If you’ve ever longed for an afternoon of skee ball, soft serve, and rickety wooden 1980s-era roller coasters, then I’d like to hang out with you. And we should make a day of it at Stricker’s Grove.
Located just north of Cincinnati in Hamilton, Ohio, 90-year-old Stricker’s Grove is a private amusement park that’s only open to the public a handful of days a year. The place is pretty special. Picture this: Your toddler takes unlimited rides on The Whip while you munch on roasted corn harvested from adjacent fields that very morning. And your $12 entry fee (cash only) gets you all the rides, roller coasters, cotton candy, and Sno-Kones you can handle.
Arcade enthusiasts will appreciate the shooting gallery and a variety of classic gaming cabinets. And make sure you ride the Tornado Coaster, one of just a few wooden roller coasters in Hamilton County, two of which are housed at Stricker’s Grove and built by the park’s founder’s son, Ralph Stricker.
And one more very important thing: October 12 is the last day to visit the park.
Open to the public on 1 September and 12 October, 2014. $12 per person, kids 2 and under are free. For more information, visit strickersgrove.com.