Good Pennsylvania Coasters?

During the week of the 4th of July, I will be hitting Waldameer, Kennywood, Hersheypark, Knoebels, Dorney Park, 6 Flags Great Adventure, Lake Compounce and Quassy. So, on my way back to Detroit from Connecticut, are there and good coasters I should hit in PA or OH?

Last edited by zoug68,

You mean besides the long list of the parks you listed?

As for Ohio, I hear there is a coaster or two worth checking out on the shores of Lake Erie in a little town called Sandusky.

I already go to that little county fair type park most Sundays. LOL. Just want to find hidden gems since I really don't want to go to Cedar Point unless it's the only option. With my free days being the Saturday and Sunday after the 4th, it would be cool to find parks that are very cheap or let us buy tickets for each ride. Unfortunately, I can't do the twirl and hurl rides because it looks like there are some really old fun rides out there.

zoug68 said:

During the week of the 4th of July, I will be hitting Waldameer, Kennywood, Hersheypark, Knoebels, Dorney Park, 6 Flags Great Adventure, Lake Compounce and Quassy. So, on my way back to Detroit from Connecticut, are there and good coasters I should hit in PA or OH?

Well, technically, SFGadv is in Jersey....

Conneaut Lake Park is another park that people usually hit when they go to Waldameer. It has three credits, but one is a very small kiddie coaster that wasn't running when I went. Looked like it had great airtime besides its size. Its a very cheap and small park -- $10 gets you an all day ride pass. The main draw is Blue Streak -- no, not that bad Blue Streak. But its another old fashioned wooden coaster that still is manually operated -- the staff give announcements without a PA system, they pull you out of the station, and the brakes may be manual too. Its actually listed as a top 50 woodie in the Golden Tickets.

Well, technically, I am dropping someone off in CT after we hit SFGAdv on Friday, July 6th. I plan to hit Lake Compounce and Quassy on the 7th. I am REALLY hoping that since that god awful triple up has been replaced, Boulder Dash is as good as most think it is. Most of my drive home is going to be through PA, so, since I won't be in a huge rush, I figured I can hit some small parks. I was thinking of hitting Conneaut Lake for The Blue Streak before heading up to Waldameer this coming Saturday PROBABLY after hitting Cedar Point for an early ride on SV and my free meal at Crystal Rock if I leave Detroit early enough. The rotisserie chicken is really good. . I don't do kiddie coaster for credits. Just can't...lol

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Conneaut Lake is worth a walk around if you have the time.


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Six Flags Mexico City is a must-do since you’re already in the hemisphere.


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Sfne is only 40mins from lake compounce. You can always hit up playland in rye ny which is also about 40-50 mins from quassy.


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Wait, how is Conneaut’s not the bad Blue Streak?


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^^While I LOVED Wicked Cyclone, I found the rest of their collection, including Superman to be very meh. Maybe I got a bad ride. I would have to be at SFNE on a Saturday and I don't think it would be worth the time, even though everything is paid for at all 6 Flags for me.

ApolloAndy said:

Six Flags Mexico City is a must-do since you’re already in the hemisphere.

Knoebel's is near
Swing by while in the area
It's a hidden gem

B-)

^Knoebel's is already on my list. While it may go against popular opinion, I prefer Twister over The Phoenix. It just feels more out of control. I still need to try out Impulse.

I will be at CP on Friday, June 29th (dropping friend back off in Detroit after). Waldameer and possibly Conneaut on June 30th (Might hit CP for lunch and a quick ride on SV that morning). Kennywood on July 1st. Hersheypark on the 2nd and 3rd. Knoebel's and Dorney on July 4th. Great Adventure on the 5th and 6th. Quassy and Lake Compunce on the 7th. Probably hit CP for dinner on my way back to Detroit on the 8th.

If I leave Kennywood by 4, I can get into Hersheypark at 7:30 for free since they include the evening before with your next day's ticket.

I think my most anticipated coasters are Ravine Flyer II and, don't laugh, Wooden Warrior.

Last edited by zoug68,

What about Delgrosso's?

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Or Maverick.


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Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

Or Geau.... wait, nevermind.

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If Lakemont Park in Altoona is open, definitely stop there. Leap the Dips is the oldest operating coaster! Also, Seasme Place in Langhorne and Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster for quick, easy credits.

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Lakemont Park is closed this year, supposedly for construction.


Moose out front should have told you.

I'm going to make them open up just so I can ride the oldest coaster out there. Looks pretty sketchy.

It was closed last year too. I know they were looking to remove almost all of the rides except for the two wooden coasters and turn it more into a family fun center. Not sure how realistic that plan is or that it will open again.

I visited a few times in the early 2000s shortly after the ACE-funded restoration and reopening of Leap The Dips. The park was nothing more than a permanent carnival, but Leap The Dips was a blast and in great condition. Skyliner was great as well.

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