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Old 09-29-2008, 01:22 PM
 
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Hello! As some of you may know, my boyfriend and I just moved here about six weeks ago from Pittsburgh and have been settling in and adjusting.

One question I have is what would be the nearest amusement park?

I was spoiled in Pittsburgh being less than a few hours away from the nation's top thrill park (Cedar Point) and another renown family park in Pittsburgh's backyard (Kennywood).

After doing some preliminary google work, I seemed to have found a few small parks that are more family-oriented (which is fine!!!) but I was wondering if the Pacific Northwest including Canada had any top-notch thrill parks?

What would be the closest one? We are not interested in water park, if that narrows the options!

Thanks!!
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:27 PM
 
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"Northeast"? You mean Northwest, right? If so, I believe the nearest "thrill" amusement parks might be in southern California and Las Vegas.
Because PA population: ~12.5 million, and WA population: ~6.4 million.
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:29 PM
 
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Whooops, Freudian slip. I miss home, sometimes. I'll edit it!

SoCol and Las Vegas? Yikes, that's not exactly a weekend trip. LOL.
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:35 PM
 
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SoCol and Las Vegas? Yikes, that's not exactly a weekend trip. LOL.
But you could turn it into a 4-day weekend, right?
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:36 PM
 
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I think the nearest amusement park of any note is the Silverwood Theme Park in Athol, Idaho.

Although I've driven by there several times I've never actually stopped there. However, it does bill itself as the largest amusement park in the Pacific Northwest. I imagine it is probably closed for the season by now.

From the Seattle area it is about a 5-6 hour drive.

Giant amusement parks like those found elsewhere in the country have never really caught on here in the Pacific Northwest.

I couldn't tell you why...
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:38 PM
 
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Giant amusement parks like those found elsewhere in the country have never really caught on here in the Pacific Northwest.

I couldn't tell you why...
Too much rust...
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Old 09-29-2008, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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Too much rust...
Yeah, that's it!
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Old 10-01-2008, 05:42 PM
 
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We were spoiled to have so much back in the burgh. Nothing out here that even comes close, missing those potato patch fries? LOL
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Old 10-01-2008, 07:29 PM
 
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I wonder if the lack of amusement parks in the Pacific Northwest has anything to do with so much other outdoor recreation being available.?

Just a thought...
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Old 10-01-2008, 08:10 PM
 
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I wonder if the lack of amusement parks in the Pacific Northwest has anything to do with so much other outdoor recreation being available.?

Just a thought...
Well, actually there were a lot of outdoor activities where I grew up in PA. Although, Kennywood brings back good memories.

In Pgh, we weren't too far from Presque Isle (Lake Erie), Morain State Park, Lake Conneaut, Allegheny National Forest......I did a lot of camping and water skiing. I wasn't big into snow skiing but for those who were, Seven Springs is only about an hour from Pgh.

And on the other side of the state, we have the Poconos where my relatives had a summer cottage....spent many summers up there.
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