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Why You Need to Visit Knoebels

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Everything you need to know to have fun at the best kept secret in central Pennsylvania: Knoebels Amusement Park!

Remember the good ‘ole days when everything was carefree, family oriented and enjoyable? Honestly, my family has really been in need of some “good ‘ole days” lately. Quality time together lately has been at a premium.

To combat our problem, we took a little road trip recently to Knoebels. Knoebels reminded us of everything that was good in our childhood.

Knoebel's Entrance

Knoebels Amusement Park in Elysburg, Pennsylvania just celebrated it’s 90th birthday on July 4, 2016! On any given day, you will still find members of the Knoebels family throughout the park, as it is a family-owned amusement park and there are no plans to change that.

Many of my friends had never heard of it before when I posted pictures on my Instagram of our visit, however we’ve been talking about a visit for years.

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Why You Need to Visit Knoebels

Why You Need to Visit Knoebels

The affordability

Affordable is usually a word that does not describe an amusement park. But, with free admission and free parking, you are already ahead when you step foot on Knoebels’ grounds.

Depending on your level of thrill, you can choose to buy an all day pass, an all day pass with coasters or just buy a few tickets for the rides you would like to go on. How awesome is that?

Plus, the prices are more than half the price of other amusement parks I have been to!

Why You Need to Visit Knoebels

The Rides


There are over 63 rides to enjoy at Knoebels! My family loved that we were able to enjoy all the rides together. The only ride my kids were too big for were the hand cars.

If they needed to go on with an adult, we were happy to go with them because they were rides that were appropriate for guests big or small – like the award winning bumper cars or the log flume.

Why You Need to Visit Knoebels

So many of the rides throughout Knoebels had such a rich history associated with them! The beautiful Grand Carousel was built in 1913 and has been voted #1 as the “Best of the Best” in the amusement industry! Or the Looper, which was the last of it’s kind in the United States!

Why You Need to Visit Knoebels

Why You Need to Visit Knoebels


The Haunted House


The Haunted House is an extra fee to the ride all day pass, however it was well worth it. The kids insisted on joining us, but they got a good fright (and we got a good laugh). I wish my pictures would have come out better, but it was too dark and quick for me to get any shots. Besides, I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprises!

My friend told us he thought it was the best Haunted House on the whole east coast!

Why You Need to Visit Knoebels

The Food

While you are able to bring your own food and drinks into Knoebels, I highly recommend you enjoy some of their delicious, award-winning food as well! Throughout the park, there are options for full service dining, snacks or counter service.

Before we left, we thought about packing food for our trip, but after looking at the menus online, found it would be cheaper and easier to just purchase food in the park! We did counter service toward the back of the park.

Why You Need to Visit Knoebels

We enjoyed 2 Pulled Pork sandwiches, a hoagie, 3 hot dogs, disco fries, zombie fries, a grilled cheese sandwich and chicken fingers, plus drinks and we spent less than $50 for 8 people. And it was no wonder the food at Knoebels was award winning because it was some of the most delicious food!

Why You Need to Visit Knoebels

Why You Need to Visit Knoebels

We really loved our time at Knoebels and are trying to plan another trip back. With campgrounds all around the park, we thought that would be a fun bonus! It was a pretty crowded day when we went, but with the park’s 45 acres and layout we found that you never had to wait very long for anything or felt cramped!

Also, the vibe of Knoebels is very laid back and relaxed. You didn’t feel rushed, stressed or harried and for us that was a big reason why we enjoyed ourselves so much!

Why You Need to Visit Knoebels

Why You Need to Visit Knoebels

Julia’s review of Knoebels: 

Why You Need to Visit Knoebels

My family was provided with complimentary passes to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. 

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Debbie Mays

Sunday 21st of August 2016

My husband grew up near knoebels; it's a great park. The roller coasters are awesome - the Phoenix is my favorite. The bumper cars are the best ever; and the motor boats you can drive are one of a kind. The reviewer didn't even mention the Crystal Swimming Pool and water slides. The pool is a great place to cool off on a hot summer day. Wonderful family oriented; family owned place to spend a day or more.

Dave

Sunday 21st of August 2016

Nice review of a great park. One other thing I think is worth mentioning; if you purchase ride tickets and don't use them all that day, you can use them another time - THEY NEVER EXPIRE! Even year to year, they honor those tickets. Try that at any large amusement park. The Knoebel family knows how to run an amusement park properly; the way no corporate conglomerate can.

Crista Wells

Sunday 21st of August 2016

We have been going to Knoebels since I was a little kid. Now we take me kids every year. They look forward to the Sklooosh.

Renate

Sunday 21st of August 2016

Flying turns

Codi Lynn

Friday 29th of July 2016

This looks like such a fun place, your smiles give it all away! I'd love to take my kids when they are older, that free parking and admission makes it a no brainer