Day Trip Destination: Knoebels Amusement Resort

Happy Fathers Day to all the fathers out there and this week’s destination has some special gifts for dads. Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pennsylvania is this week’s day trip destination. If you are looking to go to an amusement park, but the admission prices are holding you back, Knoebels may be for you.

Free admission amusement park

While it is a two-hour drive from Chambersburg, Knoebels is America’s largest free-admission amusement park that also includes: free entertainment, free picnic areas, and free parking.

While there is a lot you can enjoy for free, you do have to pay for the rides. If you are only planning on a few rides, you could buy a ticket book for as low as $5.00. When my wife and I go, we normally get passes for the boys and get a ticket book that we share.

Day passes for children under 48″ are $32 and a regular pass is $48.

If rides aren’t your thing, they also have a pool and slides, with very affordable rates as well. Golf is another option you will find at Knoebels. They have both mini golf ($5 for 18 holes) and a full golf course.

About the park

In 1828, Reverend Hartman Henry Knoebel purchased a plot of land in central Pennsylvania, known then as “Peggy’s Farm.” That land was eventually passed down to his grandson, of the same name. There, the younger Henry developed a lumbering and sawmill business.

Running through the center of the land, Roaring Creek, drew the attention of local townsfolk looking for a place to relax and cool off on hot summer days. While the locals enjoyed creek side picnics and jumping off the covered bridge into the swimming hole below, Ole Hen saw an opportunity.

He offered to feed and care for the horses parked on his farm for 25¢. The swimming hole soon sparked an idea for the enterprising Henry. In November of 1925, he began construction on a large pool, in the same location where the Crystal Pool resides today.

On July 4, 1926, Knoebels officially opened. The park’s first attractions were the Crystal Pool, marry-go-round, and a few food stands.