Knoebels Trip

If you have noticed that I have been conspicuously absent from my blog today, there is a good reason.  I took the day off of work, and went on a trip with my husband and daughter to Knoebels Grove, an amusement park in Elysburg, PA.

We picked this one because they have no entrance fee to the park, you just pay as you go for the rides, and also because they have recently unveiled gluten free choices on their menu!  We wanted to check it out.  So we left the baby with Grandma, and just took Kayla.

She had a blast.  This was actually her first amusement park trip.  I thought she would be hesitant about riding the rides, but we literally could not keep up with her! She wanted to go on EVERYTHING, and was far braver than me.  Her only problem was that she was too small for a few rides.

We got there a little before noon.  They have free parking and a nice picnic area.  One of the few parks that allows you to bring your own food.  So we packed a picnic lunch and ate there.

Here was our lunch:

Nut-Thin crackers and tuna salad
Cucumbers and carrots with dip
String Cheese
Krunchers potato chips

Then, we ran our cooler back to the car, and tackled the rides.


Around 4:30 (to beat the crowds) we decided to try out dinner.  The food stands/restaurant areas actually have gluten free menus!  They have reproduced regular menus with stars by the gluten free items.  For items that would normally have gluten, they have crossed out the gluten-containing item.  For example, Brad got a grilled chicken BBQ bacon sandwich, so on the GF menu they have crossed out the bun.  They seemed to be pretty knowledgeable about it, although we noticed a few errors on the menu (such as croutons not being crossed out for a salad).  But overall, pretty good awareness.

Here’s what we got.  And check out the size of that fruit salad!

And note the patiently tolerant smile.  Can you read his mind?  ”People are staring.  They’re wondering, why are these people taking pictures of their food?”

I was very nervous about the steak fries, but they were clearly listed on the GF menu, and no one got sick!  It was awfully nice to be able to just grab park food.

The prices we noticed were also much better than at other parks we have visited, although we still forked out $25 for all 3 of us to eat.  Next time, we’ll pack both meals.

Check out the GF menu here!  (Scroll to the bottom.)

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  1. Going to Knoebels this weekend…how were they about cross-contamination precautions?

    Thank you,

    • Janelle says:

      Hi Devon! We didn’t have any problems, but I’m sure it depends on who prepares your food. Just talk to them! Hope you have a wonderful trip :)

  2. Thank you!

  3. Hi Janelle! We have been going to knoebels for years but this is the first time since my son has been diagnosed with celiac. Thanks for this post! We are going for four days and I was worried about what he would eat other than what we bring!

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