Forgotten Houston for Kids: AstroWorld, the One That Got Away
When I was compiling the Houston Bucket List in July and August, I found myself returning to places in my mind that no longer existed. Because so many of these were memories from my childhood it's no surprise that most of them were specifically for kids. It got me thinking we should remember these places of our youth and pay tribute to them in some way. This series will focus on forgotten Houston landmarks made especially for kids.
Photo by Jeff Balke The dirt lot of my childhood dreams.
First up is the mother of all losses for kids of all ages, AstroWorld.
Description:Classic Amusement Park
Location: South Loop at Main Street
Features: Texas Cyclone, Southern Star Amphitheater, Water World
Not long ago, I put together a bunch of old AstroWorld commercials in a blog post and it got a great response demonstrating just how popular that place still is. A friend of mine has a ton of AstroWorld memorabilia, some of which he bought at an auction Six Flags held after the park closed. Virtually everything he has, I remember...vividly.
When you live in a city with an amusement park, it's hard to imagine life without it, particularly when that park is as cool as AstroWorld was. From the Texas Cyclone to Thunder River; from Fright Night to the Souther Star Amphitheater; from Water World to the tram car speaker that were impossible to understand when riding from the parking lot to the main entrance, everything about it was a fantasy for a kid.