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“The Failing Nut Tree Theme Park”

Nut Tree Family Park
Reviewed December 7, 2008

This attraction has not been able to sustain the quality that is expected from park goers. As of January 2009 this park is closing. It is apparently due to bad management of the park. Hopefully, some company with experience in this type of attraction will take it over and put experienced management in the office.

It has been going downhill for the last year and it is not surprising to see this outcome.

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Reviewed May 14, 2007

My 6 year old took his best friend for a birthday fun day. Here are my thoughts on the place:

1. Very nice rides: the quality of the ride experience and the craftsmanship of the rides are far above and beyond any traveling amusement park. The kids had a good time on all the rides.

2. The arcade is nice but probably needs more activities during the high crowd times. It is indoors, so folks have someplace to flee when the mercury rises.

3. The height requirements seem to have no rhyme or reason. The requirements should be posted on the website so folks know what they are getting into before they ge there. The roller coaster is a 48" requirement while the bumper cars are a 49" requirement. Go figure. My son just happened to fall right between the two. As such, my wife had to purchase a pass as well accompany him.

4. The place is HOT when the weather is warm. It was the low 90's when we went. There is LIMITED shade available, so plan accordingly. Bring an umbrella or some water so you don't have to pay big bucks for the park's bottled water. I would like to see the park increase the shade by adding some unobtrusive shade-fostering structures or mature trees.

5. The boat pond is pretty cool. The boats should be more clearly labeled, tho. There was a lot of confusion amongst kids over which boat belonged to which kid. The boat pond is kind of a throwback to a big city boat pond. I like it. The only other observation is that some folks like to sit on the concrete around the pond, and this interfered with kids who were trying to have fun with their sailboats.

6. I didn't understand the Bumper Car rule: "No head-on collisions". The operator makes it very clear that you will be removed from the ride if you run into someone head-on. Bumper cars are all about collisions, so that just seems like such an odd rule. Someone tell me if I'm wrong...

7. The folks working the rides were very polite and accomodating. Some were kids, some were older, but they all were very nice.

OVERALL, if you experienced the Nut Tree as it used to be, then you will be disappointed. You can never go home again. It is set in a new mall that is overwhelmingly commercial with nationally recognized stores as opposed to local quaint stores. None of the shops that line the entry to the park were open yet when we went. It's a good place to keep kids occupied while your significant other does some shopping if you're just dropping by. But you can definitely spend several hours there. The kids will be happy. By kids, I mean 3 to 10-ish.

The price is a little high. If you are going to spend the day there, then buy the pass. For four of us, it was just under $80. Ugh! You can also buy groups of tickets to be used on the rides. However, some rides take 3 tickets, some take four, so the tix don't last long. I would like to see a one ticket-one ride policy or something similar to make the park more accessible to those who maybe only have time for a limited visit or don't have $20 to spend on a pass.

Have fun!

Thank pfreeze
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Reviewed April 25, 2007

The "new" Nut Tree complex is NOTHING like the old (1921-1996)!

All it is now is an outlet mall dressed up with "Nut Tree" signage and the old mini-railway. If you are longing for the old Nut Tree, its long gone. The new one is pre-fab crap!

Talk about trying to capitalize on a name !!!!!!!

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Reviewed January 28, 2007

Pros: High quality, Italian-made amusement park rides for toddler and preschoolers; pristine and clean; free for children under 2

Cons: High prices - $3.40 for a minute train ride; limited signage on height requirements; some rides require an adult to accompany child - meaning more pricey tickets to purchase

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Reviewed January 18, 2007

Hidden behind the Nut Tree shopping center, is a cute little family amusement park. The park has a carousel, train, hobby horses, balloon ride, bumper cars, roller coaster and a couple of pre schooler type rides. My 6 year old son's favorite was the just enough thrilling roller coaster.
They have a place for birthday parties as well as a garden for tea parties. The arcade was good for little kids, with the hieght of all the games set pretty low. Food and drink vendors needed improvement, it lacked any kind of kid drink besides water. I'm sure they are trying to promote the food establishments that have yet to be buit in the area.
I wish they were playing a nice charming music throughout the park. It really seemed to lacking in that area. Babes in toyland would have been a good choice.
I loved to come to the old Nut Tree, with an ice cream stand, longer train ride to the airport and the toy store.
Please bring back the toy store Nut Tree.
I reccomend this park if you have kids aged 2 - 8.

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