Swingin’ Gym

one of the most dangerous, unsuccessful rides ever produced

The Swingin’ Gym (also known as ‘The Flying Cages’) has hurt and maimed large numbers of its riders, with the original design almost uninsurable within a few years of operation. If you own one, you have a giant piece of carnival art, and a great fitness apparatus if you can master it!

The ride action is very simple and relies on the physical exertion of its passengers to keep it moving; stopping it is another matter altogether! Basically through human strength, a single rider rocks the counter-weighted cage back and fourth until it swings over the top.

Within a few years there were all too many reports of riders getting slung over to one side, battered and bruised by their very own momentum with riders sometimes ending up unconscious, with broken bones, split heads, grazes etc. Nevertheless, the ride concept was incredibly original and if not for injuries of lesser coordinated riders, would have been highly profitable and easy to maintain for its owner as the below advertisement suggests.

Grover Watkins of Watkins Rides (AKA Venture Rides & Hi Lite Rides) recalls he made his first Swingin’ Gym for his own park in 1959. “We built over 400 through 1969, selling them at $10,000 each. The idea came from an old German ride that was over 100 years old. It was a fantastic ride, but the darn thing was dangerous. It resulted in a lot of stiff elbows, broken teeth, etc. “I finally quit making them because I couldn’t design out the accidents. I learned, to my sorrow, that I had been betting on the coordination, balance, etc. of the public and you can imagine when somebody with a few drinks in them got on it.”

Due to their relatively low cost, many more were manufactured worldwide, with at least 13 units manufactured in the UK, and many more custom-built designs rolled out in a very short time across Europe.

A small number of modified units still make appearances across Europe, with enhanced safety including extra padding and supervisor-controlled disc or air brakes in the advent a rider loses their footing.

What a conversation piece of backyard play (or exercise) equipment!

178 Responses to “Swingin’ Gym”

  1. Hey if you are serious about wanting one of these rides I kno where u might posssibly aquire one im in St.Cloud Mn contact me for further info I believe that eventually the swingin gym we have will eventually have a meeting with cutting torch and essentially become scrap

    Richard - April 23rd, 2009 at 2:37 pm

  2. I would love to ride in the swinging gym just one more time in my life. I am 40 years old now and have not been on this ride since I was about 12, it is the best ride ever-I want one!

    chris - May 3rd, 2009 at 4:09 am

  3. There was one less swinging gym in existance when chippiewa lake was sold. they may be scrap, the gyms were named flying cages but they are complete if any one wants to save them, they still swing freely though alot of wood is missing

    Brad - May 14th, 2009 at 7:28 am

  4. Really enjoyed the pictures and would like to purchase a swinging gym.Any assistance would be very apreciated.Thank You.

    douglas doubleday - May 28th, 2009 at 10:55 pm

  5. we seek to buy a flying cage for a new business venture in bucks county pa. we can handle the potential liability. if you can help in locating a flying cage, then please call me at 215 7577162

    thomas f crawford - May 31st, 2009 at 8:57 am

  6. i can also be contacted by email at tfcrawford1@aol.com

    thomas f crawford - May 31st, 2009 at 8:58 am

  7. I have owned a swinging gym for over 12 years. NO accidents. If the people are proprerly trained how to operate, this eliminates problems. you also need to control your customers and explain the ride operation to them. I have made a lot of money in spots with a lot fancier and expensive rides.

    gary ransom - June 2nd, 2009 at 1:07 pm

  8. I love the swing gym ride! I also would like to locate and purchase one of these rides. Please contact me if anyone knows who I could contact to persue this elusive ride. Thanks!

    julia biondo - June 11th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

  9. This ride makes the average playground swingset seem quite boring… I’m not sure whether I’d give this one a go but the idea is incredibly original and it’s the only ride I can think of that actually involves team work to get it going.

    Ben - July 9th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

  10. I have one at my local fair and been on it its weird

    Charles - July 25th, 2009 at 4:53 am

  11. There was a set of Flying Cages (Swingin Gyms) on the boardwalk at Pt. Pleasant Beach NJ for many years. I used to get that thing moving so fast it would take five minutes just to get it to slow down. Such a simple concept and yet as much fun as any super coaster I’ve been on, not to mention a great workout.

    John - July 28th, 2009 at 2:23 pm

  12. My husband and I are in our fifties and we remember this ride and talk about how we liked it so much and wish we could find one to buy for our grandchildren to have to play in their backyard.

    Melodie & Don Cook - August 20th, 2009 at 12:12 pm

  13. I would love one of these for personal use, it is the one ride i remeber from my childhood that i just loved enuf to look for one….didnt know that they were so hard to find…….i am overweight and know i would workout on this.any info…if would have to be cheap call 1-314-338-5911 it would be great!!!!!!!!!!!!

    mary brazelton - August 28th, 2009 at 6:09 pm

  14. too funny — my grandfather owned amusements unlimited, this was his ride! he licensed it from Germany and built the rides in Chesterton. i would love to see one still in operation!

    eliz - September 10th, 2009 at 10:55 am

  15. Me too! Best ride ever. Would love to purchase one - this is a serious offer.

    Paul - September 20th, 2009 at 9:27 am

  16. Where can I buy this ride??? I need one in my backyard!!!!

    Octavia - September 28th, 2009 at 4:21 am

  17. hi what a great ride i loved rideing this when i was a teenager it was a fun work out id like to buy one any info

    richard - October 4th, 2009 at 6:10 am

  18. I am very interested in buying one of these units. Does not matter what condition it is in, just as long as it has all the parts.

