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Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park: A Guide with Money Saving Tips

Updated on April 22, 2012

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Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park in Rossville, GA

For families living on a budget, planning a trip to a fun amusement park seems out of the question. Most popular theme parks usually charge between $50-$60 admission for one person and even more money just to park your car. At Lake Winnepesaukah, your family can enjoy a whole day of fun for half that price. And if that couldn't be any better, go ahead and add free parking in there too. So if you are looking for budget-friendly fun for the whole family, I suggest planning a fun summer trip to the historic Lake Winnepesaukah amusement park.

History of Lake Winnepesaukah

Lake Winnepesaukah, nicknamed Lake Winnie, is located right on the Georgia and Tennessee state lines. In fact, their address states Rossville, GA, but you will find their P.O. Box address in Chattanooga, TN. Opening in 1925, Lake Winnie has remained one of the most popular family amusement parks in the Southeast region. Many of the rides that first opened with the park are still fully functional today. With historic rides and the park layout surrounding a beautiful lake, it is easy to see the southern charm of this family oriented amusement park and to understand how it has kept it's popularity over the years.

Lake Winnepesaukah Rides

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Family fun on the Balloon Ride.My boys having fun on the Lady Bugs.Getting dizzy on the Scrambler!Such a good Daddy to ride the Bumble Bees!Taking a spin around the lake in a paddle boat.Cooling off at the Stay and Play Hideaway!My youngest son's favorite ride was the Jumbo Elephants.Enjoying the Parachutes ride!
Family fun on the Balloon Ride.
Family fun on the Balloon Ride. | Source
My boys having fun on the Lady Bugs.
My boys having fun on the Lady Bugs. | Source
Getting dizzy on the Scrambler!
Getting dizzy on the Scrambler! | Source
Such a good Daddy to ride the Bumble Bees!
Such a good Daddy to ride the Bumble Bees! | Source
Taking a spin around the lake in a paddle boat.
Taking a spin around the lake in a paddle boat. | Source
Cooling off at the Stay and Play Hideaway!
Cooling off at the Stay and Play Hideaway! | Source
My youngest son's favorite ride was the Jumbo Elephants.
My youngest son's favorite ride was the Jumbo Elephants. | Source
Enjoying the Parachutes ride!
Enjoying the Parachutes ride! | Source

Amusement Park Rides at Lake Winnepesaukah

Even though Lake Winnie is much smaller than your typical well known amusement parks, the number of rides and attractions more than makes up for it. With almost 40 rides and attractions, this theme park will be a winner with every member of the family.

As you first walk inside the gates, you will notice plenty of kiddie rides to keep the little ones entertained for hours. The best part of the whole park is that all the kiddie rides are located in one designated area, so you are not walking miles with young kids in tow. In fact, most of our time was spent in this section of the park with our two boys who were 3 and 5 years old at the time of our visit. From the Bumble Bees to the Jumbo Elephants, my boys enjoyed each and every ride. A few of them were enjoyed several times over and over!

Scattered throughout Lake Winnepesaukah, you can also find many rides that the whole family can enjoy together. We rode the Carousel, drove Antique Cars, and crossed the lake in Paddle Boats. We also took a fun ride through The Wacky Factory and spent over an hour cooling off at the Stay and Play Hideaway, which is a large playground area with fun water play for the kids. If you plan to stop at this playground, it's a good idea to bring along a towel and extra set of clothes.

For older children and daring adults, there are many thrill rides that Lake Winnepesaukah has to offer. One of the oldest attractions, the Boat Chute, still remains my all time favorite ride. If you don't like getting wet, this ride is definitely not for you. My husband and I also took advantage of the grandparents keeping an eye on the kids and went on our own adventure on the Cannon Ball Roller Coaster and Pipeline Plunge. For a complete list of rides and attractions, refer to the below table.

Amusement Park Rides

Thrill Rides
Family Rides
Kiddie Rides
Boat Chute
Alpine Way
Cannon Ball Roller Coaster
Antique Cars
Bumble Bees
Balloon Ride
Frog Hopper
Bumper Cars
Jumbo Elephants
Kiddie Boats
Ferris Wheel
Kiddie Swings
Paddle Boats
Stay and Play Hideaway
Super Slide
Pipeline Plunge
The Wacky Factory
Sports Cars
Pirate Ship
Tour Train
Sea Warrior
Wacky Worm
Wild Lightnin'
Wave Swinger

Hours of Operation

  • 2012 Season - April 6th to October 31st
  • Days and Hours Vary by Week - Visit Lake Winnie for a complete 2012 calendar and to view a list of special concerts and events.

