Seaside, Oregon- Lusse Bumper Cars & Fascination
Lusse skooters are a gift to the world for those with road rage. They’re a way for us to unleash all our anger in a way that won’t send our insurance bills through the roof. But any enthusiast knows these cars are increasingly rare.
Case and point the day prior at Oaks. I went in expecting an awesome set of Lusse Skooters. But to my shock, the cars were gone and replaced by some modern abominations. I was devastated. I needed a pick me up.
Fortunately, I remembered cal1br3tto’s report of Seaside, Oregon! It wasn’t exactly on the way between Portland and Seattle, but I made it on the way.
The Lusse Skooters I was seeking are operated by Insterstate Amusement Co. They’re literally in a garage off the main street in Seaside. I made sure to call in advance to verify they were open since their hours are among the weirdest I’ve ever seen.
Their “normal” summer hours appear to be ~11:30 am – 5 pm. They then take a 2 hour dinner break and reopen from 7 pm – 9 pm. However, it’s entirely crowd dependent. If it’s a slow day they may open late, they may close early, they may not return from dinner, or they may not open at all.
I mean just look at this sign.
Each ride on the Bumper Cars will cost you $3. Like the best businesses out there, it’s cash only. So make sure you have some singles handy or else the ATM next door will steal your life savings.
I’m guessing you have the same burning question I did. Are these bumper cars better than the ones at Knoebels? The Knoebels Skooters are the gold standard of bumper cars.
In a nutshell, no. But they’re still very good.
These Lusse skooters are definitely toned down. Combine that with a super slick and cramped arena and it’s challenging to dish out bone-jarring hits. That being said, it is possible if you avoid skidding and perfectly t-bone someone as they round the corner.
So while these ones don’t hold a candle to the Knoebels Skooters, they still crap over modern cars. I wouldn’t recommend making a trip to Seaside exclusively for these cars, but they’re an absolute must if you’re there. 8 out of 10
Interstate is also home to a Tilt-a-Whirl. And this may be the greatest tilt-a-whirl in existence.
Let me explain why. The attractions at Interstate Amusement all have tip jars. You may ask, “Why would you tip a ride op?” It’s a fair point and I asked the same thing going into the day. But I now understand.
Most tilt-a-whirl operators just press the start button and twiddle their thumbs while the ride cycles. At Interstate, the operator has a big ole lever and adjusts the platform speed. The result is magical.
Nobody likes tilt-a-whirl purgatory. It’s that nothingness when you get caught in an endless cycle of rocking. At Interstate, that doesn’t happen. If you stall out and stop spinning, rest assured the operator will flawlessly adjust the speed to have you spinning like a top in no time.
After a 3 minute ride where I never stopped spinning once, I couldn’t walk straight. I’d say the operator earned a tip. 9 out of 10
The last attraction at Interstate is Tiny Tees Golf, a 10 hole indoor mini golf course. While the building is cramped, this is my type of mini golf course. Almost every single hole is either multi-leveled or has an old-fashioned obstacle.
The other star of Seaside (in my opinion) is at Funland. For most, Funland is your typical arcade. It has basketball, pinball, and redemption games. You also have a cruddy set of bumper cars. But most importantly, you have Fascination.
I’m not a Fascination virgin. It’s a staple in any visit to Knoebels. However, I spent far more time playing the version at Seaside. Something about not having Phoenix to distract me had me throwing down quarter after quarter.
But it really got fun at 8 pm. Funland turned off all lights. They called it blackout. Basically it was an hour straight of cover all in complete darkness. The only illumination was from the Fascination rows and columns. And the place was hopping!
Beyond Interstate and Funland, I just walked around Seaside. It’s a lovely beach town and reminds me of the places I can find in Maine or Cape Cod.
I’m also glad I visited Seaside before the investable tsunami wipes them out one day. I never realized just how vulnerable the Oregon coastline was. You see, this trip almost didn’t happen.
On the morning I intended to visit, a 6.3-mangitude earthquake happened off the Oregon Coast. However, once the threat of a tsunami was deemed unlikely, I decided to make the detour.
As a town, Seaside may not be earth-shattering, but it’s an enjoyable place to spend an afternoon or an evening. There aren’t many places you can ride Lusse skooters and play Fascination.