Pennsylvanians have a lot of options when it comes to roller coasters. Here in the Harrisburg area, there are 14 at Hersheypark alone, with even more options at Knoebel’s Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster and Dorney Park near Allentown.
But when it comes to our state’s legacy of roller coasters, it’s hard to top Leap The Dips at Lakemont Park in Altoona.
And that’s because it is the oldest roller coaster still in operation. Not just in Pennsylvania, or even just in the United States: Leap The Dips is the oldest still-operational coaster in the world.
The coaster was built in 1902, and was in continuous operation until the 1980s. It was heavily refurbished and re-opened for use in the 1990s, and was added to the registry of National Historic Landmarks in 1996 by the National Park Service.