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Friday, August 22, 2008

Idlewild Park: Where Being Number Two is Pretty Darn Good.

Up, up and away!

We spent our first day on vacation at Idlewild Park, which prides itself on being the "#2 Best Kids Park in the World!" Apparently, Legoland in California is #1. Better luck next year, Idlewild!

It's easy to see why Idlewild beat out many other parks (We're looking at you, Dutch Wonderland!), because there is so much for kids to do, we probably only saw half of it. Lauren was so busy riding, we didn't even visit the famous Storybook Forest. Maybe next year.

The Round Up.

The best part about the place is that Idlewild is where all the old Kennywood rides enjoy a second life. Two of my all time favorite rides are there (Someday I'll find the location of the third - The Baryn Curve) The Round Up and The Caterpillar. Lauren isn't tall enough yet to ride The Round Up, but I was really looking forward to taking her on The Caterpillar. I was devastated to find that it was closed for the day.

Pony ride.

Still, there was other fun to be had. Lauren had her first pony ride on a horse named Derby, lead by a woman who bore a striking resemblance to Grandma Gert.

Eating a banana split.

And in another first, Lauren had a banana split, which she successfully ate while avoiding the banana.

More photos can be seen on Flickr.

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