Like haunted candy stores, amusement parks provide an acceptable atmosphere in which to scream aloud with a mouth full of confections. Get a sugar rush and adrenaline fix in one outing with this Groupon.
$15 for Ride-O-Rama Wristbands for Two ($30 Value)
Visitors can sink a hole-in-one on a miniature golf course, hug the turns of a go-kart course, or ride a vintage carousel.
Midway State Park
Upon departing from Chautauqua Choo-Choo Train Station, trains chug past the abundant attractions sprawled throughout the park during four-minute rides. Had the train existed at Midway State Park when it first opened as a trolley park in 1898, its 15-mile-per-hour jaunt would have surveyed a landscape dotted with playing fields, tennis courts, bathhouses, and a dancehall. These days, America's 16th oldest continually operating amusement park shelters the spinning and twirling cars of a Tilt-A-Whirl and other rides. A three-sided, 24-foot climbing wall challenges participants to spite gravity's tyrannical reign before ringing the buzzer at its peak, and guests in the helicopter ride can adjust their height with a bar attached to the aircraft. Elsewhere, youngsters captain a kiddie boat or steer retro-modeled cars past a miniature roadway's street signs. Between rides, visitors can munch on cotton candy while peering out toward the shores of Chautauqua Lake from one of several picnic areas.