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Darien Lake opens this weekend with a new roller coaster coming soon, but I know I'm not alone knowing my coaster days are in the past-- and thinking the greatest coaster thrill came from feeling like you just might fly off the rails into Lake Erie.  
If you're over 40 and grew up in Buffalo, chances are pretty good you remember those summer time trips across the Peace Bridge to Crystal Beach. 
Chances are also pretty good that you didn’t need an ad in the newspaper to entice you to beg mom and dad for that trip, yet from Memorial Day to Labor Day, from the 1940s to the 1980s, those ads were there, almost every day.
Here’s a look back at a few of those ads showing off all that Crystal Beach had to offer:

Dancing, swimming, and of course the rides: Highlights of a trip to Crystal Beach


More of the sights and sounds of Crystal Beach:

Remembering Crystal Beach