    Terry Holstein - October 10th, 2009 at 2:34 am

  19. Thank You!

    Terry Holstein - October 10th, 2009 at 2:35 am

  20. To the lady who’s grandfather produce these rides in Chesterton. I would like to make one. Are the plans still owned by your family? pvesely299@gmail.com

    Paul Vesely - October 17th, 2009 at 2:02 am

  21. The Flying Cages were my favorite amusement park ride. I noticed many years ago that they no longer could be found and suspected insurance problems may have been the reason, even though I never had difficulties riding them (other than a callous getting ripped off my hand!). I’d love to see if I could ride them still, but at 60 I fear I’m too out-of-shape and it could be a disaster…though it’s tempting! I’m in Michigan, so if anyone knows of any Flying Cages nearby, still in operation, I’d love to hear about it, if only to go and watch at this point.

    Dan Ruchames - October 22nd, 2009 at 1:18 pm

  22. I am very interested in buying one of these units. Does not matter what condition it is in, just as long as it has all the parts. My phone number is 404-788-5021 or my e-mail at terrylholstein@aol.com

    Thanks, Terry

    Terry Holstein - October 27th, 2009 at 5:08 am

  23. We would like to buy or build a gym. does anyone have one for sale, or have a pattern for one. Would be worth a trip to measure one also. Call anytime.Don Wegner (701)320-7866

    Don Wegner - November 8th, 2009 at 1:19 am

  24. Maybe this will be of help–it appears someone is selling a re-done unit:


    Dan Ruchames - November 16th, 2009 at 1:19 am

  25. i am interested in the pans for this ride if they are availible please contact me .thank you

    earl henry - November 20th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

  26. I used to operate one at Palisades Amusement Park back in 1968. Ran the entire season without one injury. Being authoritative with the riders and adding some padding is all it took. I used to get the cage going so fast (as a rider) that the door hinges would rise up and fall out. Wish I had one in my back yard and at 64 years old I would be in it daily. Interesting info at site “National Association For Leisure Industry Certification” and Swinging Gym.

    Steve Tatz - November 24th, 2009 at 6:17 am

  27. I would like to buy one or get plans for one. I remember it as a kid. The challenge was seeing how many times you get get it to go around after they put on the brake!

    les hayman - January 7th, 2010 at 11:11 am

  28. My phone number is 423 400 7479. my email is commonground77@hotmail.com if anyone has one or knows of one in any condition. Les

    les hayman - January 8th, 2010 at 10:23 am

  29. When I was a kid growing up in Chicago, I worked at Hollywood Kiddieland and we had a set of 3 Swinging Gyms. I never saw anyone get hurt and they each had a brake lever for the attendant to stop it. To put one in my backyard at my age just to see if I could still get it around would be a dream.

    Caryn - January 9th, 2010 at 11:07 am

  30. It was a great Ride.We ran to sets in are rental company in Loves Park Il.Tell Il wont insure them here at Choo Choo Amusements.Did have a worker walk straight thru while cage was in the air.Was a great money making ride also.I did have a drunk lady push me into the cage and as it was coming down almost smash me.Thank God the other guy pulled me out of the way.We did have a few lose ballance for not holding on when stopping or losing their grip also.I do have a decent set id sell.815-977-5155Mike

    Michael Edelman - February 28th, 2010 at 2:36 pm

  31. I am 99% positive that the second photograph from the left “Swingin’ Gym U.S.A. 1967″ was taken at Lagoon Amusement Park just outside Salt Lake City. The colors and the background is familiar. I never participated on this attraction because it simply looked like too much work, nor did I ever hear of injuries attributed to the Swingin’ Gym. This page was an eye-opener.

    Steve Anderson - March 1st, 2010 at 12:35 pm

  32. I worked for Scalise Amusements back in 70s,We had one on the show,It is a awsome ride,we made a lot of money with it,The government outlawed it because to many people were getting hurt.I personaly took pride in running this ride and made sure the people knew what they were in for when they got on it,Safety first.Carny-1976-1990

    Robert D Smith - March 16th, 2010 at 9:22 am

  33. I rode one when I was about 9 that was set up in a parking lot (c. 1965). I couldn’t get it over the top, but was close. Always wanted to go on one again. Then in Jan, 1998, my then-15yo and I ran into one at an amusement part in Barcelona, Spain. (We lived in England 97-02) Finally, after all those years. Heaven! I got over in no time, however my son could not. I went back to Barcelona in Feb 2002, but the park was closed and the cages gone, much to the disappointment of my wee ones (6 and 8). I never knew what they were called, but finally do. Gosh, I’d love to ride one again.

    Mighty Rick - March 17th, 2010 at 4:36 am

  34. My all time favorite ride. They used to have one in Asbury Park in the late 70’s and I befriended the operator. He’d let me go for an hour or more at a time. I got so good he didn’t even have to push to get me started but I was young (~19) and in great shape at the time. They also brought one to the Italian American Fest in Ocean Township the first year it was held (1977?). Knoebel’s Amusement Park in PA had one too but long since gone. I would love to give it a go again and would travel out of my way to find one. I’ve often told my children about the ride and have hoped that somewhere/sometime we’d be at a fest or amusement park and it would be there. No such luck I guess. Couple people get hurt and it’s banned forever. If anyone ever knows of this ride coming to the NJ area I’d be first in line. Swinging Gyms Rule!!

    John Ad - March 18th, 2010 at 3:44 am

  35. I remember riding these flying cages many times back in I believe the sixties at Edgewater Amusement park in Detroit. Never saw anyone get hurt. We would ride them for hours. Back then It was pay one price, ride all day and all night. This was the greatest ride ever! No power required, just our own coordinated strength of pushing and pulling and jumping from one side of cage to the other. What a blast it was!!

