Have you ever been to an amusement park, enjoying the outdoors and thought, “I really wish I could bring my dog with me?” That is the first thought many dog parents have as we venture around an outdoor amusement park. For some of us, not physically being able to ride the rides means a boring day at the park. Wouldn’t it be fun to have your furry best friend at your side to keep you company? Let me introduce you to an amusement park that not only allows dogs, but welcomes them with open arms too …. Meet Knoebels!
Never heard of Knoebels? You’re not alone. Knoebels is an amusement park located in Elysburg, the deep countryside of Pennsylvania. Hence, the reason you’ve probably never heard of it. But don’t let that keep you from visiting Knoebels if you live or visit anywhere near this park. Knoebels is a large amusement park boasting over 60 different rides that range from the carousel to thrill-seeking roller coasters. There is truly a ride for everyone at this park.
Do they really allow pets?
Yes! ? Knoebels allows any well-behaved dogs on the premises. This is a family fun theme park, so if your dog doesn’t like kids, this might not be the place for them. Otherwise, your dog will love the park just as much as you do. Want to get on a ride with your dog? Knoebels allows dogs to ride on the carousel, train that goes around the entire park and the antique driving cars.
What to bring?
Planning for a day at an amusement park for your dog is much like planning a day at an amusement park for your kids. You will need to decide if you are going to eat at the park. Knoebels offers a large variety of food stands. Dogs may sit with you at any table except for the covered dining areas. If you plan on staying all day, you may want to pack your dog a lunch bag. Don’t forget to bring water and food bowls. You will also want to pack some doggie waste bags. Knoebels does offer waste station bags, however, they are scattered throughout the park and as many of you know, when your dog has to go, they have to go!
Depending on when you go, you might want to bring an extra towel for your dog. On certain days of the summer, Knoebels opens its 900,000-gallon pool up to the dogs. That’s right, you can take your dog for a swim to burn some calories or just take a refreshing dip on a hot day.
The fun goes on in the fall!
Don’t worry if you want to visit Knoebels, but missed out on the summer fun. Knoebels remain open through the end of October. Each weekend, the park is open for spooky good times. With the cooler temperatures, it makes for a great time to exercise your dog!
If you head out to Knoebels, be on the lookout for some adorable dogs! You will see them all over the park. Check out the dogs we spotted around Knoebels park below.
Featured photo via @zilkerbark