Knoebels, Elysburg PA

A restaurant review for an amusement park? Am I insane?


Knobels is a time warp right back to the 50’s and 60’s in every way. The rides are almost all reconditioned and rebuilt classics like Bumper Cars, Wooden Roller Coasters, a huge Ferris Wheel, Carousels, water-based rides, and all the classics you’ve ever seen anywhere, and it’s set in a beautiful wooded area in Pennsylvania.

Oddly enough, the food is impressive too! It’s all real. And most of it is actually healthy, well-balanced and tasty! I never thought I’d say this, but I ordered a “Mexican” salad with black beans, beautifully seasoned shredded chicken and a few taco chips and it was awesome. If someone had offered me a plate of chicken wings instead, I would have turned them down. And this was at an amusement park!

Knobel’s is like going back to a time before Fast Food, high pressure and huge lines. You can wander around, take your time, enjoy the benches and the shade, get terrified on the wooden coasters or take a really quiet, tree-lined chair lift ride up the side of a hill.

It’s a really friendly-feeling place and I plan on returning often.