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Sky-High Rides and Shortcakes: Knoebels Amusement Resort


It is a rare thing in today’s day and age to encounter a place that feels both new and exciting, but also nostalgic. In Issue 84 of American Lifestyle magazine, we pay a visit to Knoebels Amusement Resort, a mainstay in the central Pennsylvania town of Elysburg, where thousands flock each summer for delicious food, fantastic thrill rides, and memories that will last a lifetime.


An excerpt from “Sky-High Rides and Shortcakes: Knoebels Amusement Resort

Over the years, we’d heard a lot about Knoebels, and what we’d repeatedly heard were rave reviews. Our friends told us stories about how it’s unlike any other amusement park. Now that we were pulling onto Knoebels Road, we were about to find out for ourselves. I immediately noticed how much ground there is, even before we got near the park. It made sense because, when John Salter first purchased the land all the way back in 1775, it included 292 acres. In 1828, the Reverend Henry Hartman Knoebel brought it into his family when he bought the plot for $931, and the reverend’s grandson, Henry, led it in the direction of amusements—which we would soon be enjoying.

As we followed the line of traffic, the expanse of the parking area unfolded before us. Sandra let out “Wow” when she saw the number of vehicles; there had to have been thousands. We were led to a grassy area to park—without paying, as it turns out; Knoebels doesn’t charge for parking. Laura said, “I know I’m going to like this already,” and we got out to start our adventure.


To read more about all of the delicious eats, exciting rides, and family-fun Knoebels has to offer, download “Sky-High Rides and Shortcakes: Knoebels Amusement Resort” from Issue 84 of American Lifestyle magazine.