Armed with my trusty National G atlas and my Choice Hotels directory, I have some ideas what I want to do. Checking the park websites, I already found I can't do what I originally planned on doing.
So let me ask the real experts in here...
DelGrosso's, Lakemont, Idlewild, Kennywood, Conneaut, Waldameer... too ambitious to hope to accomplish in 3 1/2 days? (Tuesday through Thursday, and get back home Friday afternoon)
The parks seem to pair up nicely, can they be done 2 a day (although I was thinking Kennywood should be an all day visit in itself)? Which are the "you don't want to miss" attractions, and which are the "save it for another trip"? What would be your preferences for the parks to hit first or save for last?
Any help you guys and gals can give is appreciated.
I recommend 1 full day at Kennywood if you've never been there before. Besides, Kennywood at night is pure magic!
Waldameer and Conneaut are also do-able in 1 day. Conneaut offers an evening POP plan. Both parks have free admission and pay as you ride, or you can buy POP's at both parks. (DelGrosso's and Lakemont also are free admission and pay as you ride. POP's are offered at both parks too.)
I hope this helps! *** Edited 8/18/2005 11:19:54 PM UTC by Brother Dave*** *** Edited 8/18/2005 11:20:26 PM UTC by Brother Dave***
My list of "must do" attractions (with the understanding that I gravitate towards the old, historic, or unique rides, not necessarily the ones that provide the greatest rush). Lakemont:
Leap the Dips
Space Oddyssey (enclosed caterpillar with light and sound effects)
Caterpillar (complete with canopy and air blower)
Mr. Rogers (if you have time, the line can get long, and don't mind earworms) Waldameer:
Train (especially if the usual guy is running it - it's hysterical)
Steel Dragon spinning coaster
Wacky Shack dark ride
Pirate's Cove fun house
Ferris Wheel for a great view of the lake and Presque Isle Conneaut:
Devil's Den dark ride
Roll-O-Plane (if your stomach can handle such things)
Visit Hotel Conneaut (or stay there, it's a great place) Kennywood:
Phantom’s Revenge (truly awesome coaster and I’m a pretty hard-core woody fan)
Old Mill (even though the current Garfield theme is pretty awful, in my opinion.)
Noah's Ark funhouse
Gold Rusher dark ride
Personally, I can spend an entire day at Idlewild. It's one of the most beautiful parks in the country! But, if you're only looking to hit just the major coasters and rides, then the after 6:00 plan is do-able, just rushed. Given RatherGoodBear's limited time frame, this is why I suggested doing DelGrosso's/Lakemont/Idlewild in one day.
Absolutely not, RGB! I did Kennywood, Conneaut, Lakemont, Del Grosso's, Knoebels, and Williams Grove over a Labor Day weekend and still had time for more parks. Tell me where you're starting from and I'll give you an itinerary.
mOOSH [PA Pro!]
I was also hoping to put Waldameer/Conneaut in the middle, since I didn't want to drive all the way to or from that corner of the state first or last thing. I'm also not an out the door at dawn be there when the gates open kind of guy.
Millrace, thanks for the awesome list. I might just print that out and use it as a checklist. I'm not just going to ride 2 or three rides then drive to the next park. I definitely like to soak up the atmosphere. So we think alike in that respect.
Moosh, I'll either be traveling 76-79-80 or 80-79-76, plus all the side roads of course.
Thanks again. I'll let you know how things turn out. If you think of anything else that might be helpful, please let me know. *** Edited 8/19/2005 4:20:07 AM UTC by RatherGoodBear***
A small tip would be to go to Water World at 11:00 and then go to Waldameer at 1:00. Then you may have more time for Conneaut.
Although, on hot days (even weekdays) , Water World is very likely to be packed even at 11:00 before Waldameer opens.
Moosh, I'll be coming from the Pottsville area-- take your map of PA and draw a triangle connecting Elysburg, Hershey, and Allentown. I'm close to the middle. :)
Scooter, thanks for the heads up about Conneaut. I'll be checking the websites again and again.
razore, I'll be heading out next week. I was planning on asking for the "I know razore discount" :)
You may be able to do Lakemont/Del's in a half a day since they are so close together and NOT very big, if you are pressed for time.
Kennywood and Idlewild COULD be done together in a day but I would recommend not rushing it. BOTH of those parks deserve to be explored fully. I could easily spend a whole day at Idlewild.
I don't know where you live in PA but assuming you are coming from the east.....
Day 1: Lakemont and Del's
Day 2: Idlewild by day, Kennywood by night and if you are travelling up I-79 towards Erie you could easily hit Fun For All *on the way*.
Day 3: Conneaut then Waldameer.
You are easily looking at a 3 to 4-day trip.
*** Edited 8/19/2005 5:44:15 PM UTC by coasterqueenTRN***
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