    MIKE D - April 3rd, 2010 at 10:55 pm

  36. I too used to go on The Cages at Point Pleasant boardwalk in New Jersey. I’d really look forward to making a special trip or two to Point Pleasant every year primarily to ride the cages. I even used to bring fingerless work-out gloves so I could really get a good grip and get that thing spinning. But then one year I went back and they were gone. Sad. I’ve never seen cages anywhere else since. I loved The Cages.

    Alex K. - April 4th, 2010 at 10:39 am

  37. My friend an I used to get the cages up to phenomenal speeds. The Ox Roast for my High School would have them every year and we had the best time showing up all the football players.

    They would pair up and try and muscle it while in reality it took coordination and teamwork.

    ChrisS - April 10th, 2010 at 7:04 am

  38. Looking to purchase a swinging gym. Would love to purchase the one that was at enchanted forest in Indiana. Money is not a issue for the right one.

    Mark Boyle - May 8th, 2010 at 10:13 am

  39. It finally dawned on me to search for “swinging gyms” on YouTube, and sure enough, I found several videos of the ride in action. This seems to be from 2009, the most recent sighting I know of:


    Dan Ruchames - May 15th, 2010 at 9:16 pm

  40. The set referred to in the above You Tube clip still exists. Toured last season throughout the UK. It has been given a full repaint and overhaul over the winter and will apparently be touring the UK again this year!

    Fred - May 18th, 2010 at 2:18 am

  41. We used to LOVE this ride - it was at our County Fair and me and one of my girl friends and I would get it all the way around after about 5-6 pumps - and the guys would flip out - here were 2 girls that weighed maybe 115 pounds each and we rocked on that ride! I would love to try it now that I am in my mid 40’s -

    Cindy - June 15th, 2010 at 3:18 am

  42. yes i remember them as well. i first saw them when i was little at rehoboth beach deleware funland amusement center. they were taken out the summer of 1986. my twin brother and i always love them.then in 1983 84 summer saw them at a street fair in lebanon pa oscar’s amusements owned them as well.

    Dan Hoagy - June 18th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

  43. Loved this ride. Mountain Park in Holyoke had one, and there was another one that came to the Eastern States Exposition in a traveling carny each year. Finally a third one down on the Connecticut shore but no idea where. Only got banged up once, nothing serious, when three of us tried to use the same car.

    Finally in 1999 I went to Octoberfest in Munich and saw the ride. I was thrilled that I could still get it over the top at the age of 41.

    Would love to have another go at it.


    Richard Smith - July 18th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

  44. I was wondering what these were called– I remember riding one when I was a preteen in the ’70s. It was harder for a kid to operate but a good-sized person could get it moving.

    Moon - August 23rd, 2010 at 3:00 pm

  45. When I was about 16 (I am 55 now)I used to ride them at carnivals and when the ride was over they would put on the brake and I could power right through it and continue to swing!! The carnies would call me all kinds of names!! What great fun!!!!!!!!!!

    MICHAEL H OHLINGER - August 24th, 2010 at 7:18 am

  46. I remember riding them at the village in Lake Arrowhead CA. when I was a kid. They were right down by the lake. Great fun & memories.

    Bret Keesler - October 2nd, 2010 at 2:37 am

  47. I to would like to purchase one of these I live north of Chicago if any one knows where I can find one let me know, Great Fun

    Myharley01 - October 16th, 2010 at 9:42 am

  48. Myharley01 Got one for sale in Rockford Il can be reached at 815-977-5155

    michael edelman - October 19th, 2010 at 7:40 am

  49. Looking to restore one….

    Contact me at 413-786-0596 Dragracinrs@aol.com

    Let me know what you have and price. Pictures a plus as well as location Thanks Brian

    Brian - October 21st, 2010 at 10:36 am

  50. Hi! I would like to find one of these to give my husband for Christmas. Would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks, Leesa

    Leesa - November 13th, 2010 at 8:27 am

  51. I like that ride,cttransit462!

    cttransit462 - December 14th, 2010 at 11:17 am

  52. We have one for sale.Decent shape needs paint.Loves Park Il 815-977-5155 Choo Choo Amusements

    mike edelman - December 19th, 2010 at 6:38 am


    Angel - December 21st, 2010 at 7:00 am

  54. to any one that has found one, built one, or has the plans to build one, please contact me. rode one many times in the early to mid 70’s at whine lake nc. later rode at a couple of differernt places. one night at white lake me and a friend rode one for hours (it was a light rain and the guy just let us go until we said we were done). I can remember taking turns doing the work, and can remember at least counting to 2300 and who knows howmany more “trips” over.

    barry callahan - January 27th, 2011 at 9:27 am

  55. e-mail: bic@triad.rr.com

    barry callahan - January 28th, 2011 at 8:13 am





    DENNIS M. JACKS - February 14th, 2011 at 5:52 pm


    DENNIS M. JACKS - February 15th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

  58. I have read through all the comments on this site and find them all really interesting, my family and i have run a set of 4 cage swinging gyms in the uk for the last 18 yrs along with other equipment, we just recently decided to put them for sale to make way for a new ride. They are in good condition, recently been test inspected with all paper work, contact me at alfwtt@hotmail.co.uk

    alf - March 8th, 2011 at 11:47 am

  59. I have a Swinging Gyms. I am checking to get it dry ice blasted and painted and put back into service. I would consider selling it but not cheap. I have just recently located where I can insure it and since I am 70 years old I know I won’t be able to use it much longer and to sell it makes more sence, but I have never been a sensible person so why start now. So if seriously interested contact me.

