I had read the reviews before our trip, and I had misgivings from the start. Upon parking in a grass lot and seeing the mish-mash of run-down buildings I was even more unsure. But after entering it seemed less run-down and more charming the more you look. And if you look closely, you can see all kinds of modern technological updates. There are decades of different architecture at work, here, there, and everywhere. Like walking though time. The staff, if a little bored looking, were extremely friendly and helpful. There was a wonderful upstairs buffet with a view of the park. Everything was delicious, and when the waitress saw that my boyfriend's sandles were rubbing him the wrong way, she gave him a band-aid for his foot. Bless her heart. She saved the day.
The food everywhere was fantastic. The taco stand was the best, and very well priced for an amusement park ($2.50 tacos!) Plenty of indoor restaurants and game-rooms to get away from the sun. There was a rainstorm the day we went, and I spent it enjoying playing pool in the upstairs open-air bar, where they had live music in the evening.
The rides were worthwhile. The Cornball Express roller coaster is a must. For a tiny wooden coaster it was a blast. As is walking through Frankenstein's Castle. It was an extra $3.50 to get into the castle, but was hands-down the best walk-though fun/haunted house I've ever been in, and well worth it. The so-called 'beach' however, was not as impressive. Well, maybe it was back in the 1920s when the park opened, but it's only 3 feet deep, so great for kids but not so for adults. The sand is a bit on the gravel-ly side, and only extends into the water about 20 feet or so, then the bottom turns into slippery, slime-covered concrete. They could really stand to truck in some new sand. The other water attractions make up for what the beach lacks. Water slides for older kids, lazy river for adults, and paved squirt park for the little ones (which could stand to have the calcium deposits cleaned off the structures)
So the place DOES need a little love. It needs paint, and maybe a little effort to control their spider population. But the old-fashion-slice-of-Americana-feel more than makes up for it. I definitely will make an effort to go back.
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