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Idlewild Park, Ligonier, PA

"It was a dark and stormy night" is what I was told by a friend to start this Trip Report with when I aupined about the hardest part of writing is coming up with the first sentence while being unable to start off this Trip Report. 

Idlewild Park, Ligonier, PA

Truthfully it wasn't dark when we arrived at Idlewild Park (it did get dark eventually as you will see) and there wasn't a storm cloud in the sky as we had just about the most perfect weather for this day and the trip.  The temperature was a comfortable mid 80's, little humidity and other than a hour of a storm at Dorney Park it was just like this for our entire trip.

Idlewild Park, Ligonier, PA

Arriving at Idlewild was a little weird as when you pull into the park there are gates before you enter the parking lot which one would assume was to pay for parking but no those are Idlewild's entrance gates where you pay for your tickets and drive instead of walking through the turnstiles.  Once in past the gates/parking booth Idlewild feels less like an amusement park but more like going into a town's park for a summer picnic.  There is no one parking lot but dozens spread down the length of the park.  Once you have parked there is no set way to enter Idlewild as there are paths going this way and that and like a giant "Choose Your Own Adventure" book we picked one and took it to where it went.

Idlewild Park, Ligonier, PA

Where we ended was right in the middle of the "Hootin' Holler" wild west section of Idlewild where the guys took the Howler for a little spin-n-puke action.

Idlewild Park, Ligonier, PA

The Howler looks like a fun little ride and it is great for kids as you have to grab the wheel and burn off a little of that limitless energy they have.



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