    Thelma Howlett - March 18th, 2011 at 1:11 am

  60. at hotmail.com

    Thelma Howlett - March 18th, 2011 at 1:13 am

  61. I remember this from growing up in PA and going to Knoebel’s every spring/summer - my all time count on this was 100 times around! In fact, that one photo looks like Knoebel’s, where they were positioned right along a tree line just across the creek on the right hand side. Knoebel’s was and is the greatest!

    Wayne - April 4th, 2011 at 11:18 pm

  62. My mom rode one at the Bloomsburg Fair. They had it going around 70 some times till she slipped and broke her ankle in three places. Pins and plates and everything. I remember them at Knoebels too.

    Janice - May 20th, 2011 at 5:36 am

  63. I’m looking for a 2 cage set of Swingin Gym? Does anyone know if there are still any available for sale? Contact me at JKing@CSDOnline.com

    Jay King - May 26th, 2011 at 10:48 am

  64. Hey guys! just saw one of the four cage sets in Bolivar, Ohio

    mike - June 18th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

  65. Mike. was it for sale?? Let me know plz, I am looking for one Icegator11@yahoo.com Thanks you.

    Doug - July 5th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

  66. Just had mine refurbished and ready to start running it. It is a 4 cage and looks great and should be a money maker. It is for sale but not cheap. I have the insurance and ready to go.

    Thelma Howlett - July 9th, 2011 at 5:17 am

  67. Did anyone find plans? I’d like to build one or get one built.

    Ester - July 11th, 2011 at 10:44 am

  68. Have a 4 cage in Rockford Il for sale .Solid needs paint for sale 815-977-5155

    michael edelman - July 12th, 2011 at 12:30 am

  69. I was looking for a 2 cage, but would consider a 4 if the price was right. (Michael can you e-mail the information and price of yours?) manley@dishmail.net

    Randy - July 12th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

  70. a friend of mine has just got hers up and going again. dates and location i know they will be 2011 aug 5-7 colfax indiana festival,aug 13 michigantown indiana festival, and aug 26 and 27 centerville indiana.

    grace cantwell - August 2nd, 2011 at 12:03 pm

  71. wow the gyms this weekend 4 the 1st time in my life couldnt get them over top yet but rode them several times and had a blast even though my thigh mucles ache i cant wait til next saturday michgiantown indiana 2 ride again.was enpress some guy who had never rode b4 got the cage over 10 times on his frist ride.

    grace cantwell - August 8th, 2011 at 10:50 am

  72. I am 52 and I used to ride the Swinging Gyms when they were traveling the California circuit for Butler Amusements. Sometime around 1974. I’d get that cage whipping around so fast…I’d love to see plans on how to build one before I get too old!!!

    Foot Rowland - August 12th, 2011 at 9:16 pm

  73. The Swinging Gyms will be at Centerville Indiana Aug 26′27′and 28th which is just back to the west from Richmond Indiana about 6 mile and if your coming from Eaton Oh 22.2 miles if u go 70 if you take OH 122 w then it’s 24.3 miles.

    Then be moving to Farmers Pike festival for Sept 2-5th it is The Farmers Pike Festival is Always on Labor Day Weekend. The 31st Annual is scheduled to go this year from Friday, September 2nd thru Monday, September 5th 2011. Located 6 miles East of New Castle, Indiana on Indiana State Road 38 to Wilbur Wright Road then turn south. Or 4 miles West of Hagerstown, Indiana to 850E turn south. WATCH for SIGNS. (Corner of 850 East and 200 South). The beauty of this Festival is that it is centrally located between Interstate 70, State Road 3, State Road 38, and State Road 1. Hope to see some of u that has posted here and would like to ride again. the lady that owns them is 70 and still rides them.

    Grace Cantwell - August 26th, 2011 at 7:26 am

  74. ps they in Brownstown Indiana Sept 9 and 10th just sw of Seymour Indiana will be in Fountain City Indiana Sept 16 and 17th this is just due N of Richmond Indiana. Not sure of spot after that yet. will post once I know. SO maybe some of you can come and ride. I have lost about 30 lbs after just 12 rides. ready for more love them.

    Grace Cantwell - August 26th, 2011 at 7:33 am

  75. swinging gym will be at farmers pike festival sept 2 thru 5 2011 its off IN 38 between hagerstown in and new castle in. then brownstown in sept 9 and 10 this is just west of seymour in. then fountain city north of richmond in sept 16 and 17th.

    grace cantwell - September 1st, 2011 at 9:54 am

  76. Last working one in Ohio was at Sports World Park in Sandusky Ohio. Which was demolished for shopping center about 10 years ago. A friend bought one from Mohahalla Park and has it by private lake and amusement park at his home in michigan. Last tried one in England a couple years ago but tired out before it went over the top. Key is to “push and pull” it, and you can feel it like pushing a heavy cart.

    Bill Jensen - September 1st, 2011 at 11:48 pm

  77. i would like to buy a swinging gym to rekindle my youth. call me 402 639 1481

    steve decock - September 4th, 2011 at 5:04 am

  78. i am interested in purchasing a sswinging gym. 402 639 1481

    steve decock - September 5th, 2011 at 12:49 am

  79. Stupid! Id take the Areotrim (human gyro) any day. Where cam i find THAT? Under $8,000.

    The Flaming Pencil - September 15th, 2011 at 1:56 am

  80. Operated a swinging gym for Merriam Midway Shows in 1970. It was a great summer and had a lot of fun. I remember a couple minor accidents on them but nothing serious.

