Also if there are any smaller parks i.e. Weona Park, that are within 50 miles of any of the 5, that are worth while to go to.
Knoebels has two of the greatest wooden coasters that I have been on. And dorney park has hydra this year. There is also conneaut lake park. If you go to rcdb...right here...
There is a list of all the parks in pa, with all the web sites you need to get info/ directions to these parks.
Knoebels (easily the biggest of the ones mentioned) is worth a day all by itself. Best wood coaster combination around. Great Haunted House, and you will get to see flyers run the way Flyers are supposed to be run (not like the Frontier Flyers at Hersheypark... so, since you work for HERCO it may surprise you that Flyers are NOT kiddie rides if they are run to their full potential).
As for Williams Grove... got an hour or so to kill? That's all you will need.
I will also second what Crazy Horse said about Conneaut Lake... though, with all of the problems that park has been having, I would do some changes and try and get this year... you never know if there will be a next year for this park. Kennywood's Thunderbolt, Knoebels Phoenix and Conneaut Lake's Blue Streak... three of the best wooden coasters around... in my opinion. *** Edited 3/23/2005 6:51:20 PM UTC by SLFAKE***
Personally, I don't think you can go wrong with any of PA's parks. Lakemont and Delgrosso's are practically next to each other and are both pretty small so you shouldn't have any problem doing both in one day. Lakemont has the wooden coasters but Delgrosso's is the more attractive park (by far!) Be sure to arrange to have lunch at Delgrosso's some of the best (and most reasonably priced) amusement park food around.
Bushkill is a tiny park with just a handful of rides but is well worth a visit as the place looks like a freshly opened time capsule of a small town park from the 1950s. Be aware that they are still recovering from major flood damage and that some of the rides may not be operating. See pictures.
Knoebels is just an amazing experience with two of the best coasters around, a great dark ride, some cool vintage rides and quirky atmosphere. Pictures.
The only PA park I haven't been to is DelGrosso's (hopefully this year) but as for the others, you really can't go wrong.
Dorney is pretty sterile (thanks CF) but has a classic Schmeck, a decent hyper coaster, a Schwarzakopf looper and two B&Ms. It's certainly not a bad park and if you've never been there, you could easily spend the day.
Williams Grove is a small little place, a little run-down but worth the trip anyway. I wrote a TR late last summer and it was pretty detailed... do a search and you should be able to find it rather quickly.
Idlewild is a gem. The Rollo Coaster is a fantastic little ride and the rest of the park ain't bad, either. Ditto for Waldameer... the Comet is a great small wood coaster and the rest of the place is immaculate. Don't forget they have an outstanding darkride AND walkthrough funhouse. Both can be done in a few hours but you really owe it to yourself to spend a day at each as half days will leave you wanting more.
Conneaut is something special- the lakeside setting, the classic rides... I could go on and on. Night rides on the Blue Streak cannot be described, nor should they be. Again, the park could be done in a few hours, but why?
Lakemont isn't the best park in the world (or the state, for that matter) but it's a neat little place and the Skyliner is definitely one of the most underrated wood coasters in the country. That ride alone is worth going out of the way for. One of the best "new" coasters I rode in 2004!
As for Kennywood, Knoebels and Hershey, what else can be said? They are parks all at the top of their game- amusement park perfection.
Hope that helps.
Lots of choices for a PA park trip :)
PA really is covered when it comes to amusement parks.
If you showed the defunct parks in the state, now that would probably cover the map. You're correct, millrace. Scranton had Rocky Glen and Hazleton had Angela Park.
Between Hazleton and Pottsville were Lakewood AND Lakeside, practically across the road from each other, although Lakeside wasn't as much of an amusement park with rides, more of a swimming resort, although they had a huge ballroom that was just recently restored and is being used again.
Lakewood was known for the Bavarian Festival during the 70s, as well as its various other nationality days held on most Sundays during the summer. Those events would attract tens of thousands of people each year. Lakewood had the scariest Wild Mouse I ever rode. It was so rickety and rusty, you really did think you might just keep going over the edge.
They also had a ride called the Hey-Dey, which I've never seen anywhere else. It was similar to a Whip, except the floor had a few small humps in it, and the cars were able to totally pivot around themselves similar to a tilt-a-whirl, though not as fast. the cars also had a front and back seat. Anyone ever encountered a ride like that in other parks?
OK, enough for the trip down Memory Lane. I realized I'm sounding like MY parents now. YIKES!
No trace of the original park left although I think the City of Scranton has been contracting in some small kiddie attractions for the park.
The carousel is interesting in that the horses all have their original paint still on them. It was restored a few years ago and looks fantastic, and even has a ring catch.
Here are some photos of the park.
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Another place that seems to be in the process of reviving itself is Twin Grove Park, off of I-81, west of Pine Grove. Right now, I think it's just the old carousel that's been restored, but there are a few other attractions including a campground and restaurant that are also open. I'm not sure of everything that used to be there, or what the ultimate plans are for the park. But it's always nice to hear of a grand old park being brought back. Just wish someone had been able to save Lakewood before it went totally to hell.
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