Kiddie Park in Bartlesville, Oklahoma
The Kiddie Park in Bartlesville, Oklahoma has become an institution of happiness and good times. For more than 60 years, parents have taken their children to this park to create memories that last a lifetime. If you've never been, it's adjacent to Johnstone Park, which has tennis courts, a skate park, a playground and more.
Kiddie Park, Bartlesville
Even though some families have visited the Kiddie Park for generations, the amazing aspect is that the prices have risen so little over the years. Admission into the Kiddie Park is free, while tickets only cost a quarter. Each of the 18 rides in the park either cost only one or two tickets. There aren't too many places left in America where kids can have endless fun without parents breaking the bank.
Before heading to the Kiddie Park, first go to their website to check the days and hours of operation. It's usually open in the summer months and on select dates the rest of the year. If you want to plan an all-day outing, start out by visiting Johnstone Park and end your day at the Kiddie Park.
The rides include everything from bumper cars to bi-planes and a pirate ship to sky rockets. You also don't want to miss the Ferris wheel, which is one of the oldest of its kind in existence. The rides at the Kiddie Park are designed for children younger than 12 years old. As a parent, you won't have to worry much because none of the rides go too fast or rise too high. That said, kids still have a world of fun.
Younger children tend to love the carousel the most, while teenagers can still have fun by riding the train. Arriving to the Kiddie Park late in the day has its perks, including the fact that the last train ride of the day is free!
Not only are the rides cheap, the park has a food stand that has numerous inexpensive food options. Even when it's crowded, you can find a table in the shade to sit down and enjoy the food with your family.
From the outside, the Kiddie Park looks a bit run-down and outdated, but once you visit you'll soon find that the joy children can have is timeless -- as are the prices.
More about Kiddie Park
Address: 201 S. Cherokee Ave., Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 74003
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