Long before giant theme parks and computer-controlled thrill rides, America had lots of charming and beautiful amusement parks like Idlewild Park in Ligoonier, Pennsylvania. GREAT OLD AMUSEMENT PARKS celebrates some of the pre-Disney parks that are still thriving, as well as a few of the classic parks that are gone.
Long before the days of giant theme parks, the United States had many amusement parks where families gathered for a cool escape on a hot summer day. Celebrate these pre-Disney parks with visits to Playland in Rye, New York; Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana; and California’s Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, where vacationers can still reach for the brass ring on the merry-go-round. Rick Sebak narrates the special, which also checks out some old wooden roller coasters and other classic rides.
Sometimes the Lincoln Highway itself is just a beautiful site as it stretches out toward the horizon, all along its coast-to-coast route. It doesn’t matter if you’re in Utah (or anywhere on the route) when you take A RIDE ALONG THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY.
Rick Sebak travels across America's first transcontinental highway, checking out the changing landscape along the route from Times Square to San Francisco. This road show incorporates American culture, history, food, family, traditions and the changing way of the automobile.
"Ride Along the Lincoln Highway" can be seen on Tuesday, July 30th at 7:00 p.m. on channels 3 and 3-1.
Explore autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. Four-year-old Violet, teenaged Nicholas and adult Paula occupy different positions on the autism spectrum, but they are all at pivotal moments in their lives. How they and the people around them work out their perceptual and behavioral differences becomes a remarkable reflection of the “neurotypical” world — the world of the non-autistic — revealing inventive adaptations on each side and an emerging critique of both what it means to be normal and what it means to be human. By Adam Larsen.
With NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center near Biloxi, Mississippi as a backdrop, host Mark L. Walberg joins appraiser Noel Barrett to explore the world of vintage space toys. Highlights include a 1943 National League signed baseball; a circa 1770 sword used in the Revolutionary War; and a beautifully preserved 1811 silk-on-silk embroidery, made in Philadelphia and taken from an English print valued at $40,000 to $50,000.
"Biloxi, MS, Pt. 2" on Antiques Roadshow airs on Monday, July 29th at 8:00 p.m. on channel 3.
This is the remarkable story of the United States' first exploration of the West, a voyage of danger and discovery from St. Louis to the headwaters of the Missouri River, over the Continental Divide to the Pacific. Pictured: William Clark by Charles Wilson Peale
Sent by President Thomas Jefferson to find the fabled Northwest Passage, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark led the most important expedition in American history — a voyage of danger and discovery from St. Louis to the headwaters of the Missouri River, over the Continental Divide to the Pacific. It was the United States’ first exploration of the West and one of the nation’s most enduring adventures.