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Review: Lakemont Park in Altoona PA

lakemontparkcaptureCapture from Lakemont Park’s website – click it to go there. Going through bad economic times, like everyone else SWB was looking for a great place to take his family for the 4th Of July.

We had know about Lakemont Park for a while, but never visited. This year we went. The 4th Of July deal is $5 ride-all-day. It was well worth it.

If you are not familiar, or never noticed Lakemont on one of WQED’s specials, it is a traditional family picnic park. Don’t go running there thinking you are getting a miniature Kennywood – your aren’t. Think over-sized carnival. It does hold one of the original and longest running wooden roller coasters in the world (click here for the park’s history), and a nice traditional wooden roller coaster – along with a great collection of rides the whole family can enjoy. The promotions in the park are truly amazing.

Although small, Lakemont is really worth the drive due to the perks below:

  • It’s Clean ….. it’s REALLY clean. I would eat off their sidewalks, even at the end of the day.
  • It’s extremely family oriented – there are even several model railway train displays to view.
  • People bring in their own chairs, tents, and grills (I even spotted a few people bringing in smokers) – no kidding.
  • Paddle Boats are included in the ride-all-day ticket. You have to wait a long while, but then again you don’t have to pay an hourly fee.
  • Everything is very accessible in the park for large, small, and handicapped.
  • The promotions and pricing and geared to bringing you back more than once per summer.
  • You can easily enjoy this park for under $50 for a family of four.

In our opinion, Lakemont Park made our 4th Of July, and we will keep supporting them so others can experience the same.

Lakemont will be listed on SWB Recommends.

-SWB

PS – you gotta get the jumbo corn dogs … really!

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  1. July 7, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Hi SWB:

    Thanks for the GREAT review.

    Out staff pride themselves on keeping our park safe, clean & affordable.

    The 4th was FANTASTIC! We had a huge turnout and a great fireworks display to end the night.

    Please stop in at the office on your next visit and introduce yourself. I will treat you to one of those jumbo corn dogs!

    Barry Kumpf
    General Manager
    Lakemont Park

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