This 20-acre outdoor theme park, nestled in a forested setting just off I-5 in Salem, is something of an Oregon icon. It has been family owned and operated since opening its doors in 1971. Today, there are kiddy rides, slides and storybook lane for the younger set, and a haunted house, Big Timber Log Ride (the biggest log ride in the Northwest) and a roller coaster for the slightly older bunch.
An awesome PNW experience for kids
Wonderful place to visit in the PNW for a truly unique experience. It feels like walking into a storybook and although it is an older theme park it is fun especially if you can't fly to Disneyland. They have a carousel and kid rides suited for 4-9 year olds that you purchase tickets for, but some of them have height requirements so check before you go. They also had a nice ice cream shop for the kids to cool down at that was clean and the staff was very nice and offered the kids a sample when they could not decide. Parking was close so it was great for younger kids who get tired by the end of the day. The only thing to consider for young kids is there is a witch slide. Ours thought it was funny but we saw a toddler fussing to walk past it so if you have one that scares easy plan for an adult to kid of block it from view to walk past.
Country's Best Story Park
This park is a gem of an attraction and definitely the best storybook land in the country. You will pay a small admission fee then pay for ride tickets for the attractions you want to ride. I visited when the park first opened and I think that is the best strategy. It allows you to poke around the story area before the rides open for the day at 11. They have some really great dioramas, animatronics, slides, and crawl throughs to explore. The Ice Coaster is a must do and is incredibly unique. The log flume was ok, but I wouldn't classify it as a must. The haunted house was great for me, but I can see this terrifying countless children daily. The shooting ride was a lot of fun and is worth doing. Other than that, there are a lot of windows to poke your head in, a water show, shooting gallery, play areas, and lots of little details to explore. The park is a very low capacity park, so if you are going midday, it may not be the best decision. The ticket system tries to limit lines getting too long, but they still get quite long and the charm of some of the story areas is lost with the crowds. When I left midday, it was pretty packed. They allow families to bring picnics, which is a nice family park touch. This is an absolute national treasure, but try to plan a visit when crowds are low to get the most out of the experience.
Don't forget your wallet & credit card!
Don't forget your wallet & credit card! Expect a family of 4 ( Mom, Dad, 2 kids) to spend $400.00 on your visit. Bring snacks and water to offset the gouge prices. Rides are $5 each. The cost for a family maybe once in a decade adventure. Unbelievable for a park in SALEM to overcharge kids like they do.
We had an amazing day here!!!
This place is amazing. We were here open to close on a Monday and had a blast with our 6 year old. All three of us (2 adults, 1 kid) really enjoyed ourselves. The haunted house was definitely too scary for our 6 year old but I could tell that ahead of time so we went separately (the adults). I went here as a kid in the late 80s/early 90s and haven’t been back since until now. It’s definitely maintained it’s charm. We found it very affordable. I love that it’s the brainchild of one man with a vision. I feels like a place that wants you to go and have a great time with your family, rather than a corporation trying to make as much $ as possible. I don’t know if this is typical but the lines for rides were minimal- maybe 45 mins total for the whole day of rides. Love all the fairy tale art and themes. We will be back!
If you’re a kid, or kid at heart, you’ll love Enchanted Forest
OK I’ll admit it… I am a 59-year-old woman who still feels like a kid, so when I added this to my our itinerary while visiting Oregon, my husband was generous enough to indulge my fancy. It is such a cute little amusement park. I loved all the creative ways they brought the fairytales to life. We bought some tickets and toured the haunted house, which I’m not really a fan of haunted houses, but this one was perfect for me as it was not too scary. I took lots of photos and even ran into a grumpy dwarf….besides my husband.🙄. We were disappointed with their limited staff and hours but I guess that is something that can’t be helped right now. The gift shop was also very disappointing with very few items.