Take A Free Ride At Pennsylvania’s Amusement Parks; Enter to Win Four Passes to Any Three Statewide Parks This Season at http://www.VisitPA.com/thrill

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 20 /PRNewswire/ — One lucky winner and three guests will experience white-knuckled, edge-of-the-seat excitement this summer at three Pennsylvania amusement parks of their choice. Visitors can enter the drawing online beginning May 20 at http://www.visitpa.com/thrill.

Pennsylvania is home to the oldest roller coaster in the country at Lakemont Park in Altoona, the first and only floorless roller coaster in Pennsylvania and new this season at Dorney Park near Allentown. It is also the home of the fastest and steepest dips, loops and corkscrews, like 0-72 miles per hour in two seconds at HERSHEYPARK(C). Not interested in roller coasters? Visit the newly refurbished grand carousel at Kennywood Park near Pittsburgh while enjoying delicious Pennsylvania park favorites like funnel cakes.

“Pennsylvania’s amusement parks have always been part of the heritage and cultural fabric of our state for more than a century,” said Mickey Rowley, deputy secretary of tourism in the Department of Community and Economic Development. “Most of our historic parks were built at the turn of the twentieth century, are owned by the same families and still contain many of the same rides that have kept visitors flocking to them for generations. Pennsylvania has preserved the real vintage amusement park experience.”

Pennsylvania has played an integral part in amusement park history and boasts more amusement parks than any other state in the country. The first rollercoaster ride in America was created in Jim Thorpe. Pittsburgh native George Ferris created the first Ferris Wheel for the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893, and the world’s oldest operating rollercoaster, Leap-the-Dips, winds through Lakemont Park.

A list of participating amusement parks and official contest rules and regulations are available at http://www.visitpa.com/thrill. The contest closes July 31. A random drawing will be conducted and a winner notified on August 1.

On the way to the park, the winner and guests can also take advantage of one of Pennsylvania’s many unique road trips. For road trip ideas and itinerary go to http://www.visitpa.com/ and click on ROADTRIPS.

The Pennsylvania Tourism Office is dedicated to fulfilling the needs and aspirations of travelers by presenting them with the information and resources they need to plan and enjoy the activities, attractions and destinations that are uniquely Pennsylvania.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s tourism industry, go to http://www.visitpa.com/mediaroom, or call (800) VISIT PA.

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