Yesterday I started telling you about our quick vacation to Erie PA and Niagara Falls, NY. I felt like the post was getting too long, so I decided to break up our Erie part into two posts. It didn’t feel like we did as much as we did when I went back and tried to blog about it. I guess the fact that we were having fun and just sort of relaxing and doing our own thing made it feel less hectic?
After seeing the second lighthouse, we decided it was time to go to the amusement park. One cool thing is that on your way in and out of the state park, you drive UNDER part of one of the roller coasters. Blake thought this was the coolest thing and wanted to do it again, but we never had another reason to go back into the state park. So, it didn’t happen on this trip.
Waldameer Park & Water World is the fourth oldest amusement park in the PA and the 10th in the nation. (Ok so I had to look it up… Lake Compounce in CT is the oldest in the US). We also learned that Waldameer is/was known as a trolley park. These were parks that were built on trolley lines to motivate people to use the lines on the weekends. (Coney Island was also a trolley park). … yes I’m a dork who looks up this kind of information (and not just to fill my blog posts, I knew about this before typing today).
The way Waldameer is set up, you can buy all day passes or purchase points. You do not have to pay to enter the park or to park for that matter. We decided to purchase all day passes, but just got the amusement park side. We already know we have to go back and do the water park. The boys weren’t happy we skipped it this time. The park is open May- September AND it didn’t open until 12:00. That part we found really strange. You can also enter and exit the park as often as you’d like since there was no charge for parking or admission. So we took advantage of this feature.
We went into the park and rode quite a few rides. There were a lot of classic amusement park rides here. The boys love going on many of these including the spider, scrambler, bumper cars and Music Express (a Matterhorn style ride).
They also rode all the roller coasters.
And the newer style rides
We left the park to go check into our hotel, have dinner and then came back and stayed until the park closed.
As we were getting into the car, I realized that I’d lost my phone… eek! Luckily it was turned in at lost and found. Unfortunately we realized later in the trip that Richard probably lost his camera there as well. We stopped back on our way home to Pittsburgh on Sunday, but they didn’t have that in lost and found. Oops… guess we have to buy him a new water proof camera. (the missing camera made pictures on Saturday a bit more difficult, but more on that tomorrow)