There are two types of men: Men who enjoy amusement parks, and men who emphatically do not. The latter group is considerably larger than the former and also wrong. Categorically disliking amusement parks is like categorically disliking restaurants or parties. There is such a wide range of options that the blanket statement is ridiculous. This is especially true in America, which boasts an incredible variety of parks. We've got the big ones – Disney, Six Flags, Universal Studios – but we've also got small ones, old ones, weird ones, and unexpectedly beautiful ones. Here are the spots that will change your mind about amusement parks.
Knoebels Amusement Resort, Pennsylvania
A century ago, Pennsylvania was the center of the amusement park universe. Theme parks largely grew out of Pennsylvania Dutch fairs and camps. At Knoebels Amusement Resort, that legacy lives on in hokey haunted houses, 100-year-old carousels, and wooden roller coasters. The park is still family run, and admission is absolutely free. That means that it attracts considerably more locals and has a friendlier, less commercial vibe than many other parks. The place also has notably good food. Try everything, but only after you're done riding the rollercoaster.
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