Without trips to amusement parks, the most exciting thing to happen to most families would be the periodic elections to determine who gets to be Dad that week. Shake things up with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $18 for admission to the Cranberry Festival or the Great Pumpkin Pageant with unlimited rides for two (up to a $36 value)
- $32 for admission to the Cranberry Festival or the Great Pumpkin Pageant with unlimited rides for four (up to a $72 value)
- $44 for admission to the Cranberry Festival or the Great Pumpkin Pageant with unlimited rides for six (up to a $108 value)
On October 20 and 21, artisans set up their stations inside a marketplace for the National Cranberry Festival. There, they sell handmade wares to the tune of live music and charming stories from the Cat in the Hat, who hosts the event. Guests can climb aboard the Edaville train to chug past cranberry bogs and harvesters or soar inside a helicopter for an aerial perspective of the 1,300-acre plantation. Other attractions include dog agility demonstrations, pony rides, and Irish step dancing.
Alternatively, visitors on October 27 or 28 can slip into Halloween costumes to greet similarly dressed pumpkins on the park's pathways. Those who wear a spooky getup for the occasion receive a gift at the front gate and permission to trick-or-treat at Edaville's venues. The event runs from noon to 8 p.m.
Edaville USA Amusement Park's prices vary based on age.
Edaville USA Amusement Park
In 1946, Ellis D. Atwood began to build a sanctuary for one of America's most magnificent beasts: the railway train, which was then on the brink of extinction. He rescued equipment from short lines in Maine and laid tracks around his cranberry bogs, where they would cart his harvests and carry visitors on scenic tours. These daytrips became such a draw that Ellis decided to augment his plantation with carnival attractions and holiday light displays. The park borrowed his initials to form its name, Edaville, and today, more than 65 years since Ellis purchased the first of his rails, the park continues to welcome families who flock there for the classic rides, outings aboard the train, and panoramas of growing cranberries.
A looming Ferris wheel rewards guests of all ages with a view of Edaville's layout. From the Tilt-a-Whirl and Red Baron plane rides to the old carousel and souvenir general store, the surroundings comprise a whimsical escape designed with young children and their parents in mind. To complement the 1,300-acre cranberry plantation, the Cranberry World exhibit provides a glimpse of antique cars and cranberry-harvesting gear, enlightening visitors with historical narratives about the fruit. Ellis's Playhouse contains a ball pit, maze, and train tables, which enable youngsters to see what subways looked like before they got shy and burrowed into the earth. Fall and winter seasons transform the park into a sparkling venue for Christmas lights and visits with Santa, with select dates offering magical rides aboard a train designed after the Polar Express.