Elysburg, Pa USA

Knoebels Amusement Park opened on July 4, 1926, and is the largest Free-Admission, Free-Parking, and Free-Entertainment park in the United States.  The park is located in Elysburg Pennsylvania and features 63 rides from thrill to kiddie, 22 food stands, and seasonal entertainment throughout the summer and winter months.

This article last updated on January 29, 2021.

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About Knoebels

Knoebels Amusement Park is a family-owned and operated Amusement Park, picnic grove, and campground in Elysburg, Pennsylvania. The park opened on July 4, 1926, it is America’s largest free-admission park. The park has more than 60 rides including three wooden roller coasters, one steel roller coaster, a 1913 carousel, and a haunted house ride.

The amusement park is owned and operated by the Knoebel (pronounced kuh-NO-bel) family, who also operate a lumber yard, golf course (Three Ponds), and campground (Lake Glory) in addition to the parks on-site campground.

The park straddles the line between Northumberland and Columbia Counties. The park and rides have won awards from organizations such as Amusement Today, American Coaster Enthusiasts, and the International Association of Amusement Parks and attractions. In 2014, Travel Channel rated Knoebels one of their Top 10 Family Friendly Amusement Parks in the United States.

Admission to the park is free, along with free parking, and free entertainment. Visitors are able to ride the park’s attractions by purchasing either pay-one-price, all-day/unlimited-access wristbands (which are not usually available on weekends, except near the beginning and end of each season), limited-access hand stamps or books of tickets, with hand stamp costs varying depending on the height of the rider. Knoebels has several hand stamp options, such as “Sundown Plan” and “Bargain Nights”, when the park offers discounts on regular ride passes. Knoebels all-day passes do not include the Haunted Mansion or the Crystal Pool, which are additional fees.

Other Amenities

Knoebels offers additional amenities including an in-house sit down restaurant called “The Alamo”, an onsite campground, gift shops, and onsite pool (Crystal Pool), Lazer Tag (Lazor Command), Mini Golf, XD Theater, Museums, Bald Eagle Habitat, Games, Arcades, a vintage Fascination Parlor, Pavilions, and on-site Catering.

The park does not feature onsite hotel lodging but does offer access to Cottages, a nearby Campground is also owned by the family (Lake Glory).


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A rider grabs for the brass ring while riding the Grand Carousel at Knoebels Amusement Resort. (Image from courtesy of Knoebels Amusement Resort).


Antique Cars

Axis (Defunct)

Ball Crawl

Balloon Race

Boat Tag (Defunct)

Black Diamond

Bumper Boats (Defunct)

Bumper Cars


Crazy Sub

Cub Cars




Flying Tigers

Flying Turns


Giant Flume

Giant Wheel

Goin’ Buggy

Grand Carousel

Hand Cars

Haunted Mansion


High Speed Thrill Coaster (Defunct)


Italian Trapeze

Jet Skyfighter

Jet Star (Defunct)

Kiddie Boats

Kiddie Bumper Cars

Kiddie Firetrucks

Kiddie Himalaya

Kiddie Wheel

Kiddie Whip

Kozmo Kurves


Merry Mixer

Motor Boats

Ole Smokey

Over the Top (Defunct)

Panther Cars


Pete’s Fleet


Pioneer Train

Pony Carts


Red Barron


Rockin Tug

Roto Jets

S&G Carousel


Scenic Skyway


Sky Slide

Space Walk

Spanish Bambini


Super Round-Up

Tea Cups


Tumbling Timbers


Umbrella Ride


Whirlwind (Defunct)



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