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Knoebels Amusement Park - A Day of Fun

Updated on March 12, 2015

Knoebels Grove Amusement Park - A Great Day for Everyone!

If you are looking for a great family amusement park, check out Knoebels Grove. Located in Elysburg, PA, Knoebels Amusement Park is ideal for families or anyone looking for a great, affordable day. Enjoy the theme park rides, top rated roller coasters, a spring-fed swimming pool with water rides, and a Haunted House that has been featured on the Discovery Channel.

Plenty of free parking, great food, and beautiful mountain scenery. Pay one fee to ride all day, or buy your tickets for each ride.

Knoebels - A Great Family Park

Not for adults only!

Knoebels Amusement Park is a fantastic place to take little ones. The Park has a special "Kiddie Land" with a large variety of rides and activities that are age appropriate for young ones. And the nice part is since you do not have to pay a fee just to walk into the park, you can take your time and just let the kids enjoy the area.

A playland is located near the ice cream stand (how convenient!). When everyone needs a timeout, you can just let the kids climb and run around in that area.

Caution: There are two exit points in the play area. Don't think that you can stand by the entrance to make sure your child does not wander away.

Other park activities suitable for young children include the swimming pool, the train ride that covers 1.5 miles through a wooded area, and of course the cotton candy!

You can find a variety of food pavillions and stands. Selections range from sausage sandwiches to buffalo burgers. The Alamo Restaurant offers a place to sit down indoors and relax.

The food offered at Knoebels is tasty and affordable.

I have been going to Knoebels since I was a child. And I still love going there! Each time is like a new experience.

Thanks to Joe Rollerfan for the Carousel shot! / CC BY-NC 2.0

Wooden Roller Coasters

Two of the best wooden coasters!

Knoebels has two wooden coasters; the "Phoenix" and the "Twister".

The Phoenix Roller Coaster was originally built in 1947 and was located in Playland Park, San Antonio. It was known as "The Rocket".

Dick Knoebel purchased and relocated the classic wooden coaster in 1984. Coaster enthusiasts can continue to enjoy one of the best wooden roller coasters in the country.

The Twister is based on the "Mister Twister" ride that was located in Denver. Knoebels tried to relocate the original ride, but did not have the space in the park for it. So, instead, Knoebels purchased the blueprints and rebuilt the roller coaster, modifying the layout to fit the space that was available. The mathematical model of the coaster was preserved.

Photo is the Twister Coaster photographed from the skyride. / CC BY-NC 2.0

Phoenix Roller Coaster - Roller Coaster Video

Want to see a video of the Phoenix? Watch this and get a good look at that first drop!

Knoebels Haunted House Attraction - Great for Halloween!

The Haunted Mansion was built after the 1972 Hurricane Agnes flood. It opened in 1973 and still continues to receive awards. The design is the typical dark car ride with different displays and effects. Lots of fun. I would not recommend taking little ones in. The Mansion is pitch black inside. I found out through experience that the little ones are very frightened of the darkness.

Halloween Happenings at Knoebels Amusement Park - October 2010 Events in Elysburg


Halloween at Knoebels

Look what is happening this October! Don't miss these spooky events!

Hallo-Fun happens in October. Dates for this year have not been announced yet.

Experience the excitement of riding one of the coasters in the dark, or ride the Halloween Express via the Pioneer Train. Plenty of fun things for all ages.

Haunted House Ride DVD - Knoebels Has an Award Winning Haunted House

The Haunted House ride at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA has been thrilling dark ride fans for over 30 years. In this new DVD from Laff In The Dark, you'll walk the track through the eerie corridors of this classic ride on a guided tour led by Knoebels Haunted House Supervisor Dave Wynn. Also featured are interviews with park president Dick Knoebel who shares details about the design and construction history of the Haunted House, and John Fetterman, designer of Knoebels Twister coaster and one of the first Haunted House ride operators. You'll also learn about the cars and sound effects AND take two full rides - first, in the dark and then with the lights on.

Knoebels Haunted House DVD Video Tour

Take a peak at one of the clips from the Knoebels Haunted House DVD Video Tour.

Knoebels Grove Park Video

In this video, you get a feel for the park. A very clean park that is slow paced and relaxing. You can actually just sit on a bench and enjoy the mountain view or people watching!

Knoebels Has Great Food

The food is very good and affordable at Knoebels. But, remember that tables are available if you want to have a family picnic while visiting Knoebels.

Where is Elysburg, PA? - Knoebels Amusement Park is Easy to Find

Use google maps to locate Knoebels Amusement Park. Very easy to find and a very beautiful drive.

391 Knoebels Blvd. Elysburg, PA 17824

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Learn More about Knoebels Amusement Resort

The park will be opening soon. So be sure to save a day or two to visit one of the best amusement parks in the country.

Have you visited Knoebels yet?

Any Knoebels Grove Fans?

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    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      I've heard so many people talk about Knoebels since I live in southeast PA, but have never been there. We have to make this a place we visit with the children! : )

    • Lady Lorelei profile image

      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Oh so nicely displayed...there is just nothing else as fun for kids as an amusement park :)

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      My husband has visited Knoebels many times and it's legendary in Eastern Pennsylvania as a homey, affordable and fun place to take the family. I'm hoping to take my grandkids there one day. Lensrolled to my Paragon Park and PA lenses ... thumbs up!

    • Laura Schofield profile image

      Laura Schofield 

      8 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      What fun this place sounds like. I wrote a lens on our local kids amusement park (the last of its kind in Chicago) that was torn down this year to make way for a Costco. Ours (Kiddieland) was also there since the Great Depression, with several generations of visitors. You can see my tribute page to Kiddieland at .

      I lensrolled this to my Kiddieland page and have favorited it - Chicago isn't THAT far away from Pennsylvania: my kids would a weekend trip like this!

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      8 years ago

      I haven't visited yet but your lens makes me want to. I especially love the videos and photos

    • RhondaAlbom profile image

      Rhonda Albom 

      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Looks like a fun park. I would have dropped the video camera on the second big drop! This lens Blessed by a Squidoo Angel (if you want, you can add your link at Angel Blessings from Pukeko)

    • JuneMary LM profile image

      JuneMary LM 

      9 years ago

      I enjoyed this lens! Lovely pictures - the slide presentation is really clever- must learn how to do that. The Flying Chairs is the highest you''ll get me off the ground though without wings and an engine!

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image


      9 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Fun Amusement Park! Have to put it on the list. This park reminds me of Knots Berry Farm with the wooden roller coasters. :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      9 years ago from United States

      I love amusement parks and this looks like a lot of fun!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 

      9 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Definitely a fun place! Never heard of it but it certainly looks like it's worth a visit, especially for those roller coasters!

    • lakern26 lm profile image

      lakern26 lm 

      9 years ago

      I've never heard of this park, but it sounds like a lot of fun! We're amusement park fans, so I'm very interested in checking this one out. Fived, faved, and lensrolled to my California's Disneyland Resort lens!

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      9 years ago

      Looks like a very fun park!


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