Lakemont Park Guru NEEDED!

Sunday, April 21, 2002 7:24 PM

We are visiting Lakemont in July. PROBLEM: It's the only park that we don't know the two important needs....1) Cost & 2) Schedule. Their website is down and I do not have a phone number or address.

Any buzzers with cardinal knowledge of this place that can give some assistance???

Thanks and take care....

There's nothing like a woodie...

Sunday, April 21, 2002 7:38 PM

Lakemont Park & Island Waterpark

Route I-99 & 36

Altoona, PA (814)949-7275 park/waterpark is (800)434-8006

Leap the Dips, the country's oldest wooden rollercoaster, is located here, and following an exstensive renovation, reopened in 1999. Lakemont Park-founded in 1894 and located on the south side of the city-now has 29 rides, plus the Island Waterpark, with paddleboats, bumperboats, and Pirates Cove.

Roller Coaster include:Mad Mouse,family(S); Skyliner(W);Leap the Dips(W);Toboggan(S)

The park is open daily, with free admission; a pay-one-price afmission is available for $8. Hours vary throughout the season.

Top 5 Steels-------------Top 5 Woodies
1.Steel Dragon 2000------1.Boulder Dash
3.Medusa WEST----------3.White Cyclone

Sunday, April 21, 2002 8:10 PM

Hey Woody. You could also try to plan a visit there when the Altoona Curve is at home. The stadium is next to the park. Plus Lakemont is open late after the games.

Also down the road about a half hour is Delgrosso's Park (Blands Park) Thats another cheap park. I'm not sure if the Zyklon is still there though.

Sunday, April 21, 2002 8:20 PM
Since Bland's is free to enter, I highly suggest stopping there for lunch, their potato salad and deep pizza are the park's classics. I brought home a bucket of that potato salad. Also, if you're going in July, make note that Bland's Amusement Park has the largest firework display in the state for fourth of July. Also nearby is Waldameer Park and Waterworld, another great admission free classic park. I know there is someone else here that can tell you everything about Waldameer ;)
Monday, April 22, 2002 5:55 AM

Not to dash any hopes... but just a note on PA geography...

Not "as the crow flies", but by road, Waldameer (Erie PA) and Lakemont (Altoona, PA) are around 220 miles apart.

Monday, April 22, 2002 6:54 AM

Don't forget the $2 off coupon for Lakemont. As ridiculously cheap $8 admission sounds, they offer a coupon on their web site. I used this last summer and actually felt guilty about it afterwards.

- Sandy

Monday, April 22, 2002 6:57 AM

Well, despite the 4 hour (or so) drive from Delgrosso's to Waldameer, if you have the chance to visit, I highly suggest it. Parking and general admission are free. Ride all day is around $14, Ride and Slide is something like $16. The park features a Schmeck junior woodie called the Comet which packs a nice punch for a ride of its size, and they also have a Miler steel coaster called Ravine Flyer 3.... but you have to be accompanied by a child in order to ride. Other highlights include Thunder River, a Hopkins flume with a nice tunnel and two drops (one has coin-op water bombs at the bottom... so watch out); Ali Baba, an ARM flying carpet ride; several Chance products including a Wipeout, Sea Dragon, Carousel, a very nice CP Huntington train, and next to Cedar Point, the best view from a ferris wheel in the east... their Chance Gondola Wheel affords spectacular views of the Presque Isle state park area and Lake Erie. The park also features an excellent Bill Tracey dark ride called Whacky Shack and a unique walk-through fun house called Pirate's Cove.

The Water World water park features several slides including a pair of rather tall speed slides, enclosed raft slides, enclosed "sonic whip" slides, and the usual flume-style slide. There is also a kids play area, plenty of spaces to catch some sun, and a nice lazy river. WaterWorld is very clean for a small park and is a huge draw for the people in Erie, PA.

Waldameer's food choices are pretty varied at its "food court", and it's pretty standard fare. Their "Potato patch" fry stand has excellent fresh-cut fries (not as good as Kennywood's, but IMO, better than CP's), and their fudge may be the best I have ever had.

Again, it is quite a ways from where you're headed, but if you make a return trip to PA, definitely give Waldameer a look.


Monday, April 22, 2002 8:10 AM

Lakemont's site is back up with full details.

It's a really neat little park and an incredible bargain. We stopped there just to catch a ride on Leap The Dips and wound up staying for hours having a great time.

Monday, April 22, 2002 10:15 AM

Ok, guys and gal, I didn't want to do this, but this is our agenda for our PA trip in early July.

Tuesday: Waldameer, Conneaut, Knoebel's. Wednesday: Dorney & Dutch Wonderland. Thursday: Hershey & William's Grove. Friday: Lakemont, Idlewild and Kennywood.

Thanks for the information, Keep it coming. We need all that we can get to keep cost down while riding 34 coasters in 4 days......hell, after that divorce 2 summers ago, I feel like a kid again......Thanks for all your help!!


Monday, April 22, 2002 11:10 AM
You're going to feel like a very old man after that schedule.
Monday, April 22, 2002 12:26 PM
Woody you'd be better served by keeping the number of parks down as it'll help out your energy level and your wallet.

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Monday, April 22, 2002 12:58 PM


Are you just going to stop in at the parks and then leave right away?

Familiar with some of those parks and distances, if I were doing that trip, my agenda would be:

day 1: Waldameer & Conneaut & drive to Pittsburgh

day 2: Kennywood

day 3: Idlewild, Lakemont, Williamsgrove

day 4: Knoebels

day 5: Hersheypark

day 6: Dutchwonderland (brief visit), Dorney till closing

Even at that... I would still be questioning this. Bottom line: Hershey, Kennywood, Knoebels, Dorney all rate at least a in my book. Add in to the little parks and the travel times... well... good luck. You'll need it.

Monday, April 22, 2002 1:50 PM
Waldameer and Conneaut can certainly be done in a day, but trying to squeeze Knoebel's in there is just going to tire you out and cause you to seriously miss out on worthwhile attractions at all three parks. I'd give Knoebels a day all to its self -- SLFAKE's schedule looks more reasonable. Obviously you weren't planning on spending that much time, so you'll probably have to scale things back a bit.

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Monday, April 22, 2002 6:21 PM

I live in Altoona and Lakemont and DelGrosso's are my home parks. I have been to them an uncountable amount of times. In addition to "Leap-the-Dips", Lakemont has a wonderful mid-sized woody called "Skyliner". just beware of its bumpyness. Lakemont kind of reminds me of a carnival that never leaves. DelGrosso's is very clean and freshly painted but it is also very small. Xyclon is a compact steel coaster that reminds me of a smaller version of CPs Wildcat

Both of these parks are fun but rather limited in attractions. They could both easily be done in the same day seeing that they are within 15 minuts of each other.

"If you can't do it, don't even knock it" COINMONSTER

*** This post was edited by dexter on 4/22/2002. ***

Monday, April 22, 2002 6:49 PM
I't wont be too expensive seeing that most of the parks he has planned to visit are free admission. Also, summer last for more than a week last time I checked so it's not like he's gonna' run out of time. The only mahor draw out of your wallet will be gas money which will average at between $1.26 to $1.45 this summer. Californians can laugh again seeing that we've seen prices over $2.00 a gallon.

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