Through the early years of this century, Conneaut Lake Park has been the little park that won't die. The park is set on the banks of a lake like many traditional parks. The lake and rides served as a weekend escape in days gone by. The park survives with a dozen classic flat rides and struggles with finances to maintain and run a classic wooden coaster. Stepping into the park is like stepping back in time. There are not a lot of modern amenities at the park, but a friendly staff and dense tree cover provide a relaxed environment.
Conneaut Lake Park is a small park in western Pennsylvania that is on the verge of closing, but continues to operate year after year. The park has about a dozen operating rides, including Blue Streak (an old wooden coaster), Devil's Den (a gravity powered Pretzel dark ride), and one of two remaining Tumble Bugs. However, it is clear that the park is falling apart, and stepping a short distance off the main midway will very quickly show a different side to the place. As it is, the park is a good add-on to a visit to Waldameer, but it really needs some investment to remain in business much longer.
I went to the park, and I was awfully disappointed to learn that the tumble bug was not operating. The Blue Streak was a great picker upper and is certainly worth a couple of rides. The Devil's Den is a great ride. The gum wall is my favorite part. The kiddie land at Conneaut is great for small kids. This is a great park to take kids if you are a parent that worries about admission cost because Conneaut has free admission (unfortunately you still have to pay for rides). The Blue Streak broke down about half-way through my stay. This did not stop the fact that the Blue Streak is a great roller coaster. I firmly believe that it deserves the title ACE ROLLER COASTER LANDMARK!
When I visited, the park was in a sad state of disrepair, with a large number of closed rides and buildings. Yes, it has a "classic" (if you can really call it that) wooden coaster, but it's really only worth riding once for the credit. Other than an old dark ride, there is nothing to recommend about this place. It struck me as a park that should have closed years ago, as it looked really neglected and run down. I love old, classic-style parks, but just cannot recommend this for anything beyond a quick credit stop on the way to somewhere else.
I really love Blue Streak but overall the park needs a lot of work to bring it back to it's glory days. A LOT of WORK. Everything just looks run down. But the park has made recent strides in a tough economy. Get rid of the disgusting gum wall on Devil's Den which is a beekeepers paradise. I also love the fresh made lemonade.
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