Ticket and Admission Prices for Lake Winnepesaukah

Here are the prices of admission per person for the 2012 season:

  • Admission and unlimited rides - $26.00
  • Children between 1-2 years - $10.00
  • Adults 65 and older - $10.00
  • Ticket package (includes admission and 14 ride tickets) - $18.00
  • Additional tickets for rides - $1.00 each (rides take 2 to 5 tickets each)
  • Unlimited ride tickets purchased online through the Lake Winnie website - $25.00
  • Special rates for groups of 25 or more - Reserve online or call 1-877-LAKEWIN

A Video Tour of Lake Winnie

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Lake Winnepesaukah Driving Directions

Lake Winnepesaukah:
1730 Lakeview Dr, Rossville, GA 30741, USA

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Money Saving Tips and Discount Days for Lake Winnepesaukah

As you can see from the prices above, Lake Winnepesaukah is a very budget-friendly amusement park for families living on limited funds. Other theme parks I have visited charge double the prices for admission and tack on an additional fee for parking. As if the already low prices weren't enough reason to visit, here are a few more ways to help you save money on your trip.

Money Saving Tips:

  • Pack a picnic lunch. You will find a huge pavilion with lots of picnic tables as soon as you enter the park. Big groups often have a catered lunch provided from the park, but you can usually find an available table which are first come, first served. You are allowed to leave and reenter the park as long as you are wearing your wristband or your hand has been stamped, so you can keep those coolers in the car to prevent hauling them around the park.

  • Purchase tickets online. You can save a dollar on each unlimited ride ticket if you preorder your tickets online. Preordering your tickets also saves you the trouble of waiting in the potential long lines at the admission gate.

  • Invite family and friends to go along with you. If you have more than 25 in your group, you can arrange for a special group rate which can help save money for everyone. You will have to call or go online to arrange this group rate with the park.

Discount Days:

  • Beginning each Thursday on May 3rd through August 9th, you may bring a Sunbeam bread wrapper to receive a $5.00 discount on an unlimited ride ticket. One wrapper per person is allowed so the average family of four can save an extra $20 per visit if everyone has a wrapper.
  • Beginning each Friday on May 4th through August 10th, you may bring an empty or full can of any coke product to receive a BOGO deal. This deal allows you to buy one unlimited ride ticket at full price and one more at half off. One can for every two visitors is allowed so the average family of four can save an extra $26 per visit which equals a free unlimited ride ticket.
  • Beginning the week of May 7th, the local area McDonald's restaurants will offer Lake Winnie coupons for $5 off an unlimited ride pass on designated family days. These days will be on Wednesdays and Fridays starting after the July 4th holiday. Again, this helps the average family of four to save $20 off admission if everyone has a coupon.

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Family Fun on a Budget

With Lake Winnepesaukah amusement park, you can find family fun even on a limited budget. By following some of the above money saving tips, you can easily plan a fun family trip for less than $100.

So if you will be visiting the Tennessee or Georgia area this summer, I encourage you to add this to your list of family activities. You will definitely get your money's worth and your whole family will love it!

I hope the above guide with valuable money savings tips has helped with planning a fun and inexpensive family trip to Lake Winnepesauka amusement park. If you have any comments or questions about this theme park, feel free to leave these in the comment section below. As their slogan says "Come On, Get Happy!" and visit Lake Winnie for a fun family activity this summer!


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      3 years ago

      When are they having the $100.00 per car load again?

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      Alissa Roberts 

      7 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Awesome! You will have the best time! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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      7 years ago

      i'll be there june 20=)

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      Alissa Roberts 

      7 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much prasetio30! I hope you get the chance to visit someday. This amusement park is well worth the money with plenty of rides to keep you entertained for the whole day. Appreciate you stopping by and for the votes!

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      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice review about Lake Winnepesaukah Amusement Park. I'll visit this place while traveling to USA one day. I really enjoy your family pictures as well. Thanks for share with us. Voted up and awesome!


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      Alissa Roberts 

      7 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi teaches12345! It really is a great deal for the price. The park is super clean and the lines are not outrageously long like at other theme parks. We loved it - hope you get the chance to visit sometime! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Alissa Roberts 

      7 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Hi Dusty! So happy to see someone from TN! The last time I visited Lake Winnie was in 6th grade so it was amazing to see how much it had grown when we took our boys this past September. They have been begging to go back ever since. And yes the Cannon Ball is awesome too - definitely my 2nd favorite ride! Appreciate you stopping by and for your comments!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      This parks offers a lot for the price. What a great del for a family outing. Your suggestions will come in handy for those who plan on attending the park. Wish I could be there now.

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      Dusty Snoke 

      7 years ago from Chattanooga, TN

      Hello, fellow Tennessean. I live in Chattanooga and have spent many a day at Lake Winnepesauka. It is a great place to go. My favorite ride is (of course) the Cannon Ball. There is nothing like an old wooden roller coaster. Thanks for bringing back all the memories.


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