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Known to some as the "Coney Island of the Northwest", Oaks Park has delighted families since 1905, making it one of the oldest continually operating amusement parks in the country. A lot has changed in the past century, but a few things remain the same. For example: guests can still hitch a ride on the hand-craved horses that adorn the park's Noah's Ark-themed carousel, which has welcomed riders since 1911. Of course, the thrills have grown by leaps and bounds since then—today guests can enjoy more than 20 rides including go carts, spinning hot air balloons, and the Looping Thunder roller coaster, which terrifies and delights with a 360-degree loop and multiple hairpin turns.
While the outdoor rides all shut down for the winter, Oaks Park indoor roller skating rink keeps the fun going year-round. In addition to hosting birthday parties, open skate sessions, and special events such as roller dance classes, the rink is also home to a vintage pipe organ that provides a festive and fitting soundtrack to the old-fashioned fun.