Exploring the Historic Santa Monica Pier

Nothing quite says summer like a day at the beach, especially if that beach is lucky enough to have a pier filled with rides such as a carousel, roller coaster, and more. Around the turn-of-the-century California’s coast was dotted with what was known at the time as “pleasure piers” a wooden boardwalk that jutted over…

Redondo Beach’s Bizarre Fun Factory

Recently I found out that another SoCal institution will only be a memory, the Fun Factory at the Redondo Beach Pier, which has been an oceanside attraction since 1972. Much like Gill’s in my last post, I can claim no fond memories of birthday parties spent running around playing the dozens of arcade games or…

The Merry-Go-Round that Inspired Disneyland

Over the weekend Patrick and I went to the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round. Now, normally I’m not one to go to a place just to ride a carousel, but the place has a very special meaning. Built in 1926, the Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round is often described as the place where Walt Disney first thought up the…

Oregon’s Enchanted Forest

Along side I-5 in the Salem area sits Enchanted Forest, Oregon’s only theme park.  Oddly enough there were four different, unrelated “Enchanted Forests” in the United States, and sadly all have closed with the exception of Oregon’s. While unrelated, they did have similarities, mostly that they were classic fairy-tale themed.  Oregon’s Enchanted Forest began in…