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Elysburg - Knoebels Amusement Resort

391 Knoebels Boulevard

In 2001 Knoebels celebrated its 75th anniversary. While the celebration lasted the entire season, the highlight was a series of special ceremonies held on July 4th of that year. A history book, "Knoebels, An Amusement Park With A Heart" by Harry J. Deitz, was also published that year.

Kozmo’s Play Pool was added to the Crystal Pool complex in 2003 when Knoebels determined that the addition of an interactive kiddie play area would make the pool a more attractive destination to families with small children.

Rides continued to be added on an annual basis leading to Knoebels' next major project, the Flying Turns. After years of research, Knoebels began construction of the Flying Turns in the spring of 2006. Again, the recreation of this classic ride is a complete Knoebels’ project. Working with a John Fetterman design, Knoebels again brought Leonard Adams on board and hired local carpenters and craftsmen. The flood of June 2006 backed the project up but it is expected to open soon. The Flying Turns is a ride of largely wooden construction first built in Dayton, Ohio in 1929 by a company formed by visionary Norman Bartlett and legendary coaster builder John Miller. There were 7 Flying Turns rides built by Bartlett and either Miller or Philadelphia Toboggan Company between 1929 and 1939.

The appeal of this style ride is that the “track” is less restrictive than a regular roller coaster in that the train rides in a trough with no further guide than the curved walls surrounding it. The cars are allowed to freewheel to wherever in the trough centrifugal force guides them. The effect is not unlike that of a Bobsled ride. It is also similar to the sort of daredevil barnstorming carried on by aviation pioneers.


lonnie bixler

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Been going here since I was a kid and it gets better every year. The food is great and good prices. Park free and enter free. You can spend the day just walking around and site seeing but the rides are awesome. If you want to ride just a couple things just buy a couple tickets. Hand stamps for the rides are a great deal. In over 45 years I've never been disappointed with a visit to this park. It truly is a special place.

Nino Cosoleto-Miller

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Awesome amusement park back in the Pennsylvania hinterlands. I've been coming here since I was a very little kid, and for good reason. Great rides, superb food, and above all, incredible value. Whereas most parks in the United States try to squeeze you dry for every miserable penny, Knoebels actually seems to prefer the reverse approach. By providing great entertainment for comparatively almost no expense, Knoebels has cemented its position as one of the best parks in the country. Parking and admission are both completely FREE, unheard of at most locations. You pay for your rides as you go, and nothing costs more than about 4 bucks per ride, and that's at the most expensive. Most rides you can do for about a buck and some change. Food prices are very low for an amusement park as well. The prices compare well with food in any small Pennsylvania town. Because of its insane value, Knoebels always draws a huge crowd, so it's usually pretty packed, but such is life. Most things worth visiting tend to be crowded, as people take notice of them. Long live Knoebels!

Jack Miller

Saturday, March 24, 2018
Great place for the young and old. Lots of shade trees. Free parking and Pavilions. If you want a Pavilion you have to book it in advance, but there's no cost. The only cost are the tickets for the rides and for any food from the many vendors located throughout the park. There are many live shows put on at different times throughout the day which are pretty cool. The kids that do the shows are very talented. Lots of fun rides. You won't be disappointed that's for sure.

C A Wolfe

Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018
Absolutely amazing amusement park! The campground is very nice and well kept. The bathrooms have showers and a coin operated washer and dryer. The park has a great assortment of rides and uses the ticket system so that those who are not riding don't have to waste their money. There are a lot of different foods to choose from. The hand-dipped ice cream and pizza are both great. There's something for everyone. We stay for four days every June and have a great time. Even the little campground store is fun to look around in.

Umair K Niazi

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Great park with good rides for kids. Good thing is parking and admission is free and you only pay for rides you like or you can get day pass. Area is very scenic. Chair lift rides look scary in beginning. Sky wheel is good.Would like to go there again.

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