Modern Dog (Canada)


Elysburg, Pennsylvan­ia


“There hasn’t ever been a time in our 96-year history when dogs haven’t been welcomed at the park,” says Knoebels Amusement Resort public relations director Stacy Yutko. “We are a family park, and we understand many people very much consider their pup an important member of the family.”

One of the few amusement parks in the U.S. that welcomes dogs, Knoebels—the country’s largest freeadmiss­ion amusement park—opened in 1926 and features nearly 60 rides for all thrill appetites; midway games; a 900,000-gallon Crystal Pool; an onsite campground and cottages and a second campground just a few miles away (leashed pets are permitted at the campground­s, but not the cabins); a golf course; and restaurant­s.

“The fact that furry family members are welcome at the park makes Knoebels an appealing place for guests who wish to vacation with the whole family,” says Yutko. Rides that permit dogs include the Pioneer Train, Ole Smokey Train, Grand Carousel chariots, S&G Merry-Go-Round chariots, antique cars, and motorboats. Water bowls are available throughout the park to make hydration breaks a breeze.

Its pet-friendly status has made Knoebels a destinatio­n for approximat­ely 1.4 million guests per year. “Some guests will choose to visit because their furry family members need not miss out on the fun,” says Yutko. “It brings happiness not only to families who are able to bring their dogs, but also other park guests who enjoy seeing the pups enjoying the day with their families.”

Knoebels also hosts an annual fundraiser in support of animal-related causes. This year’s Doggie Dive in the Crystal Pool will be held on September 11.

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