Camping at Knoebels With "Daisy The Wonderdog"

Posted by Kathy Torrence on Aug 5, 2007 in Family Stuff, Our Goldendoodle Puppies |

We just returned from our latest camping adventure at Knoebels, a wonderful, family amusement park in Elysburg, PA. 


At Knoebels-2


It’s not like other amusement parks such as Six Flags, Busch Gardens or Disneyworld – there is no admission price for the park.  Instead of paying one price, you pay per ride – and the prices are SO reasonable!  Mike insisted that we purchase $100 worth of tickets (they discounted them 15%) and at the end of three days at the park, we had only used a little less than half that amount of the tickets – that’s with all five of us riding for three days! We also ate dinner at the park for $14 – again, for all FIVE of us!  It’s so nice to feel like you got your money’s worth on a trip.


Emily on a ride


Knoebels also has two campgrounds associated with it – we stayed at Lake Glory.  It was a nice campground, but it didn’t have activities, a pool or swimming lake like others at which we’ve stayed.  The real attraction is just Knoebels itself.

But the amusement park does have a large pool and play area where we swam for most of the days we were there (it was SO hot!).  There was also a small kids water area where Emily spent most of her time.  I was content to just hang out by the pool and read my latest book (more about that in my Books I’m Reading category).

And the best part about Knoebels was that they allow dogs inside the amusement park (not the pool, but anywhere in the rest of the park) – how great is that?  You don’t have to leave your dog inside your camper while the rest of your family is having fun! 


Andrew and Daisy in the camper


Mike and Daisy


Now of course, Daisy took full advantage of this fact and quickly built her own following.  It was like traveling with a rock star or…Tom Cruise!  EVERYONE had to stop and pet her – and she just ate it up.  By the end of the trip, my kids were reciting the answers to all the questions we would get…it always went something like this…

“Your dog is SO cute!  Can I pet her?”


“What kind of dog IS she?”

A goldendoodle.

“A golden-WHAT?  What is a goldendoodle?”

A mix between a golden retriever and standard poodle.

“How old is she?”

Six months old.

“Wow!  She’s just a puppy!  How big will she get?”

About 60-65 pounds.

“Does she shed?”


“Is she easy to train?”

Yes, very.

At this point, the conversation would continue between Daisy and her admirer (as if we were no longer there at all).

Here she is, getting ready to work a crowd by one of the roller coasters:

Daisy looking for admirers at Knoebels

And waiting for Mike and Emily on the log flume ride:


Daisy, Andrew and Matt waiting by the flume


She LOVED getting so much attention…but after a while, it was difficult to get around or even just to leave the park!  Now I can understand how celebrities feel!  Well…sort of, anyway.

We had several people take Daisy’s photo and one woman walked up to us in a crowd and said loudly, “Is this DAISY?!?!”.  Apparently, she had heard all the hype from the campground and was searching for her in the park.

Hmmm…maybe we should start charging for personal appearances.  Or get Daisy her OWN blog…



Jun 14, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Hello. Great page. We are camping @ Lake Glory for the first time next weekend. We are tent camping. Do you have any pictures that show how the camp sites are laid out? The website doesn’t really have them. As far as the tickets, Did you guys ride a decent amount of roller coasters? We are going to be there Thurs night thru Sun morning. We were considering buying all day ride passes for Friday and tickets for Thurs and Sat.(we are planning on spending most of the day Sat in the water park. Any tips or pics you can share about the campground would be great. Thanks, Paul.

Janelle Detweiler
Jul 16, 2015 at 3:33 pm

Hi I would like to know where you kept your “Daisy” while you were at the waterpark at Knoebels? I know the park does not allow pets in the waterpark. I was looking into doggie daycare nearby??
Thanks for your help

Kathy Torrence
Jul 16, 2015 at 3:45 pm

We kept Daisy in our camper while we were in the waterpark at Knoebels.



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