Nostalgia is heavy in the air at Knoebels Amusement Resort, where the old-fashioned rides and secluded woodland setting evokes sweet memories of childhood. Knoebels is America’s largest free admission, free parking amusement park and features top-rated roller coasters, more than 50 rides and attractions, and a delicious variety of foods.
In September 2017, Knoebels was awarded several “Golden Ticket” awards from Amusement Today and was recognized as one of the top amusement parks in America. Knoebels received honors for having the top Grand Carousel in the world. The “Phoenix” retained the #2 spot in the “Best Wooden Coaster” category. USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice has ranked the park as one of the top destinations in Pennsylvania.
The park was also recently named the “Favorite Traditional Amusement Park” in the country and the “Best Park for Families” by the National Amusement Park Historical Association’s (NAPHA) annual Amusement Park and Attractions Survey. Roller coaster enthusiasts love the iconic wooden coasters as well as the park’s newest thrill ride – The Impulse. “Flying Turns” is another must-do ride, as it is the world’s only wooden bobsled roller coaster. Go freewheeling around hairpin turns and feel the wind whipping though your hair!
Knoebels also offers swimming, camping, and an 18-hole golf course. The park is located directly off Route 487 in Elysburg.
Every year when the crisp fall winds begin to blow and Halloween approaches, Knoebels transforms into a spooktacular place for ghosts and ghouls of all ages. For the fall of 2017, Knoebels will be open during the Covered Bridge & Arts Festival (October 5-8) and also October 13–15, 20–22, and 27–29 for their annual Hallo-Fun Weekends.
Ricketts Glen State Park is one of the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania. Once slated to become a National Park, this large State Park is comprised of 13,050 acres in Luzerne, Sullivan, and Columbia counties.
Ricketts Glen harbors the Glens Natural Area — a National Natural Landmark. Hike the Falls Trail System to explore the glens, which boasts a series of wild, free-flowing waterfalls, each cascading through rock-strewn clefts in this ancient hillside.
The 94-foot Ganoga Falls is the highest of 22 named waterfalls. Old growth timber and diverse wildlife add to the beauty. The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. Please contact the park office for seasonal information and specific hours of park operation. Proper footwear and advance preparation is required before planning to hike the Falls Trail System.
Contrary to its name, Bill’s Old Bike Barn is not simply a motorcycle-lovers haven – it is an experience for everyone young and old. Experience an overwhelming array of antiques from around the world. Enjoy pristine collections of motorcycles and bike memorabilia, military displays, rare posters and signs, and MANY more items spanning a jaw-dropping 50,000+ square feet of world antique history and bike memorabilia.
Little ones are invited to use their imagination and make new discoveries through hands-on learning at The Children’s Museum. The Children’s Museum hosts a variety of camps, clubs and classes for all ages at its Seventh Street location in Bloomsburg. It also showcases over 50 hands-on exhibits, games and activities for visitors to explore science, history and the arts.
Enjoy a day of horseback riding at Brace’s Stables in the beautiful northern stretches of Columbia County. Visitors can choose from the “Creek Ride”, “Mountain Ride”, or “Falls Ride”. The Creek Ride is a beautiful four-mile ride lasting over an hour to Fishing Creek and back, shaded by trees on the trail. The Mountain Ride is their most popular ride. Take this hour and a half trail ride through the mountain, with some of the most scenic views available in the area. The final option, the Falls Ride encompasses an exciting six-mile ride to nearby Sullivan Falls. This popular 2-hour scenic ride is only available once a day at 9:00am. Four or more people are required.
Let your worries fade away at the Art of Floating in Bloomsburg. With five individual tanks, the Art of Floating provides a complete period of relaxation without sensory distractions. With close to 1,000 pounds of epsom salt mixed into 10 inches of water, your body floats effortlessly and relaxes completely. The tanks are a unique environment, completely dark and away from phones, computers, the media, and everyday noise.