Ride the All-New North Star at Valleyfair!

vRide the All-New North Star at Valleyfair! Spin at speeds up to 40mph at a height of 20 stories above Shakopee, Minnesota.

A visit to Valleyfair is fun and exciting any time, but it just got even more fun and exciting with the all-new North Star! Taking a look at a photo of the North Star, you may think it’s just another mild-mannered swing ride. Well, that idea is TOTALLY WRONG! I visited Valleyfair on opening day last week and headed straight to the North Star to see what it was all about.

When I took my seat in my chain-suspended seat, the rider next to me asked if it was my first ride. When I answered yes, he let me know he had already ridden it and it is “way scarier than it looks”. I’m glad I’m not easily scared by rides because that certainly isn’t a confidence boosting statement!



While my seat-mate was right that North Star is a lot scarier than it looks, it’s actually a lot more FUN than it looks (and actually not really scary unless you have a fear of heights). What it DOES do is spin you at speeds up to 40mph at a height of 20 stories above the ground! At 230 feet, North Star is the second tallest ride at Valleyfair.

After having my share of thrills on North Star, hubby and I spent a fun “adults only” night at Valleyfair, but acted like total kids! We visited all of our favorite child-friendly spots, but without the stress of having to actually keep an eye on the kids. Swinging by Planet Snoopy was a must just because everything there is SO CUTE.

We are all big fans of Snoopy and Woodstock. At Camp Snoopy there are lots of fun rides for the littlest kids, as well as fun things to see for kids of all ages. I just LOVE the Woodstock fountain!


We also had a bit of excitement riding on my all-time favorite ride, the Corkscrew, and played a few games like the ring toss (where I failed miserably) but also the whack-a-mole where hubby won a Squirtle for me!

And last, but certainly not least, we can’t miss a ride on the carousel! It’s the same one I rode on as a kid way back when Valleyfair first opened in 1976!

You’ll find SO much to do every day at Valleyfair, but there are also lots of special events coming up this summer including a Food Truck Festival, July 4th BBQ, Beach Bash and more. See a full list of upcoming events here. Now is the best time to buy your season pass so you can use it all season long!


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  1. ddd@Ieiieels.com' robin rue says:

    My husband would LOVE this. We have one of these at our Six Flags, but my feet always stay on the ground 🙂

  2. No way on earth would you get me up there! I am terrified of heights. My husband however would ride it a million times!

  3. That looks like so much fun! I love rides like that. They’re just enough adrenaline.

  4. We love going to the fair. Whenever the state fair rolls through, we always make a point of being there. It’s so much fun.

  5. This ride looks like so much fun! I wonder if my husband would be up for this kind of thrill?!

  6. dearrhannahh@aol.com' Hannah C says:

    This ride looks like so much fun!

  7. Looks like a lot of fun. Also, I would love Planet Snoopy because Snoopy is my favorite.

  8. jewelwood55@gmail.com' Julie Wood says:

    What a really fun place to take the family! I think Planet Snoopy is a fun place to be a kid again and have fun with the kids doing it!

  9. Wow! That is so amazing!! I would love to try that next time we are at Valleyfair!

  10. Those North Star clips look surreal. Talk about a towering ride!
    My husband would be totally afraid of the spinning of the ride though.
    But I should talk, because I am afraid of heights!

  11. That place looks like a blast. I haven’t been to a theme park in way too long.

  12. Sixitmekom@gmail.com' Jeanine says:

    Oh what fun! This looks like it would be a blast! I haven’t been to a theme park in so many years!

  13. This ride sounds like a lot of fun. I don’t do the scarier rides like used to, but I am not above giving them a whirl every once in a while. I think I would like to try this one!

  14. That looks like so much fun. I like crazy rides like that. I can’t ride the way I used to when I was younger, but I still give it my best effort.

  15. savvysavingcouple@gmail.com' Amy Desrosiers says:

    Ok, this ride looks both thrilling and a tad scary for me. I am one of them people who like to stay grounded and watch others have fun on rides.

  16. I would puke. And my eyes would be closed the entire time. You’re MUCH braver than me! I’d rather be on the ground hanging with Snoopy!

  17. annemarie.leblanc@gmail.com' Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    Oh my goodness. I could never ride that North Star. I am not that brave! I would even be nervous if any of my kids would ride it. I might faint.

  18. That is scary exciting! I wouldn’t mind giving it a try, my boys would probably like it more though, since they’re teens and more adventurous when it comes to rides like this.

  19. That’s so awesome! I haven’t tried any rides like this for the longest time! I’m sure my nephews will enjoy this as well. So thrilling!

  20. I love rides- they can’t go high enough or fast enough but I can’t do spinny rides anymore.

  21. I am such a scaredy cat. When I was younger I like rides but not anymore too much anxiety!!! Fun for kids though!

  22. Valley fair looks like a lot of fun! i have never heard of it, but would love to visit sometime!

  23. slehan@juno.com' Sarah L says:

    I would head right for the north star. I love that kind of ride.

  24. brianne@strollerinthecity.com' brianne says:

    What a great ride! I will have to check this out!

  25. twoandahalfmen1a@yahoo.com' Darcy Koch says:

    There isn’t enough money in the world to make me ride on that. I am deathly afraid of heights.

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