When I was a kid there was an amusement park out on Watson Road near St. Louis. Our next door neighbor, who was a mobster, used to take us out there in his big black Lincoln. The name of the place was Sunset Hills Amusement Park. It was a little smaller than the one near the arena in St. Louis, but it had a lot of fun stuff.
It was kind of a combination amusement park and carnival. There was a spook house that was also a ride. You entered a car and went through it. They also had all of the standard rides like the one that spins you around and the one that looked like a rocket, but they didn’t have a roller coaster. We liked this one ride that turned you upside down because we would stand underneath it and collect all of the loose change that fell out of people’s pockets.
Then Paulie got his car blown up and Six Flags opened up. I was never very hot on the rides that they had out there. They were just too much for me. Basically the rides would go like this for me: First two to three hours waiting in line. When I finally got on the ride, I’d black out when the thing got going and then wake up when it was over. Kind of a waste of money.
But there were other things at Six Flags that I enjoyed. I like d when they turned the park all spooky for Halloween and the end of the year craft festivals. St. Louis has its share of amusement parks for your enjoyment this summer, some of them are even inside out of the heat. Here are a few of my favorites:
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, “The City museum’s wacky architecture, crawl spaces, slides and recycled industrial attractions have made it one of St. Louis’ most visited attractions. The museum features the world’s largest pencil and a 10-story spiral slide.”
There are more than a hundred exhibits at the Magic House in Clayton. They combine science with play and are a great place to take the children on a weekend. There are lots of slides. A water play area, and the Picnic Basket Cafe.
This year Six Flags features a water race ride with six lanes of excitement. The water race allows you to race your friends over some gravity defying drops. A word of caution: don’t have a fully belly before getting on this ride, you just may lose it.
Speaking of water parks there are about six of them now around St. Louis including the original Raging Rivers over in Illinois. The lazy river is more my speed. Get in an inner tube and just float float along.
Source: The St. Louis Post Dispatch, Get Out section, Wednesday, May 19th, pg. 6