5 Must-Dos at Knoebels Amusement Park

Monday, August 4, 2014
Two weeks ago we visited Knoebels Amusement Park, and although it wasn't our first visit to Knoebels, we enjoyed a few firsts on this particular visit. Knoebels is located in Elysburg, Pennsylvania, about an hour northeast of Hershey. The drive there is a scenic one and provides plenty of pretty views of the mountains that we don't see here in coastal New Jersey.

What I love most about Knoebels is that, as amusement parks go, it's on the smaller side and there is no general admission cost. You pay per ride. There is also the option of purchasing a day pass for unlimited rides, but it's available Monday through Friday only. I can't tolerate many of the rides that I could as a child, so this type of pricing works well for me. It's also great for grandparents who may want to experience all the fun with the family but have no desire to take in the amusement rides.

Once you get to the park, deciding what to do first can be overwhelming. Here are my picks for 5 must-dos at Knoebels Amusement Park.

1. Phoenix Roller Coaster
This coaster originated in San Antonio, Texas, and was brought to Knoebels in 1985. This coaster is, hands down, my favorite ride at Knoebels. It's filled with hill after hill, and it's not a jarring roller coaster. It's smooth, and just plain fun. There's a 42" height requirement, and if your children meet that requirement, I recommend that you encourage them to go on it.

2. Twister Roller Coaster
Twister, like Phoenix, is a wooden roller coaster that's ideal for thrill seekers. Twister delights riders with a series of twists, turns, and curves that will literally leave your head spinning.

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3. StratosFear

Strap yourself in and go up 148' in the air. Take in the view but do it quickly because within seconds you plunge 148' to the ground. For the true thrill seeker.

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4. Scenic Skyway
When you need a break from the fast-paced thrill rides, head for the scenic skyway. Think ski lift without the skiing. This 14 minute ride to the top of the mountain and back down again is a delight for your eyes. Enjoy the gorgeous views as you go up and down the valley. I really wanted to take pictures while on this ride but was so afraid that I'd drop my phone. The views were amazing. For those afraid of heights...you are never very far off the ground as it inclines and decline with you.

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5. The Flume
The Flume is a must for any amusement park. What I love about most flume rides is that you get wet and refreshed without getting completely soaked. Knoebels' Flume features two hills and plenty of excitement.

Whether you choose to do my 5 must dos or you create your own itinerary, you are bound to have a bunch of happy faces at the end of the day!

In addition to the amusement park, Knoebels has a full-service campground as well.

What are you waiting for? Starting planning your trip to Knoebels Amusement Park and Campground.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for my visit to Knoebels or to write this post. Just wanted to share my positive experience with my readers.

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