Lakeside rocks! But bear in mind it's not a modern high-tech theme park, and therein lies what's so special about it. Having visited nearly every amusement/theme park in the country, I can attest that Lakeside is one of the finest traditional parks out there. The buildings and rides may be old (and that's what makes them special), but the park is very clean, nicely landscaped, has friendly employees and an outstanding value.
The majestic white Cyclone roller coaster is a true classic, providing an outstanding ride experience and is one of the best maintained old wood coasters in the world. The historic Parker-built carousel is a menagerie (with all different animals). I wish that the horses would be restored, and I'm sure that it eventually will be -- Lakeside is an never-ending work in process -- a very historical park with rides and areas being restored one at a time. The park is one of only a few containing some classic rides like the Wild Chipunk roller coaster, Satellite, Hurricane (known elsewhere as Flying Scooters), Rock-O-Plane and Loop-O-Plane (I think it has some other name at Lakeside), plus a fantastic selection of kiddie rides, many of them also classic.
Nighttime is the best time at Lakeside as the charm of the park becomes magical, The architecture throughout the park is largely art deco and covered in lights -- both incandescent and colorful neon. Walking around the place at sunset and after dark is an amazing experience.
The train ride that takes passengers around Lake Rhoda provides a great view of the park during the day and especially at night. Their food is basic, but good and reasonably priced. I do wish that they would reopen the miniature golf course.
The guests at Lakeside are diverse and include many young families. while I understand that the appearance of some of them can appear rough to certain people, appearances aside, my experience has always been that they are very respectful.
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