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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 particular one has a very special meaning. Built in...

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Redondo Beach’s Bizarre Fun Factory

UPDATE: The Redondo Beach Fun Factory closed October, 2019. 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...

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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 a carousel, roller coaster, games and more. Around the turn-of-the-century...

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A Revisit to the Enigmatic Fun Factory

UPDATE: The Redondo Beach Fun Factory closed October, 2019. Last year we visited the Redondo Fun Factory located on the Redondo Beach Pier after hearing news it would be closing. Over a year later the...

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The Kitschy Kingdom of Golf N’ Stuff

Mini Golf. It’s a kitsch-tastic thing that I think everyone loves. I mean, really, if you hate mini golf, then there’s something wrong with you. Even if you’re no good at it, like me, it’s still fun to...

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Riding Southern California’s Oldest Rollercoaster at Belmont Park

San Diego really has a lot to offer when it comes to history. Many regard San Diego as the birthplace of California, as it is home to the first Spanish Mission and many more historic locations. It is...

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A Visit to the Stone Age at Arizona’s Bedrock City Before it Becomes History

July 2022 Update: The new owners have decided to keep Bedrock City open indefinitely! Visit their website for up-to-date information. Just a few miles south of the Grand Canyon is a place where you...

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Sights and Souvenirs from the California Alligator Farm

As mentioned before I’ve been watching a lot of TV since I’m not going anywhere thanks to COVID, and I recently binged the entire first season of HBO’s new interpretation of Perry Mason. Early in the...

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Revisiting the Coin-Op Delights of Musée Mécanique

Fisherman’s Wharf is an icon of San Francisco, with both the hustle and bustle of the still active fishing community along side tourists who run in and out of the various restaurants, shops, and...

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Playing Through Pinball History at the Pacific Pinball Museum

There is something enchanting about pinball. A spring launches a ball into a whirlwind of bumpers and obstacles, bouncing and chiming its way across a colorful board. I love the art and design of...

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Christmas in July at Santa’s Village

My dad has many fond memories of Southern California in the 1950s and 60s, especially of its various amusement parks. One such was a theme park a little further out from the greater Los Angeles area...

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Putting Around the Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone ranks among one of the best television shows of all time, and one of my favorites. So when I heard there was an entire mini golf course dedicated to the show, I knew we had to go!...

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