What’s scarier than a wooden roller coaster, freakier than a funhouse, and more chilling than a clown? The decrepit remains of a park that once rung with children’s screams – screams of happiness, that is. Take a visual stroll through these abandoned amusement parks around the world, some of which you can also take an actual stroll through…if you dare.
Six Flags New Orleans, USA
This once-sparkling place of merriment in the US state of Louisiana now stands as an eerie reminder of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, which flooded the city and closed the park in 2005. It would never reopen, and it’s now so creepy that it’s off-limits to tourists. The roller coaster, ‘Big Easy’ Ferris Wheel, and other rides are now deserted – if you don’t count the snakes and alligators wandering through them. But this sad memorial may soon be gone, as plans for its demolition were recently announced.
Entering this desolate place in Berlin on your own is verboten (forbidden in German) and for good reason. The communist-era park opened in 1969 in East Germany, but it was closed in 2001 and left to the elements. It now features toppled dinosaur statues, rusting roller coasters, and a track leading into a surreal monster mouth. After gaining popularity as an off-the-beaten-path destination for urban explorers, the place is now open for visitors through official tours only.