This was our family's first visit. This is one of the oddest amusement parks in the Midwest. The amusement park on Lake Shaffr is located in the middle of nowhere Indiana. You'll drive past a lot of farms to get here. The premium parking is only $10. The first weird thing you'll see are the run-down bungalow cottages all around. There must be a zoning law that prohibits tall standing structures (like a hotel) because all of the vacation rentals are tiny single story units. The second weird thing you'll see is the Steel Hawg roller coaster which is basically in the parking lot next to a cottage separated by a tiny fence. It appears space is limited, so they just made due with what they had and built the coaster in that spot. It's a great roller coaster with twists & turns. Thrill seekers will enjoy it, we did. The staff is friendly as you enter the park. Security asked to check my bag (standard routine) but I barely opened the zipper and he said "You're good, thanks!". He never actually checked anything which I found funny. The entire park is old, but somewhat charming. There's an arcade with lots of games. The Skyroom restaurant (upstairs) is a blast from the past with paneling, autographed photos of dead celebrities and painted swordfish. There's a big window that overlooks the lake. The food was fantastic and service was great. Adult entree $15+, kids $5. There's also an adults only bar upstairs with a live band on some nights. The next weird thing is the chair-lift ride. It's basically the same thing you'll find at a ski lodge. I thought it was weird only because most amusement parks have gotten rid of these It's a nice ride across the boardwalk and a sneak preview of what rides are open. The Giant Wheel is fun for the whole family, but the ride operator was a young kid that kept having problems with the brakes. We (and the family next to us) were stuck on this ride for nearly 20 minutes. It was humorous. The 2 big wooden Roller Coasters (Hoosier Hurricane & Cornball express) are a blast. They are built on top of each other and appear to be falling apart. That's the thrill of riding them. You think they're going to break at any moment and I swear there are wooden slats missing on the coaster. We were up for the challenge and have plenty of life insurance. There's a KIDDIE LAND section (ages 2 to 6) that my little ones enjoyed immensely. Plenty of rides to keep them happy. It was too cold to enjoy the water sprinklers, beach or raft rides but they looked fun. We ran out of time and never got inside the haunted house. Fireworks at 10pm on certain nights. Overall, this place was enjoyed by my family. Keep in mind we have a bucket list of amusement parks to visit across the U.S. I wouldn't call this place fancy or even clean. There's rust everywhere and abandoned construction, but times are tough for carnival parks. I wouldn't say this place was unsafe, we felt fine. My kids left with big smiles on their faces - even the teenager. I got plenty of "thank yous" from them on the ride home.
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