Category Archives: History of Amusement Parks

The Amusement Parks of My Childhood

Where these amusement parks once stood, we now have luxury condos, luxury townhouses and luxury hi-rises. Continue reading

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Theme Parks: The Unusual, the Outrageous and the Outright Awful

Weird theme parks, past, present and future. Continue reading

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How Amusement Parks Became Theme Parks

It took another wave of prosperity, the one following WWII, to start a new flurry of amusement park openings. Continue reading

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American Pioneers of Amusement, Part 2: The Fearless Frogman, a Collector of Human Oddities and a Roller Coaster Engineer

One built amusement parks, one added the side show and one created the coasters. Continue reading

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American Pioneers of Amusement, Part 1

The creator of Steeplechase Park and the man who gave the Ferris wheel its name. Continue reading

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The Early Rides: Lots of Thrills and Surely Some Spills

Race around Coney Island on the Steeplechase and experience the Blowhole Theater. Continue reading

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Before There Were Amusement Parks

The predecessors of amusement parks range from beer gardens to world expositions. Continue reading

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