    Jon Elphic - September 22nd, 2011 at 1:24 am

  81. My god i thought i would never see one again i would love to buy a tripple cage set allensquade@gmail.com contact me on how spects or how & where to find it

    allen quade - September 26th, 2011 at 7:43 am

  82. I have a set of 4 cage swinging gyms in very good condition we’ve just finished the 2011 traveling funfair season in the UK and have put the ride for sale anyone interested email alfwtt@hotmail.co.uk

    Alf. T - October 3rd, 2011 at 7:58 pm

  83. I would like you to send me some pictures of the rides and the prices my adress is P.O.Box 324 Chetek WI 54728

    Dick Boyd - October 28th, 2011 at 6:21 pm

  84. Have one still needing to sell in Loves Park,Il $5,000 815-977-5155

    michael edelman - December 6th, 2011 at 3:45 am

  85. A friend and I rode one in the early 70’s. The ride operator was a local guy hired by the show to run the ride. He started to talk to someone and forgot about us, we tried to make a 100 but he stopped us at 97 or 98 rounds. It was a lot of fun and not much work after you was over the top. I doubt I could “swing it” now…

    Dalton - December 27th, 2011 at 3:54 am

  86. Anyone still have one for Sale???


    Jay King - March 11th, 2012 at 11:53 am

  87. Does anyone know where there is an operation cage for riding? My best friend and I rode these all the time and we have a bet with our husbands that we can still do it together - in our fifties!

    Lori B - March 18th, 2012 at 2:57 am

  88. I meant to say operational cage.

    Lori B - March 18th, 2012 at 2:59 am

  89. In The early 80’s with a few friends we spent an afternoon riding a SG at a parking lot carnival in Dover NH. It was a blast, Havn’t seen the ride since.

    Roger - March 28th, 2012 at 10:40 am

  90. I would also be interested in purchasing one. Does anyone have the plans to build one?

    Connie - April 18th, 2012 at 9:45 pm

  91. Have one In Il.Needing to sell edelman28@yahoo.com

    Michael Edelman - April 24th, 2012 at 6:07 am

  92. Hi, I’ve been looking for a flying gym for years. Michael you have one? Where? How much? When? Sorry got carried away. Please email me at passnbyu@comcast.net. I’ll also try emailing you! Thanks Glen

    Glen Gilbert - April 25th, 2012 at 11:15 pm

  93. Hi Again, Did anyone find plans for building one of these? The ride was owned by Amusements Unlimited, it was built in Germany and licensed to built in Chesterton Ind. I really can’t find any good pictures. I could use a computer to scale everything off of. Just take the height of a person in the picture and use it to scale. I don’t think it was ever patent. That would be another way to find its measurements. Any pictures or help would be awesome! Passnbyu@comcast.net

    Glen Gilbert - April 25th, 2012 at 11:41 pm

  94. Hey Yall, I have a set of Flying Cages I would love to sell. They are in Great shape. I had them sand blasted then repainted. They have been sitting here ever since. I never used them. I’ll make someone a really nice deal. I don’t want to scrap them. Email me tommyj234@hotmail.com

    Tom Jones - May 13th, 2012 at 11:47 pm

  95. I am 64 years old and my brother and I rode the swinging gym at the May Fest in Arcadia, Indiana today. It brought back a lot of good memories. My husband and I used to ride them and we could always get them to go over. Unfortunately, my brother and I didn’t quite make it today, but we still had a blast. I am glad to see the return of the swinging gyms, and I will continue to ride them as often as I can. I will make it over again.

    Patsy Lang - May 21st, 2012 at 12:06 pm

  96. What fun to read all these comments! I rode them all through my childhood with my sister at Point Pleasant, & later at Knoebels where I finally got over the top by myself. I hadn’t thought about the cages in years, but something reminded me of them today - oh yeah, Hula Hoops! we were talking about great fun workouts & how hula hoops seem to be coming back, & I remembered the cages. My poor old boyfriend had never heard of them, alas. I would try one again today, arthritis be damned. Knoebels cages were the best! What a park, what memories!

    swannee - May 23rd, 2012 at 7:30 am

  97. I rode it once years ago at ‘This Old Farm’, near Brainerd Minnesota. - I think it’s still there, now called Paul Bunyan Land :)

    Millie - May 25th, 2012 at 2:37 am

  98. 4 cage swinging gyms… Located in ohio Needing some repair…. 3500.00

    jennifer - May 28th, 2012 at 2:24 pm

  99. 3500.000 4 cages needing work located ohio


    jennifer - June 15th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

  100. please contact me if you know on a set for sale or plans (256)442-7335 Thanks gary plimpton alabama

    gary plimpton - June 23rd, 2012 at 12:13 pm

  101. Glad to see so many people still adding comments. I have the 4 cage gyms running each weekend somewhere in Indiana and doing well with them. I still ride them at 72 years old and enjoy them emmencely. I love the part of history and the comments of people seeing them and the following we have gotten from town to town. Mine are for sale but not cheap. They pay for themselves over and over. thelmahowlett@hotmail.com

    Thelma Howlett - July 3rd, 2012 at 1:34 am

  102. Remember the days when you stood in lines to go the flying cages??? You can own right now. I got one for $3000.00 needing some work….

