We've featured countless abandoned amusement parks here on FEARnet over the years, some of the creepiest being Florida's Miracle Strip Amusement Park and West Virginia's haunted Lake Shawnee Amusement Park. No matter what the state of decay, and no matter what's left behind when they shut down, there's just something inherently creepy about abandoned amusement parks, places that once brought joy and now only bring sheer terror. Michigan's Prehistoric Forest is certainly no exception.
As we spotted over on io9, the Prehistoric Forest originally opened in Irish Hills, Michigan in 1963, an 8-acre amusement park that included a safari train, a smoking volcano, a 35-foot waterfall and even a faux fossil dig site, which you were granted access to after getting off the safari ride. Of course, 15 life-size dinosaurs also roamed free in the park, the work of artist James Q. Sidwell.
Prehistoric Forest closed down in 1999, and the left behind sculptures are now in various states of decay, which adds an unintentional level of sheer creepiness to the park. The dilapidated park is currently up for sale, and a mere $548,000 is all it'll take for you to own the land, and all of the sad, battle damaged dinos that populate it.
Now if you'll excuse me, I've gotta work on launching the Kickstarter campaign that will turn Prehistoric Forest into my new home. A donation of $10,000 will get you an all-inclusive weekend stay, so please consider helping out!