Written by J.L. Haler
My mom’s favorite location is Glacier National Park. She hasn’t been in over a decade so this year the kids and I decided to take her. We went there several times when I was a kid and it’s where Steve and I spent our honeymoon. There are a multitude of activities in and near Glacier.
Just before you get into Glacier (coming from Kalispell) there are some spots I remember as a kid, the House of Mystery, and The Amazing Fun Center. And some new ones including zip-lining, tree adventures, rock walls and more at Glacier Highline. If we had more time I would have spent a day at the highline doing all their fabulous activities. But we did get to The Amazing Fun Center.
The fun park has a giant maze, bumper boats, mini-golf, go-carts, and bankshot basketball.
I’d been telling the kids all about the maze and how their dad and I did it on our honeymoon. They were excited to give a try and thought it might feel like they were on Survivor. 😊 The maze has wooden walls that you can see under if you want to with a tower in each of the four corners. You are given a card that you stamp as you go in with your starting time. Your goal is to get a stamp at each of the four towers then find your way out. There are several easy ways out and one difficult way out. The Haler puzzle solving gene runs strong in my family so we had to find the difficult way out. My kids just look at me like it’s not even a question. But for those with less competitive streaks or little ones who want to find the exit there are easier ways to get out.
Within the maze are clues on the walls if you would like to look at them but again, my family tends to go all out. So, no clues for us. We wound our way through wooden walls, split apart to find the best routes, and planned our attempts with views from the towers. There is also an attendant on one of the upper levels of the maze that will help you out if needed and a viewing platform for those who want to watch the fun but not participate in the problem solving.
We did find the difficult way out and gladly stamped our end time on our cards. We completed the maze in 55 minutes and that was at a walking pace because it was in the 90’s that day and we were hot, not much shade in the maze. We had a blast watching families split up and compete yelling at each other as they went, kids rushing around and problem-solving, and others getting into the towers and attempting to mark pathways to their next destination.
This is a nice family location to do some activities for all ages. They sell water/soda, and ice cream. But if you are looking for full lunches then there are some restaurants close by. If you want to have your own Survivor experience 😊 or just want to have fun walking in a maze then make sure to check out the Amazing Fun Center.
I love spending time with my family doing all the wonderful activities in the Inland Northwest.