NEPA Lost Parks

Over thirty amusement parks once operated in Northeastern Pennsylvania, from large-scale enterprises featuring all sorts of rides and concessions to smaller picnic groves with only a few mechanical devices.

Like mining and railroading, the amusement industry in Northeastern Pennsylvania has also declined, leaving only one park operating in the 11 county region this site covers.

Since its inception in 2000, the goal of has been to pull together the small pieces of each park’s history into one location, complete with as many details, images, and memories as possible.

So, have your tickets ready, secure any loose articles, and step onto the ride that takes you back in time to all of the great amusement parks that once dotted the landscape of our region!

Click on the menu bar above to begin your journey.

What’s New

March 23, 2021Valley View Park page has been reuploaded.

March 14, 2021Luzerne Grove page has been reuploaded. The update includes additional research and a circa 1892 tintype from the park!

March 12, 2021Rumbles Grove page has been reuploaded.

March 11, 2021 – The pages for Bernesco Park, Hillside Park, Happy Land Park, Gracedale Park, and Rainbow Gardens have been reuploaded.

March 10, 2021 – Everything old is new again! After a (very) long hiatus, the site is receiving a much-needed upgrade to its appearance and function. Please bookmark this page and return in the coming days, weeks, and months to see more about all of the defunct parks across the region as the pages are updated with new information and images.