back.
- Children under the age of 8 must be supervised.
- Tickets and tokens are non-refundable (so don’t buy more than you think you can use up by the end of the day, and don’t forget to factor in your time in the lineups).
- Not all rides are always open every day, and some start up and close down earlier than others.
- The park shuts down fairly promptly at the end of the day so expect the ride lineups to get closed off prior to closing time. The longer the lineup, the earlier the last person can join the line.
For an illustrated map of the attraction click Adventure Park Map.
For more information about the attraction in general, see the Cultus Lake Adventure Park website.
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