Monday, August 18, 2014

Tuscora Park: A Hidden Gem

My Aunt Cathy sent me an email in the spring with information on two different kiddie parks she thought Addy might like - Memphis Kiddie Park and Tuscora Park. I had never heard of either of them. After reviewing the websites for each, I decided Tuscora Park seemed to be a very neat place. On Friday, we finally made the trip there, along with Aunt Cathy and Grandma. 

The park is located in New Philadelphia, about an hour drive from us. It is an expansive, well maintained park with numerous pavilions, picnic tables, and open grassy areas.

There are at least three large, modern playgrounds throughout the park - possibly even more in areas that we didn't make it to. Addy really enjoyed the playground pictured below.

She's in there somewhere, climbing the rope ladder

There is a beautiful, serene pond with a fountain, surrounded by lots and lots of geese.

There are three swimming pools: a lap pool, a diving pool, and a kiddie pool. All are enclosed in their own area and surrounded by lots of grassy area. 

And then there's the main attraction that brought us to the park: the kiddie amusement rides! 
 

Kiddie planes

Kiddie cars & trucks (hilarious that she climbed in with a girl
that could be mistaken for her twin!)
This part of the park is ideal for kids of Addy's age and/or heighth. A few of the rides are for children 40"-48" only. Addy is 41"...can you believe my three-year-old is 41" tall already?!?!? 
 
There is even a roller coaster! It's low to the ground and a short ride with just a few hills, but it does go fairly fast and it's pretty jerky. The operator lets it go around the track three times before stopping it. Addy wanted to ride it when we first arrived, but chickened out after she handed her ticket to the operator. When it was time to choose her final ride of the day, she decided she was brave enough to try again. But...as soon as the coaster made its descent down the first hill, she freaked out. 

She's the girl in the front that looks like she just crapped her pants.

As the coaster approached the operator stand, she begged the girl to stop and let her off, and she did. She came running down the ramp toward me, terrified and sad, exclaiming that it was way too fast. I am very proud of her for trying, though.

There are also a few rides that adults can enjoy with the kids:

The train - Addy insisted we sit in separate seats the second time
we rode it
 
Aunt Cathy on the carousel

Addy, me, and Aunt Cathy ready for the carousel to start. This was the second
time we rode it, when Addy was brave enough to ride a horse for the first time.

We are up in the blue cage on the ferris wheel

There's Addy peeking out
Grandma prefers to be behind the camera rather than in front of it, but to prove she was with us, here is a picture of her at the bench below while we were on the ferris wheel:

Grandma was there, I swear
There were a couple of meltdowns, and at least three trips & falls (typical incidents for any outing lately). But I am truly blown away by how wonderful Tuscora Park is. A repeat visit will definitely be on our summer to-do list for next year!

 

1 comment:

  1. We just went there for the first time this summer too - although we went right before Memorial Day so the pools and rides weren't open yet. We'll definitely have to go back. We were just talking about checking out Memphis Kiddie Park the other day, it's supposed to be pretty cool.

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