Summer is already here (or at least will be eventually), and amusement parks are ready with their rides and attractions for the whole family. Because of an increase in popularity of roller coasters and related rides, the parks' popularity is on the increase. The larger theme parks have responded with larger and faster rides, which have resulted in longer and slower lines.
There are, however, more traditional amusement parks, many of which were family owned and operated, which offer a less high-tech and more relaxed atmosphere.Here are three of these parks.
Parking and park entrance are free. Individual rides are reasonably priced and include a great wooden roller coaster called the "Phoenix" so named because it was resurrected from extinction in San Antonio, Texas. There is a magnificent full-size antique carousel built in 1912-1913 as well as a smaller antique kiddy carousel, a huge Ferris wheel and an antique train ride. The carousel museum and kiddy playground are free.
This was once the site of a logging mill, and there is still evidence of the mills which had provided the industry for the area. The stream that once turned the waterwheels to power the milling machinery now meanders through the park and provide the reason for numerous quaint old foot bridges. Many magnificent old trees offer a rustic, relaxed atmosphere. There are free woodworking demonstrations on the original tools still powered by an old stream traction engine.
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If you are tired of high admission prices and long lines in
sweltering heat, visit one of these parks and experience the pride
and friendliness which is often lacking in a high-tech environment.
Bob Stuhmer is a graphic artist and illustrator as well as an avid amusement park enthusiast. His other love is antique carousels for which he arranges and punches music rolls. Learn more about carousel music at: