Roller coasters, mini golf, kiddie rides, and games await young thrill seekers at Knoebels. Reasonable ride prices and free park admission make the park reasonable entertainment for the family.
Strap in and get ready for some of the best amusement park rides anywhere! Enjoy the Grand Carousel, one of the very few where you can still catch the Brass Ring! Check out our two world-class roller coasters! The Phoenix has been voted the #2 Wooden Coaster in the world! Take a look around and check out all of rides, there's over 50 of them! From 2 to 92 Knoebels has plenty of Fun, Food & Fantasy for everyone!
I'll see you all at Knoebels!
This review is only for the amusement park and not campground.
We love Knoebels! We visited for the second time this year. Last year we visited for one day. This year we decided on two days so we could get in some time for the pool. As many others have mentioned before this is a free admission amusement park. You can either purchase tickets or unlimited ride wristbands (not available on weekends). We like to purchase the wristbands which are available with or without unlimited roller coasters for the children and ticket booklets for the adults to use. If you purchase the tickets from Weis then you can save $4 on $20 booklet. The prices are very inexpensive compared to other amusement parks. They have two roller coasters and another one hopefully opening in 2013 which they have been trying to get open for sometime. Besides the roller coasters there are plenty of other rides for the older children which are thrill rides. There are also a handful of little children and toddler suitable rides. My daughter who is 22 months was able to go on many rides while last year she only went on one or two different rides. There are various shows to watch during the day and plenty of little gift shops. My personal favorite and must-see is the Christmas shop with a frozen ice “North Pole” right outside even in 90 degree weather! There are also several free museums which are the Knoebels Carousel Museum, Knoebels History Museum and Mining Museum. These are awesome to visit in the event of rain. I thoroughly enjoyed learning the history of Knoebels but the children are not so interested. Another attraction at Knoebls is Mini Golf which is an additional fee. We visited the Crystal Pool and we able to take advantage of the Slide & Swim Special after 5pm. They have an awesome kiddie pool section with swings, a slide, water seesaw which I could not wait to take my daughter (22 months) into. My son who is 12 loved the pool and we had a hard time getting him to leave. It was fun to check out but for us was an unnecessary expense because we have similar amenities at the campground where we stay (water slides, water features, etc) but it was nice to experience how Knoebels started out! One of the best things is that they allow you to bring in your own food and drink. They even provide picnic tables at the front to allow you to picnic! We bring a picnic lunch and purchase dinner in the park. This is truly a gem and very often when I speak of Knoebels many have never heard of it. Worth visiting at least once but my family will be visiting every year!
Knoebels is the best, small, family friendly, budget friendly, amusement park out there. We always went there when I was a kid and I wanted my children to experience it, as well. The campground is wonderful. There is easy access to the park and you can head back for a nap midday. Also, I LOVE that admission is FREE. I don't ride many rides and my kids are really big enough to ride everything, so the simple "pay as you ride" system worked great for us. They also have an unlimited ride pass, but we didn't utilize that option this time. I plan to go back again this year!
Knoebels is a fun amusement park, but it is very small! The prices aren't too bad if you only have 1 or 2 children, but with a large family, it can be pretty expensive. I don't like how on the weekends you can't buy a wristband. It's not much fun to limit your children on rides. I'd go to this park again, but I think I'd choose a bigger park first.
We visit knoebles every summer and you can't beat the price and laid back nature of it as compared to other theme parks. Now it might not be as modern, new, or popular, as some places, but that's just what makes it so charming & attractive. The big positive is that admission and parking are free, so you don't have to pay if you don't want to ride anything. They do have some good deals for handstamp days and evenings, or you can just buy books of tickets if you only want to do a few. There is a pool with water slides that is fun if your children are tall enough to go on them. Lots of good kiddie rides, and a must is to end your visit with a ride on the little train through the woods.
I use to come here every summer with my grandparents growing up so when I took my son to visit them, we had to come here. I love how the tickets for rides are "pay as you ride" rather than one large admission price per person.
I've never been camping here but I plan to one of these years. I've heard only good things about the campsite here.
Its always a fun place to go. The prices aren't outrageous and there is always something fun to do. Every time I go back to Pennsylvania, I definitely come here as well. It doesn't hurt that Elysburg is a beautiful town too!
Knoebels Amusement Park is a terrific way to experience the way amusement parks used to be. It's a wonderful park with a lot of character and everyone I know who has been here has vowed to go again.
One of the best things about this park is their "pay as you ride" system, instead of one admission price, like many parks. Being an "amusement park wimp" I know the pain of paying admission and never setting foot on a ride. At Knoebels, you don't ride -- you don't pay. Yay!
There are many rides here, some for little kiddos, some for the older set, and some for the biggest of us. You can also eat, drink and enjoy free entertainment at a variety of places. There's also a plethora of carnival-style games for people who love that kinda stuff. When we went, we brought our own food and took advantage of their picnic grove to eat before we went on the rides (maybe that was not well thought out). But it all worked out well and we had a great time!
Many people I know have camped there (or nearby) and say it adds to the experience. They can stay at the park as long as they like and then relax by the campfire at night. I know the rates are terrific and it may be just the thing to round out what I consider to be a pretty good ride back in time.
My family has been to Knoebels dozens of times. The children love it, and parents don't have to pay admission - which is great when it's really all about the kids. There are a lot of kids' rides, so they can spend an entire day riding and never get bored. The food is good, and not too expensive. Also, they offer free entertainment and there are plenty of benches to rest on throughout the park.
We love family trips to Knoebels. I went every summer when I was a child. They have family friendly activities and all the rides operate on tickets - so no general admission. We save so much by going there. One of the highlights of our trip is a ride on the Phoenix Rollercoaster (awesome when it just rains!) and the new Twister wood coaster. Their fudge is to die for and we always make sure we get some! You will love this trip!
If you’ve ever wondered what happened to the traditional amusement parks you remember from your own childhood, head to Knoebels (pronounced with a hard “k”). This park got its start at the turn of the twentieth century, when Henry Hartman Knoebel charged 25 cents to water, feed, and brush the horses that brought groups to swim on his property. After a few years he added picnic tables and sold ice cream and other snacks to the visitors. A pool, overnight cottages, and a carousel were added in 1926. By the 1940s Knoebels had graduated to an amusement resort.
At present Knoebels offers fifty rides (including two world-class roller coasters, the Phoenix and the Twister), a huge swimming pool, and many rides, especially for the younger set. There are several restaurants, snack bars, and picnic areas as well as a collection of shops and regularly scheduled entertainment. All of this is nestled among natural streams and shady hemlock trees that keep the temperatures here a good 10 degrees lower than elsewhere in the area.
If this sounds like too much for a day trip, stay the night—or longer—at one of 500 campsites and log cabins. Cabins sleep six and have electricity. Call (570) 672– 9555 for campground information.