If you still aren’t sure how to celebrate the sun this summer, why not take full advantage of the best local attractions Minnesota has to offer? Do Valleyfair like a pro this year with insider tips and tricks to enjoy the best new events, food and rides around.

Valleyfair Communications Manager Kelsey Bailey knows all the helpful hacks for experiencing the park to the fullest. Here are a few of her hints. For the full list, visit her blog at valleyfair.com.


hydrate, hydrate

Priority number one, according to Bailey, is hydration. Save money and be environmentally conscious by bringing your own water bottle and refilling throughout the park. For other beverages, try an all-day or all-season souvenir cup for unlimited refills for the entirety of your visit. The cups are cheaper online, so plan ahead and make the most of your investment.

Get there early

To avoid crowds, head to the park early and skip the lines. Bailey says smart park-goers will want to start at the back and move forward. When the park starts to get busy, you will have allowed yourself enough time to experience the rides you want to, and you will have the luxury of moving away from the majority of traffic when it’s congested.

Bring a Ziplock

Work with the water. There are plenty of water-based attractions, and Bailey recommends you pack a Ziplock to spare your phone from any perilous splashing. If the rain threatens your trip, bring an umbrella or a poncho. If there is no lightning, rides will still operate.

Pack a lunch

If you are looking to save money on food, Bailey recommends packing a cooler for lunch and picnicking at parks near Valleyfair. Make sure, if you leave the park, to hang on to your ticket so you will be readmitted.

New stuff

If food is part of the fun for you, look alive! Valleyfair is revamping its food offerings. For an example of its exciting new culinary directions, come by the amusement park on weekends in July and August to try the most exciting signature foods during Minnesota Eats.

Each weekend will feature new variants on classic Minnesotan grub, with changing offerings in four categories: Juicy Lucy, comfort food, fried food and desserts. Visit Valleyfair’s website to view the menu and pick which weekend you don’t want to miss. Or, try them all!


From June 8 through June 30 the Peanuts will take over the park from the front section to Planet Snoopy. Visitors will have the chance to “step into the comic strip” with larger-than-life comic cutouts and decor, or nosh on specialty “Peanuts-themed” treats temporarily available at different food vendors throughout Valleyfair, including “Charlie Brownies,” “Linus’s Pigs in a Blanket,” and “Patty’s Melt Sliders.”

Among other games and activities, the classic character Pigpen will make his debut at the park this year with his very own petting zoo at the Peanuts Pavillion to honor his messy namesake.

The Peanuts gang will also help Valleyfair break in the brand new Superior Stage with musical performances from Sally, Schroeder and their friends in the band Jelly of the Month Club for “Woodstock’s Music Festival.”

The most enthusiastic Schultz fans won’t want to miss Charlie Brown Day. For those with a serendipitous name and a valid ID, anyone named Charlie Brown (or some variant thereof, like Charles, Chuck or Charlotte) will get into the park for free on June 15. Attendees are, of course, encouraged to dress like “everyone’s favorite blockhead” for a photo opportunity on Superior Stage.

Lastly, if you have not gotten the opportunity to ride the 2018 addition “Delirious,” Valleyfair’s latest circular coaster, rally up some friends to help you test these tips and seek some thrills!

For a full calendar, season pass, daily tickets, event details or more information, visit valleyfair.com or download the Valleyfair mobile app.


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