    Jack - August 3rd, 2012 at 9:42 am

  103. Gary is there another number for you…. Thanks.

    Jake - August 15th, 2012 at 12:42 am

  104. I know someone that owns a swinging gym right now . I need some information in regards to where it was built specifically. This one says Chesterton Indiana > please E-mail with any history info. jasonmf76@yahoo.com

    jason - August 24th, 2012 at 8:34 am

  105. jackjackson507@yahoo.com Have a swing gym for 3000.000 Located in MN…

    jack - August 26th, 2012 at 2:13 am

  106. please contact me re; s/gym x-ride jock (jake)

    jake - September 5th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

  107. please contact me re; s/gym this was my ride from set-up to slough x-ride jock (jake) i would like to buy one …thndrholow@aol.com

    jake - September 5th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

  108. I have one for sale, it is partially refurbished, sand blasted and painted. I have all the parts. Removed from Franklin park, Franklin WI

    jerry harrison - September 19th, 2012 at 7:51 am

  109. Jerryrharrison@yahoo.com

    jerry harrison - September 19th, 2012 at 7:52 am

  110. Cash buyer for one of these for my own use.

    Please contact me Via Cell 413-221-4O9O

    Thank you

    Brian Beaver - October 7th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

  111. Wow, I just picked up my Swingin Gym this past weekend that I bought. It looks so cool! It was great driving home from Rockford Ill. to Pa. There where so many ppl looking at it and walking up to us to talk about how they remember them. One guy was Santa. (long story) He was so cool to talk to. Can’t wait to start restoring this. Does anyone have photo’s or and other info they could send me to help restore a pcs of american history. You can email me at swingingym@gmail.com or facebook ( swingin gym )This is a awesome ride, That got a bad name!

    Glen - October 26th, 2012 at 11:02 pm

  112. Wanted: A two or four cage unit any condition or plans or deminsions of your existing unit. Will also entertain restoring your unit at cost of materials, no labor charge,in exchange to copy.

    Steve Barz - November 22nd, 2012 at 11:35 am

  113. looking to build or buy any info callmy C# 561-339-4000

    Steve Barz - November 22nd, 2012 at 11:51 am

  114. I have one in operation and doing well. Due to my age I would like to sell but would trully like someone to keep it on the show. if interested thelmahowlett@hotmail.com Insurance is still hard to find for these but I do have insurance.

    Thelma Howlett - January 18th, 2013 at 1:41 am

  115. I’m putting together a small museum of individual seats, cages, cars, etc from amusement park rides and carnival rides. If anyone knows of an individual flying cage (not the whole structure, just one cage and counter weights if available), please contact me. I don’t resell. This isn’t a buy and sell business. I also want a Skydiver car, Scrambler seat, Rock-O-Plane Cage, several others. I am in Youngstown, Ohio and Northern Virginia. Thanks! Jim (330) 774-4107

    Jim Amey - January 24th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

  116. I flippin’ loved that swingin’ gym ride!!!! I’d bribe the Butler operator, “carney” as we called ‘em, with leftovers of my moms home cooking. The trade was a slam dunk. They’d let me ride for as long as I could or until the waiting line became too long. I’d bring a lot of attention. I could make that cage fly round & round. An incredible workout! Sweat your ass off! Fear of letting go of the handles or losing your grip was non-existent. I definitely would have gotten busted up bad if I ever lost grip on those bars. I would love to find one for my property. mpgulan@gmail.com should one know availability.

    Tom G - January 29th, 2013 at 2:25 pm

  117. i live in texas would love tobuy one of the flying gym

    larry teague - February 26th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  118. lteague@wcc.net contact serious buyer

    larry teague - February 26th, 2013 at 1:35 pm

  119. There usued to be two or three of these on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant, NJ. As a kid I would go, pay the fee and get it. I was pretty adept at getting the thing to swing completely around and I could keep it going. I learned that if I counted out loud as I completed a rotation, people would start to gather and watch. As more people watched, the operator let me keep going until I wanted to stop, rather than rely upon the clock. It was a win-win for both of us.

    Lavarock7 - March 10th, 2013 at 5:29 am

  120. If anyone interested .I have The sign that went across the ride saying swinging gym .For sale in Il.779-770-5594

    michael edelman - March 15th, 2013 at 9:52 pm

  121. I am looking for one of these in Michigan does anyone have one for sale?

    Ron - April 6th, 2013 at 11:49 am

  122. Any for sale in Michigan?

    Ron - April 6th, 2013 at 11:50 am

  123. i live in texas and still looking for a swinging gym cage any one who knows or has one please contact lteague@wcc.net

    larry - April 7th, 2013 at 8:26 am

  124. i am near lawrenceburg indiana and would like to see one set up at a fair if any are going to be near my location.

    ben - May 22nd, 2013 at 9:43 pm

  125. still looking for swinging gym preferably in texas but what ever is out there contact melteague@wcc.net thanks

    larryteague - June 2nd, 2013 at 12:37 pm

  126. lteague@wcc.net

    larryteague - June 2nd, 2013 at 12:38 pm

  127. I have a old picture of a ride no one seems to know the name or have seen it. I would love for you to take a look at it.

    Condor - June 10th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

  128. I have a swinging gym that I am interested in selling. In great shape.

    Bob Hartman - July 17th, 2013 at 4:07 am

  129. Bob, I am interested in your gym. Please contact me. rick.boddy@yahoo.com Thanks

    Rick Boddy - July 20th, 2013 at 6:31 am

  130. We live in Ontario Canada and would love to buy a swig in gym. What are they worth. Is there anyone currently selling any.

    J Pakulis - July 25th, 2013 at 5:05 am

  131. bob im interested in swinging gym I live in texas please contact lteague@wcc.net

    larry teague - July 28th, 2013 at 9:18 am

  132. I am looking for a set of swinging gyms or flying cages which ever you want to call them. I want them for my personal use, I live near Pittsburgh, PA. email me tnt.ishman@yahoo.com or call 724-525-2135

    Tom - August 25th, 2013 at 1:37 am


    DAN MANZARI - August 25th, 2013 at 3:56 am

  134. Please contact me if anyone has one of these for sale at fi5winda@hotmail.com or call me at 410-808-2230. Thanks again, Dan Manzari.

