September 8, 2011

The Park that Time Forgot

Here in the Northeast, we've been inundated with rain, rain, rain. It's raining as I speak, and not just a sprinkle. It's to the point that our town is asking folks not to flush toilets because the sewer system is taxed to its limit (TMI: yuck!).

Fortunately on Labor Day, we were able to fit in a trip to our favorite amusement park, Knoebel's Grove.  I grew up about 10 miles from there, and my mom and aunts used to take us kids there quite often in summer.  It's been dubbed "the park where time stands still" because it hasn't really changed in the 75 years it's been open.
The original Carousel, from 1926
Admission is free (!!) and you pay as you go with tickets, which is great for moms and dads who don't go on many of the rides.  And the park itself is shady and criss-crossed by creeks (which sadly, have flooded the park this week), making it cool and comfortable even on the hottest days.
Soren loves Knoebel's, particularly the ball pit, as you can see by his delightful expression.
The kiddie cars and Spanish Bambini carousel are hits too.
There are two trains, one that circles the kiddie rides.  I love comparing these two photos of Soren, the first from this weekend, and the second from last year.
We had a great time in "the park that time forgot."
If you're ever near north central PA, you definitely need to make a stop at Knoebel's (pronounced with a hard "K").  You won't be disappointed!

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