Lakemont Park, Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA
August 20 Arrived at Lakemont around 2:30pm. Purchased $8.95 allday pass. Did not get to do the water park, due to coolertemperatures. Skyliner was great and running well. The leap the dipsseemed to have alot of new wood. This coaster is great. What a thrillit had to be when in opened 107 years ago. The train was great along with the paddleboats, bumpercars, and their turnpike ride. The wing off started at 5.00pm. This isawesome event with great wings, a good band and of course beer. Nicesize croud form 5.00pm on. Skyliner looks great at night.
August 21 Stopped in for a few hours to see the car show before weheaded home to Pittsburgh. We opted for the free general admission. Their were alot of great cars at the show, well worth going in. It was wild to see themdriving around the park. I spoke with Barry Kumpf (general manager) for a few minutes. He welcomed us back to the park, he is a class act. Over all, the staff was friendly and Lakemont's trees are starting to grow back. The park seem to be shaping back to its original form. Hopefully people will continue to support this park.
Hey.........Thanks for the kind words about the park!!! As far as me being a "Class Act", that's up for debate. It's always good to see you here! I know that you enjoy the park and speak well about it and encourage others to visit, we appreciate that!!!
Anytime that you are here, I expect you to stop in and say hello.
It's nice to know we've got some "industry people" poking around here.
I've never had the pleasure of getting to Lakemont (nor do i have the slighest clue where it is), I but I may get there one of these days.
Hop, it is a great small park in Altoona, Pa. Skyliner is a nice classic woodie and Leap the Dips is the oldest operating coaster that has THE most comfortable seats. They are like sitting in you laz-y-boy at home. They have a nice collection of flats too. The price is right and well worth a stop even if you only have an hour or two.
Hey Barry, can you tell us if there's anything new in the works for 2010? I'm tentatively planning a trip to Virginia next year that will coincidentally take us shockingly close to Altoona... :)
Cool. It's, what, about $10 for an all day pass?
Man o man do I need to do a coaster trip JUST to PA!!!
Between Kennywood, Hershey, Dorney, Knoble's, and Waldemeer, I could spend two soild weeks just on coasters in PA!!!!
IMO PA has the best group of wood coasters around. While other single woodies may be better as a group, PA is hard to beat.
It's also hard to beat the scenery in PA. I rember one of the first times I drove through PA. It was in a semi, with my instructor over I-80 in the fall. The Sesquahanah river vally took my breath away!
I agree about the scenery. I made that trip to Knoebels last Sunday from Pittsburgh and its realy nice especially in the Altoona and Nitttany Valley areas. I would have traveled 4 hours plus to that park even if the scenery was drab but the trip there was a nice bonus alongside my visit to an outstanding amusement park.
^ Just wait till October, then check out that scenery.
Oh yeah!!! there's even some good sceinic from I-80.
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