Geauga Lake is a wasteland

Being nostalgic is my worst trait as a human being. And I’m still trying to come to grips with that reality.

So today we take a trip down memory lane, to a land so desecrated and abandoned that its current state is fascinating only for what it once was.

I made a handful of trips to Geauga Lake in northeast Ohio as a kid numerous times in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Wave and water slides are what still stands out to me most. But it appears those good times were expendable as they no longer stand at all.

In 2007 the doors to what remained of Geauga Lake closed forever. Check out this video from DiJi Aerial Media to experience what it looks like today.

Fox 8 Cleveland’s Seph Lawless took some captivating photos of the decayed amusement park last summer, adding some texture to the deserted imagery.

There’s also been plenty written about Geauga Lake’s decline over the years, but perhaps one of the most thorough looks at its history was detailed by Brian Krosnick at Theme Park Tourist.

Krosnick’s piece is certainly worth a read. The sprawling, all-encompassing look at Geauga Lake’s many reincarnations as a theme park destination are detailed throughout.

But sometimes these things are better left alone or hidden in the memory banks of our minds, where long lines and interactions with annoying people are forever kept at a minimum.

I like those memories best.

Although, as my son ages I’m sure I’ll be forced to sacrifice and make a return visit to The Roller Coaster Capital of the World one of these days.

Guess that’s a better option than returning to Disney.

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