Located between Muskegon and Whitehall, Michigan’s Adventure describes itself as an amusement and water park rather than a theme park. Even so, it’s owned by Cedar Fair and deserves to be included in the list of parks operated by that company. Sprawling over 250 acres, Michigan’s Adventure is the home of some 53 rides including 7 roller coasters, most notable of which is Shivering Timbers. Shivering Timbers, featuring six consecutive drops (probably a record) and phenomenal ejector airtime, has been consistently ranked among the top ten wooden coasters in the USA - and for devotees of woodies is worth the trip.
Otherwise the ride lineup at the park is less than stellar. After Shivering Timbers, the best ride is undoubtedly Thunderhawk, an invert. There are two kiddie coasters, a nice touch because it makes the park very family friendly. Other rides include but are by no means limited to Bumper Boats, Flying Trapeze, (a swing ride), a Ferris wheel, scrambler and Tilt-A-Whirl. The water park features wave pools, tubes, rafts and slides.
Dining options are primarily barbecue, burgers, hot dogs/corn dogs and chicken fingers. The park does have an outdoor family grill and offers ice cream sundaes along with the funnel cake omnipresent at theme parks. They also offer freshly cooked chips.
As of 2013, Fast Lane, allowing almost immediate access to rides, is available for as little as $35.00 when purchased online. This is a bargain, as equivalent programs at other parks usually involve an investment of $50.00 and up.
Michigan’s Adventure is a nice park, perfect for anyone not looking for extreme thrill rides. 4 out of 5 stars. For more information about Michigan’s Adventure, visit https://www.miadventure.com/