America’s only amusement park where admission, parking, entertainment and picnic facilities are all free of cost, Knoebels Amusement Park is located in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA. Owned and operated by the Knoebel family, the park has been open since the fourth of July, 1926. Featuring 63 total rides, including 6 roller coasters and 2 water rides, this awesome park offers affordable entertainment for the whole family and is one of the best and most-loved amusement parks in the world. There are also two carrousels operating in the park that have been there since the early 1900’s and offer an old-time experience for kids that delights everyone who rides them.
Knoebels has been a long-time favorite amusement park in America and has won numerous awards from organizations including the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions, Amusement Today, and American Coaster Enthusiasts. Known as America’s number one amusement park to many, the Travel Channel rated Knoebels in the Top 10 Family Friendly Amusement Parks in the USA. The amusement park is centered in two counties, Columbia and Northumberland. The park is open from the months of April to September as well as some limited days in October for Halloween celebrations.
Some of Knoebels Noted Attractions
With so much to do for the whole family at Knoebels amusement park, you may end up fighting with each other over what to do first, and next. If you spend a little time to find out your options, you can pick and decide the things you are most interested in and not waste time on things you are not. No matter what you do, there is so many attractions here you just can’t get it all done in one day. There are wonderful Knoebels rides, events, Knoebels Cove, even golf and other activities available. So, let’s take a quick peek at some of what Knoebels offers right here:
1. Black Diamond
This ride is based on mine cars traveling through the old haunted coal mines of Pennsylvania. This three-story ride is great to take during the Halloween season, but it’s definitely for those who love spooky fun any time of the year. You will wonder as you travel the length and depths of the old coal mines whether you will be one of the ones who ends up being lucky and escapes, or if you will be trapped in the mine with the ghosts of the old miners who did get trapped there for eternity! Not for the faint of heart, you will have to be a brave soul indeed to traverse the dark corridors of the Black Diamond.
This particle accelerator simulation ride will send you over dips and bumps and throughout this rapid journey you are never quite sure if you will be vaporized or not. For the thrill seeker in all of us, this ride will excite the scientific imagination that lurks deep within all of us and send you over the edge with delight! A ride on the Cosmotron is a futuristic voyage that will make you wonder and go past your usual boundaries into unexplored dimensions.
3. Knoebels Carousel Museum
If you are big into history and carousels, you won’t want to miss this amazing attraction. Dating back to the 1870’s, carousel parts, horses, figures and memorabilia are housed to let those today witness what the old timers had for entertainment in the old days. It was truly a different world back then, but the spirit of those days can be found and experienced here in the Knoebels carousel museum. You cannot help but be fascinated as your hand’s touch and hold objects from now centuries ago and you marvel at the workmanship that went into these items of yesteryear. Truly fascinating for those old enough to think and appreciate it, you have to give it a try to see it yourself. Open to kids of all ages, don’t be afraid to bring the kids there, they will love to see the relics and wonder for themselves about what came before them.
Things to Think About Before Heading Out
Although admission and parking and many aspects of the park are totally free, and always will be, if you are considering taking a trip to Knoebels, you may want to check out their website for great deals and attractive offers that will save even more money on the items that do incur expenses. To ride the rides there are fees, and you will find that the prices are actually quite reasonable by today’s standards for what you are getting.
For Knoebels hours and event times, there is an online calendar available for planning your trip, so when you can schedule your vacation time to fall on specific timeframes for the fun times you really want to enjoy. If you want some fun in the outdoors, head to Knoebels campground for world-class camping fun. Be prepared and find out all you can before you head out the door; reservations make everything go smoothly and you don’t want to leave it all up to the last minute to avoid complications.