One of my favorite places to visit is Knoebel’s in Elysburg, PA. I have been going there ever since I was a toddler, and my (now deceased) grandmother even went there as a child. It’s that kind of place. Even though it’s a 2+ hour trek for us now, we make sure we get there every summer.
I find it to be very disability friendly. It’s very low cost compared to other parks, as there is NO admission fee. That’s right! None! So if you go as an adult/parent/chaperone and you don’t want to ride anything, you don’t pay anything. Parking is also free.
My one major complaint is that the toilets don’t have toilet seats. None of them. I know, right? It’s weird, but very rustic and I guess because I love Knoebel’s so much, I forgive them this one error. If you have issues with your child and the toilet, just be forewarned. In the middle of the park there is a baby changing room and nursing area if you need it. The food is very reasonable priced. They have tons of rides for little ones, which we love. You can buy an all day ride pass or tickets. The tickets look exactly the same as they did 50 years ago and they never expire. You can bring in your own food. There are plenty of benches for resting. There are plenty of out of the way places to get away from people and noise for quiet time. The food is reasonably priced and you can bring your own if you’re worried about allergies and special diets. There are plenty of shade trees and other options to get out of the hot sun, including a nice swimming pool.
The park itself is mostly small gravel, but I’ve never had any trouble pushing a stroller. There are paved walkways. A person who is wheeling their own wheelchair should be ok, but it won’t be as smooth as blacktop. I have found the people there to be accommodating when it comes to me helping my child on and off the rides. I try to stay away from going there on weekends, and the lines aren’t too bad.
If it’s too far for you for a day trip, hotels and campgrounds are in that area and are very inexpensive compared to metro Philly costs. Overall, it’s a nice family outing or weekend trip. I think you’ll like it.
Knoebel’s Coupons and Discounts
If you are looking for ways to save money, Knoebel’s does put out discounts each summer. Here are some of them.
- At Weis Markets you can purchase a voucher for $20 in ride tickets for $16, a savings of 20%.
- At Wegman’s you can purchase a voucher for a weekday all day ride pass for $5 off.
- If you are an Affiliates of PA Recreation & Parks Society, you can purchase a voucher for a weekday all day ride pass for $5 off. Funny, since I majored in Recreation at Lock Haven University, I actually know what PRPS is.
- Selected Holsum & Buttercrust Breads have a coupon on the package for $5 off All Day handstamp M-F (these should appear a little later this month).
- Pepsi cans sold regionally have a coupon for $5 off All Day handstamp (M-F).
- A number of area hotels have coupons for $5 off All Day handstamp (M-F).
- Middleswarth Potato Chips have a coupon for $5 off All Day handstamp (M-F) on the Weekender bag. I love Middleswarth chips, the BBQ ones. They are not sold around here, but are elsewhere in PA.