Did you know? Flying Wallendas frequently performed at Enchanted Forest


OLD FORGE, N.Y. (WKTV) - As thousands from around the world take interest in Nik Wallenda's feat of tightrope-walking over the Grand Canyon, some local people are remembering that his famous family used to perform at Enchanted Forest in Old Forge.

For younger locals, it's more frequently referred to as Water Safari.

Before the site became New York State's largest water theme park, it was more of a regular theme park with shows and rides, part of which still exist today.

The famous Flying Wallendas were part of Enchanted Forest's lineup at times between 1956 and 1976, typically for two weeks in the summers, according to newspaper archives.

According to the park, the daily circus shows featured the internationally known Great Wallendas. Part of an NBC special documentary, as well as a CBS documentary on the Wallendas were filmed at the Enchanted Forest.

In fact, in 1972 Karl Wallenda performed in Old Forge the same day as his the funeral for his son-in-law who was killed in one of the family's stunts. Wallenda said, "People are coming from hundreds of miles to see us. I don't see any reason why they should not see us. I don't want to cheat them out of that."

Video of Nik Wallenda Crossing the Grand Canyon

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