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'''Darien Lake Theme Park Resort''' [http://www.godarienlake.com] is an amusement park and campground in the [[Niagara Frontier]] region of [[New York (state)|New York]].  Considered the roller coaster capital of the state, Darien Lake is a very popular summertime destination for families throughout Western New York, and beyond.
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'''Darien Lake Theme Park Resort''' [http://www.godarienlake.com] (sometimes referred to by its old name '''Darien Lake Fun Country''') is an amusement park and campground in the [[Niagara Frontier]] region of [[New York (state)|New York]].  Considered the roller coaster capital of the state, Darien Lake is a very popular summertime destination for families throughout Western New York, and beyond.
  
 
The '''Darien Lake Performing Arts Center''', adjacent to the park, is the premier outdoor concert venue in Western New York.  Its summer concert season is filled with big-name acts on national tours and represents almost as big a part of the business as the theme park.
 
The '''Darien Lake Performing Arts Center''', adjacent to the park, is the premier outdoor concert venue in Western New York.  Its summer concert season is filled with big-name acts on national tours and represents almost as big a part of the business as the theme park.
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Darien Lake didn't exist before 1955.  It was that year that the 25-acre man-made lake opened to the public (admission $0.50 for adults, $0.25 for children 10 and older).  Swimming and picnicking were the only attractions.  It was popular at first, but after a few years, records of it as a summer destination disappear.
 
Darien Lake didn't exist before 1955.  It was that year that the 25-acre man-made lake opened to the public (admission $0.50 for adults, $0.25 for children 10 and older).  Swimming and picnicking were the only attractions.  It was popular at first, but after a few years, records of it as a summer destination disappear.
  
By 1964, Darien Lake was open again, this time with boating, camping, and picnicking facilities.  The first rides were added in the 1970s, and by 1980 the area had grown into a full-fledged amusement park, named '''Darien Lake Fun Country'''.  The park added a marquee attraction in 1982: the Viper, the first roller coaster in the world with five inversions.  In 1983, the park was sold; "Fun Country" was dropped from the name (although the park is still known by some locals as "Fun Country"), and the new owners acquired the Giant Wheel, a 165-foot (50m) Ferris wheel, from the 1982 World's Fair in [[Knoxville]].
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By 1964, Darien Lake was open again, this time with boating, camping, and picnicking facilities.  The first rides were added in the 1970s, and by 1980 the area had grown into a full-fledged amusement park, named '''Darien Lake Fun Country'''.  The park added a marquee attraction in 1982: the Viper, the first roller coaster in the world with five inversions.  In 1983, the park was sold; "Fun Country" was dropped from the name, and the new owners acquired the Giant Wheel, a 165-foot (50m) Ferris wheel, from the 1982 World's Fair in [[Knoxville]].
  
 
The park continued to grow and add attractions, although it wouldn't get its second roller coaster—the wooden Predator—until 1990.  The same year, a small water park was added in the middle of the park.  1993 saw the opening of the 21,600-capacity amphitheater, which replaced a smaller amphitheater and started attracting major touring acts.  In the late nineties, the owners added a new roller coaster each year, increasing the park's total to five and making the park the roller coaster capital of the state.
 
The park continued to grow and add attractions, although it wouldn't get its second roller coaster—the wooden Predator—until 1990.  The same year, a small water park was added in the middle of the park.  1993 saw the opening of the 21,600-capacity amphitheater, which replaced a smaller amphitheater and started attracting major touring acts.  In the late nineties, the owners added a new roller coaster each year, increasing the park's total to five and making the park the roller coaster capital of the state.

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