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Amusement Parks East


Games Building
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Here is the Games Building at Cedar Point, Sandusky Ohio. Cedar Point is one of the most popular seasonal amusement parks in the country and home to 12 roller coasters.

Cedar Point is ideally located on a peninsula that juts out into Lake Erie, and is a total vacation resort. Despite a recent modernization effort, a few traditional elements, including the Fascination Building facade, still remain in this park that has been in operation for over a century.



Thunderbolt Coaster
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Over in Riverside Park, Massachusetts is a "good little wood coaster" that's been servicing thrill seekers since 1940. The Thunderbolt is one of the old classic wooden roller coasters sporting a great neon entranceway.


UPDATE : Riverside Park in Agawam was bought by Six Flags and has been converted to a mega park as is their style. However the good news is the coaster has survived the change. Many thanks to Paul Roy for update.





Lakeside Amusement Park
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Another honorary Roadside Peek East member, this time from Colorado. The Lakeside Amusement Park has been around since 1908. In one roadside travelers opinion (I wonder who), Lakeside is "easily America's art deco and neon capital."


Wild Chipmunk Sign, Lakeside Park
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Some more potentially great neon in Lakeside Amusement Park. Perhaps the mystery traveler may be right. Then again, maybe not.


Autoskooter, Lakeside Park
Photo courtesy Mark Hackett

Just look at the lettering on the Autoskooter ride at Lakeside Park.








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