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Conneaut Lake Park
Pennsylvania
In 1877, a humble boat landing was constucted on Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania’s largest natural lake. Colonel Frank Mantor, a visionary, discovered and purchased the property and convinced investors from the Pittsburgh, Shenango, and Lake Erie Railroad to extend the railroad li...
Chippewa Lake Park
Ohio
In the 1880s, Oscar Townsend and the Cleveland, Lorain, & Wheeling Railroad developed a prosperous vacation resort, eventually called "Chippewa Lake Park," on the banks of Ohio's largest natural lake. The Great Depression and extinction of interurban service crippled the park,...
Cedar Point
Ohio
In 1870, Louis Zistel began ferrying passengers from Sandusky to the Cedar Point Peninsula's beer garden and sandy beaches. In 1888, the Grand Pavilion was built, housing a massive theatre, bowling alley, photographic studio, and kitchen, and shortly thereafter, the resort's f...
Willow Grove Park
Pennsylvania
Willow Grove Park illustrates the fascinating history of one of America’s most famous amusement parks. Willow Grove Park was built in 1896 as a way of encouraging people to ride the trolley on weekends. This ingenious concept proved a remarkable success, and the park set the s...
Weeki Wachee Springs
Florida
Mermaids are like leprechauns: it’s very hard to sneak up and catch a glimpse of one. But in a hamlet on the Gulf Coast of Florida, people have been able to do just that since 1947, when Newton Perry opened a small roadside attraction with an underwater theater. For nearly 60 ...
The Golden Age of Roller Coasters in Vintage Postcards
Ohio
The Roller Coaster-the Cyclone at Coney Island, the Racer at Pittsburgh's Kenywood Park, the Blue Streak at Sandusky's Cedar Point-icon of the midway, capable of reducing even the strongest of grown men to screaming, white-knuckled hysterics. During the early decades of the ...
Savin Rock Amusement Park
Connecticut
Savin Rock Amusement Park began to grow in the 1870s when George Kelsey constructed a pier to extend ferry service between the opposite coastlines of New Haven Harbor. This opened the door for further, more sophisticated development of amusement attractions that drew fun seeki...
San Francisco's Aquatic Park
California
Aquatic Park has long been the place where San Franciscans and tourists alike go to enjoy an authentic maritime experience. Along Hyde Street Pier and the sandy strip of beach near the Maritime Museum, this area was once called Black Point Cove. It now hosts a dramatic array o...
Rochester's Lakeside Resorts and Amusement Parks
New York
The period from 1884 to 1926 was the heyday of the trolley lines, the height of steam travel, and the peak of interest in the “back to nature” movement. It was a time for spiritual renewal, when society was encouraged to enjoy family activities in the fresh air. Resorts served...
Riverview Amusement Park
Illinois
Every summer from 1904 to 1967, for 63 years, Riverview—the world’s largest amusement park—opened its gates to millions of people from all walks of life. For three generations, the Schmidt’s family park offered rides, shows, food, and music to men, women, and especially childr...
Palisades Amusement Park
New Jersey
High atop the Palisades cliffs in the boroughs of Cliffside Park and Fort Lee once stood the home of the famous Cyclone roller coaster, the Tunnel of Love, and the world’s largest outdoor saltwater pool. The place was called Palisades Amusement Park, and even today, several de...
Ohio's Amusement Parks
Ohio
By 1912, there were 54 amusement parks in Ohio. The parks came in all sizes, and featured such attractions as the Flying Ponies carousel, the Chute-the-Chutes water ride, and the Cyclone, Racer, and Dip-the-Dips roller coasters. Some, like Cleveland's White City, seemed to b...
Marineland
Florida
Marine Studios made history on June 23, 1938, when over 30,000 people crowded a quiet stretch of Florida coastline near St. Augustine to witness sea life, as it had never been seen before—through 200 underwater portholes. Developed by three innovative entrepreneurs with ties t...
Marineland
Florida
Marineland boasts a rich history.
Hunt's Pier
New Jersey
With the completion of the Garden State Parkway and a prospering society’s increased mobility in the years following World War II, the Wildwoods transitioned from a remote barrier island along the southern New Jersey coast to a vacation mecca. Featuring free bathing beaches, s...
 
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