Sunday, August 20, 2006 6:42 PM
My wife and I have snagged some free tickets and a flashpass for Six Flags Great Adventure in 2007 (see my trip report if you are interested in how). That said, I humbly request the various enthusiasts' ideas on what other park(s) would be worth checking out as well for a little week-long trek towards the Northeast in 2007.
Some details; 1) We are CP season-passers from from Columbus, OH, and will be driving from there (or flying and snagging a rental, but most likely driving, as we enjoy the ol' American road trip). 2) Dorney Park is out. We used our CP pass there this summer, and we're looking for something new. 3) The only other park even remotely in the area the we have been to is Busch Gardens Williamsburg in 2004. We are considering this as a possibility, but it is 5 hours away from SFGA.
Any ideas? Thanks in advance!
Sunday, August 20, 2006 7:11 PM
There are TONS of little parks all over the coast of New Jersey and would recommend checking them out...Especially Morey's Piers in Wilwood, NJ. Also dont forget NYC and Coney Island as well as Rye Playland are relatively close.
Over 4th of July week, I did a New Jersey trip and in 4 days we did:
Clementon - Clementon, NJ
Morey's Piers - Wildwood, NJ
Rye Playland - Rye, NY
We took train from Rye into NYC (Grand Central) and walked to the Chrysler Building and to Times Square. Then took a subway train to Coney Island from near there.
Took Subway back up near the World Trade Center and all I have to say is wow....very depressing. It really took my heart. What was seen on tv doesnt do WTC justice.
Keansburg Amusement Park - Keansburg, NJ
Jenkinsons - Point Pleasent, NJ
Playtown Pier - Point Pleasent, NJ
Drove to but did not ride at due to weather related issues:
Bowcraft Amusement Park (Scotch Plains, New Jersey)
Steel Pier - Atlantic City, NJ
Playland - Ocean City, NJ
Gillian's Wonderland (Ocean City, New Jersey)
Storybook Land (Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey)
Sunday, August 20, 2006 8:43 PM
Knoebels and Hershey are some of the best parks around and on your way to/or back. Best of all Hershey lets you in for FREE the night before you go. What I’ve done the past few years is hit Knoebels in the morning till about 5, then make the little over an hour trek to Hershey that night for the free preview. Then you get a full day of Hershey the next day.
If you go Knoebels, Hershey, GADV, Then some Jersey Shore parks that would make for a nice trip.
Also If you haven’t been to Kennywood yet find a way to get that in as well, maybe on the way back to break up the trip.
Sunday, August 20, 2006 10:05 PM
as a current 2006 season pass holder at Hershey, and I just bought my 07 pass, Hershey is definatly a must! Espically with the new addition for 07! I cant say enough good about hershy! Also while in the area check out Knoebels, but don't leave early if possible because like most parks, it is truely best after dark!
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Sunday, August 20, 2006 10:44 PM
SFA, SFNE, PCW & PKD(Hey, You CP season pass might include admission next year), LR, and any other parks in (NJ, NY, PA, ON, PQ, MS, MD, CT, Etc, etc.) Hell its not more then a one day drive and you have a week. Have fun.
Sunday, August 20, 2006 11:31 PM
Many choices, but the must do's on the way out:
Kennywood - Classic.
Lakemont - Ride a real piece of American history. There were 2,000 of 'em accross the country in the early 1900's, now Leap-the-Dips is the only one left.
Knoebel's - Maybe the best atmosphere of any park any where.
Hershey - A big park with old school charm.
Once you're out there, there's a ton of parks, as mentioned above. I wouldn't miss Morey's, though.
Monday, August 21, 2006 5:35 AM
Go to Lake Compounce! This park has a lot of charm, and the Boulder Dash is the best Woodie in the New England Area! :)
Monday, August 21, 2006 10:39 AM
If it were me (and it has been, LOL), I'd recommend going NORTH or WEST from GAdv...
North: Keansburg, Coney/Rye, LC, SFNE, Quassy. New England ROCKS
West: Clementon, (skip Dorney, LOL), Knoebels', Hershey, Lakemont, DelGrosso's, maybe Idlewild, and definitely Kennywood.
South, you have SFA, PKD, BGW, but that might be excessive driving...
Monday, August 21, 2006 11:27 AM
Thanks for all your ideas so far. I guess we should also wait to see what our Cedar Point pass will do for us in terms of the Paramount Parks; I had not thought of that until now.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006 7:05 PM
Just a little note, if in the area you might want to put Dollywood into consideration, while in the area, you may want to check out the Paramount's Carowinds both parks are great. Dollywood's Mystery Mine Sounds really great.