    DAN MANZARI - August 25th, 2013 at 3:58 am

  135. would like to buy swinging gym contact lteague@wcc.net or call 325 277 2690 larry teague

    larry teague - September 17th, 2013 at 10:11 am

  136. I would like to buy one call me or email me. 1 5743158311

    brad smiley - September 29th, 2013 at 11:50 am

  137. I am interested in purchasing a flying ride. If you still have please contact me. Thanks Joe.

    Joe Cabral - October 2nd, 2013 at 11:20 am

  138. I used to ride the cages at Knoebels amusement park years ago. I was pretty good back in the day. I could get it going from a stand still. I would love to try them again before I am too old. well at 50 I maybe too old already! Please let me know of any places close to PA that may still have them set up.

    Mike Motto - October 6th, 2013 at 11:09 am

  139. Wow, finally some web info. One of my favorite childhood fairground rides. Does anyone profess to having a maximum? Me and a friend managed 3250 continuous rotations, about 30 years ago in the Spanish City amusement park, Whitley Bay, England GB. Has anyone done more?

    Ian McArthur - December 15th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

  140. i own and operate a five cage set. in the uk i did’nt know that they were that popular over in the states. nice to know i suppose in my opinion they are quiet safe to operate in the right hands but there are some idiots around……

    james neal - March 3rd, 2014 at 11:11 pm

  141. ps if anyone might be interested in purchasing them they may be available to buy.. we’ve had them in our family since 1986. please get in touch…also i’m working on them now just a lick of paint that sort of thing…but you would need a big truck to tow them they roll at just shy of 12ton….leave a message…..

    james neal - March 3rd, 2014 at 11:22 pm

  142. Thanks for any other magnificent article. Where else could anybody get that kind of information in such a perfect manner of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I’m on the look for such info.

    du l?ch sapa 2014 - March 8th, 2014 at 9:47 pm

  143. It is so neat to see so many others across the country and the oceans who loved this ride as much as I did. The now defunct Bell’s Amusement Park, which was on the Tulsa State Fairgrounds until 2007, had a set of these flying cages, which they called the “Alley Oop” from the mid-1960’s. It may have been the first thing I ever rode at Bell’s. When I worked there two summers, I became the undisputed “Alley Oop” Master. I could get them over the top faster than anyone, with no starting push and no hands! Eventually, I not only wanted to go back to Bell’s to ride Alley Oop again, but to see about getting a set for myself. Unfortunately, Bell’s cut theirs up to help build some other new ride — one of numerous bad decisions which led to their eventual demise. Sure wish someone would bring them back — looks like there would be a lot of customers!!!

    Chuck Bronson - April 13th, 2014 at 3:44 pm

  144. Hi, Yes its nice to see so many ppl that remember and love these rides. I live in York, Pa. I remember them from Knoebels amusement park. I always loved them. So much I bought one last year. Its a 4 cage set. I’m just starting to blast, paint and rebuild it. I also have to change the cages and braking system. They are a little out of date. I’ll be posting updates.

    Glen - April 16th, 2014 at 2:02 pm

  145. designed and built a single cage unit in 1998. a big hit on Independance day

    sid larkin - May 4th, 2014 at 1:17 am

  146. My wife and I played on these on our honeymoon back in July 1970! We are still swinging 44 years later! We would really like to have one of these now! Any suggestions where we could find one?

    Gary Hinkle - July 17th, 2014 at 2:19 pm

  147. Reading this article and all the comments just made my day! I have been trying to explain the Flying Cages to my kids for years. I’d love to have one now ;)

    Cindy Manningham - August 18th, 2014 at 1:55 am

  148. You can still find a version of the Swingin Gym in Japan. I recently rode them at Misaki, Hemiji and Ikoma Skyland. They are a bit smaller (and easier) than the original, but offer the same experience. My memory of how to get over the top on the Swingin’ Gym at Lake Arrowhead CA, allowed me to get over the top on all three of these.

    Ric - October 2nd, 2014 at 2:44 am

  149. WOW!!! I am not alone. I have been looking for one of these rides since the late seventies and have had no luck. I used to ride these every time the carnival came to town. I once got one of them to go over 300+ times in a row. Talk about having rubber legs when I got off. I could not walk. I want one!!! Can anyone help me get one? Thanks. Jeff

    Jeff Sedlmeyer - October 9th, 2014 at 2:50 am

  150. After reading everyone else’s experience here is mine: back in the sixties early seventies I worked at Knoebel’s Grove, Elysburg, PA. This is the ride I worked at, it was allot of fun. People would have a hard time getting over the top, so I would hop on the outside on the swing back and give them that extra little shove on the way down and of course jump off. Did this when no bosses were around. My experience on them, would sway back and forth. Then once I had the momentum , would go to the one side, hold onto the bar and would pull up on the up swing. Once you had it going around, it was easy to keep it going. It was a fun ride, I miss those days.

    Bill Jr - October 10th, 2014 at 12:55 pm

  151. This was the challenge back then. My sister and I would just watch the older kids try and ty to get it over the top. When our parents finally gave in and paid for us to try (it took all summer to convince them),, we got it over. The operator in Wildwood NJ would let you stay in until you begged to get out. Our parents begged him to let us out.

    Dan - November 20th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

  152. The 2nd photo looks like Enchanted Forest, Chesterton Indiana… I believe growing up this is the only place I have ever seen these. Friend and I were able to get it over but I remember it being a bit scary when you start to loose your balance and a serious work out.

    That was back in the mid 80’s… would love one of these in my back yard to lose my Pepsi/Dairy Queen tummy!


