7 Abandoned US Amusement Parks

It's not all fun and games for these amusement parks anymore.

7 Abandoned US Amusement Parks

It's not all fun and games for all amusement parks. These seven fell into some bad luck and were shut down.


Lucky for us, some have been brave enough to venture inside them and get us some pictures. These images capture the strange beauty of these now abandoned areas.

1. Hobbiton 

This park called Hobbiton took visitors through the story of J.R.R. Tolkien's “The Hobbit.” It was a half-mile nature walk that saw visitors explore the story of Bilbo Baggins. Unfortunately, Hobbiton closed in 2009. 

7 Abandoned US Amusement Parks
Source: Brenna/Flickr, Creative Commons
7 Abandoned US Amusement Parks
Source: Brenna/Flickr, Creative Commons

2. The Williams Grove Amusement Park

This amusement park began way back in 1850 when the Williams family was hosting picnics in Williams Grove, outside of Mechanicsburg. The gatherings grew into a park. Then, Morgan Hughes bought the park in 1972 and brought in many rides from the Palisades Amusement Park. The park worked well until the end of the 2005 season.

7 Abandoned US Amusement Parks
Source: David Trawin/Flickr, Creative Commons
7 Abandoned US Amusement Parks
Source: Darren Ketchum/Flickr, Creative Commons

3. River Country

River Country was Walt Disney World’s first waterpark. First opened in 1976, it was for a while a famed summer vacation destination. But after  9/11, Disney's business struggled. River Country was shut down for good.

7 Abandoned US Amusement Parks
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4. Six Flags

This amusement park fell victim to Hurricane Katrina. Murky water filled the park destroying 80 percent of the park equipment and rides. Experts found the park too expensive to restore, and it was shut down.

5. Dogpatch USA

Dogpatch USA was based on Al Capp's famous comic strip Lil Abner. It opened in 1968 and included many family-friendly activities such as paddle boats. Capp's characters such as Daisy Mae and Hairless Joe were present everywhere. Still, the park saw no success and eventually was closed.  

7 Abandoned US Amusement Parks
Source: Clinton Steeds/Flickr, Creative Commons

 6. Holly Land USA

Built in the early 1950s by Roman Catholic John Baptist Greco, the roadside theme park was devoted to God. In the 1960s, the park attracted about 50,000 people a year. But in 1984, it was closed for renovation. Greco died in 1986 before it could reopen and the park was gifted to a group of nuns. Since then, it has been sold and abandoned.

7 Abandoned US Amusement Parks
Source: leannemarie1215/Flickr, Creative Commons

7. Lincoln Park

Established in 1894, this simple park would come to eventually be plagued by death and injuries. The park's wooden roller coaster called The Comet would claim two lives, one in 1964 and another in 1986. It also had two accidents that injured several people. After the final incident, the park closed December 3, 1987, never to reopen again.


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