Pennsylvania has several great family-friendly amusement parks and one of them is called Knoebels which is centrally located in the state in Elysburg, PA. Every year thousands of people flock to this amusement park because it has no admission fees. That's right, you can walk around the park and just pay for the rides you or the kids get on.
Knoebels has all kinds of amusement rides! You will find rides for adults, for the kids and everyone in between! Throughout the park you will find your classic carnival style games, gift shops and various eateries where you can grab a quick bite to eat.
Located on the grounds is Crystal Pools where you can the family can enjoy a fun time in the sun swimming around in their gigantic pool, taking a ride down the water slides, jump off the diving boards or let the children splash around in the kiddie pool.
Love the game of gold? You will find the Three Ponds Golf Club nearby which is an 18 hold beautifully landscaped golf course. You can play just one game or buy an affordable membership if you live nearby or plan on visiting the golf course often.
There are several lodging options nearby including Knoebels Park Campground, Lake Glory Campground, Knoebels Cottages and the beautiful Latorre House Bed & Breakfast is located near the entrance to the park. There are not a TON of lodging options in the area, so I do suggest you call ahead and make reservations well in advance, especially during the busy months of June, July and August.
The hours of operation vary but typically the park opens in April (weekends only) and closes in early November (weekends) for the season. You can view their entire operation schedule online. If inclement weather...call ahead to make sure they are open.
When visiting the park...you will be doing a LOT of walking so make sure you wear comfortable shoes and wear appropriate clothing for the season. Avoid wearing flip-flops or sandals that can easily fall off your feet or cause you to trip. Always bring a light jacket and an umbrella in case a rain shower or storm moves in.
We had a great time bringing the kids up to Knoebels Amusement Resort and plan on visiting again later this Fall. Everyone enjoyed themselves and we found that Knoebels is one of the MOST affordable amusement parks in the state. In addition, they are hosting a Halloween event in the Fall so make sure you grab that information from their web site and plan a visit before winter sets in. You can learn more by visiting Knoebels Amusement Resort online.