Going to the amusement park or the fair and going on the rides is one of my favorite things to do. Ever since I was a little kid, I have always eagerly awaited those few weeks in summer when the county fair is open for business. I would beg and beg my parents to take me so that I could go on all of the rides and see what there was to see.
Now that I am an adult, I can go to the fair whenever I want, but doing so actually seems to be harder than it was when I was a kid. Just finding the time for a trip to the fair is very difficult, since I have so many other obligations and responsibilities. Nevertheless, I always try to get there at least once each year.
Going to an amusement park is even harder, since that means taking a few days off for travel. In addition, such a trip is a lot more expensive than just going to the fair. Not only are the tickets more expensive, but there are the additional costs of travel and a hotel room.
My wife and I have been able to take a few trips to such destinations with our kids, however, in the last decade. The kids had a great time, especially once they were old enough to really appreciate all that these parks have to offer. They love going on the rides and seeing all of their favorite characters from various TV shows and movies.
There are so many different rides to go on that it can be hard to choose. It seems like new rides are being introduced every year. However, I often like to make sure that I take the time to go on some of the old classics, like a vintage carousel or a fiberglass carousel.
Merry-go-rounds and similar rides may not be the fanciest or most thrilling attractions at the park, but there are reasons why they remain popular after so many years. There is just something very enjoyable about going around and around and up and down as the music plays and you can watch the world go past you.
These rides are particularly good ways to introduce young children to the joys of amusement park rides. They are suitable even for very small children, since babies can ride on them as long as their parents are holding them safely. For many people, the first ride that they ever went on at the fair or at the park was a carousel.
You can even find these rides at places other than parks or fairs. For example, there is a restaurant in my town that has a vintage carousel outside it that has been painstakingly restored to its original condition. My kids love to go there and ride on it after a meal.
Yes, there is nothing like going to the fair and riding the rides. I think I will plan another trip soon.