    Erik Ames - December 8th, 2014 at 7:19 pm

  153. I’m looking to buy a 2-4 cage unit, for personal use. I have cash, will pay good money for the right one, or any one for that matter. I will pick up from any location, thank you. Text/call 302-584-8187

    Darius - January 19th, 2015 at 4:48 am

  154. still would like to buy a set of theese im in texas cash buyer

    larry - February 24th, 2015 at 10:08 am

  155. I see most of the offers to sell are dated- if anyone still has one to sell, please contact me 720 420-1770 matt

    matt - May 4th, 2015 at 5:11 am

  156. The season1, episode1 of the Rockford Files shows a scene at Palisades Park & really brought back the memories with this ride, wow. I worked a summer job at a small local park when i was 14, I used to race the operator…. no push… ha now i need a push to stand up!

    Lisa - May 18th, 2015 at 2:50 pm

  157. I have a 4 cage set of Flying Cages (Swingin Gym). Bought them a couple of years ago. They were built in the 60’s. I’m looking for someone to work with me to make blue prints of this ride and update the cages and brake. Anyone interested? Love these rides!

    Glen - August 1st, 2015 at 4:36 am

  158. Glen, I might be willing to do drawings for you, but you didn’t leave any way for me to contact you. Email me at jackzeiger@hotmail.com

    Jack - August 18th, 2015 at 5:32 am

  159. Hi, Sorry my email is swingingym@gmail.com. Went to Knoebels Amusement Park this past weekend. Saw pictures of the one they had in the timeline room. Awesome! Thanks Glen

    Glen - September 2nd, 2015 at 7:29 am

  160. There is a set of these every year in Ft. Vallonia, Indiana during their festival in October. Neatest ride I’ve ever seen. :)

    Danielle - September 7th, 2015 at 2:06 pm

  161. A bit of help, please … I loved the Swingin’ Gym when I was summering in Lake Arrowhead, CA at 6 or 7 years old. My siblings and I would work as a team and crowds would gather and cheer us on since we were so little.

    I would love to have my kids ride this. Where can I find one in use? Thank you!

    Sandy - September 12th, 2015 at 1:59 am

  162. Not too much obesity in those days. I loved ‘em then, and would like one now.

    Gess Healey - November 23rd, 2015 at 1:20 pm

  163. Hi Iam 58 Use to ride the swingjim (flying cage)every year at the Roscoe Ill fall fest.as a teen. COOLEST RIDE EVER Betting I could still get it flying around. Would try rebuilding one if it could be bought reasonable. welding, wood work no problem. 2-10-16

    rod lee - February 11th, 2016 at 2:23 am

  164. Hi Iam 58 Use to ride the swingjim (flying cage)every year at the Roscoe Ill fall fest.as a teen. COOLEST RIDE EVER Betting I could still get it flying around. Would try rebuilding one if it could be bought reasonable. welding, wood work no problem. 2-10-16 e mail matscat48@gmail.com

    rod lee - February 11th, 2016 at 2:29 am

  165. I used to be very good by myself in the 70s & 80s. The Carnie would usually leave me on it way past my time limit as advertisement I guess. I’d love to have one of my own, I’m 62 but I bet I’d still get it cranking with a little practice LOL

    Robert DeJonge - April 1st, 2016 at 9:38 am

  166. Has anyone found a set of plans to buy to build a set of cages

    Mark loving - May 1st, 2016 at 7:26 am

  167. Every few years I get to thinking about these swings or flying cages and I wish I could find some. I remember they were so much fun to ride. I would love to experience them again. And I would love to buy some to put in my back yard. My back yard is a couple acres. Is there anyone out there who can tell me where I could find one for sale or plans to build one? Thanks. Jeff 260-580-97 eleven

    Jeff Sedlmeyer - May 21st, 2016 at 1:42 pm

  168. I need some pictures of the unit from the front and sides. don’t need cage,,, just arms and bearings, and vertical support. bill in Oregon mcgyver@peak.org

    mcgyver - August 7th, 2016 at 4:01 am

  169. I am possibly interested in buying or refurbishing a set of flying cages or swinging gyms. If anyone knows of any to sell, or how to build, please contact me at jsteffen@telebeep.com. Thanks a bunch!

    A Steffen - January 12th, 2017 at 8:27 am

  170. Almost completed a 3D design, fully detailed. Will want to swop for $ to support local funfair.

    Sid. - January 21st, 2017 at 9:56 pm

  171. sid@afikim.org.il new one built. drawings available to support local funfair. speak to me

    Sid. - March 4th, 2017 at 3:48 am

  172. My younger brother and also would power through the brakes. They called it Alley Opp at bells in Tulsa

    M schepers - April 27th, 2017 at 11:21 am

  173. I am looking to buy a swingin’ gym Please email me at nobackingdown666@gmai.com Thanks

    Cathy Sanderson - May 21st, 2017 at 10:04 am

  174. Looking to buy a swingin’ gym Please email me at nobackingdown666@gmail.com Thanks

    Cathy Sanderson - May 21st, 2017 at 10:10 am

  175. would like to buy a set has anybody seen any of theese for sale larryteague@ymail.com texas

    larry - June 9th, 2017 at 12:49 am

  176. I have a set of 4 cages on a trailer built in the 60’s. I want to rebuild them. I havn’t started yet. I’m looking for someone to help draw them on cad and resign some better safety and brakes. If anyone is interested in helping email me. Passnbyu@comcast.net Thanks Glen

    Glen - July 23rd, 2017 at 1:59 am

  177. Swinging Gyms always at Flat rock Indiana VFD fish fry. Held second weekend each year this is the seventh year. 21018 will mark the eighth year.

    Grace Cantwell - August 13th, 2017 at 7:41 am

  178. my daughter set up our Face Book @ Stockyard Cafe Baton Rouge My name is Glen at 225-202-4444 Please put me in the loop with y’all on the Swinging Gyms I consider myself Honored just to get this far. Have a Blessed Day !!!

    Glen Chamblee - September 13th, 2017 at 5:49 am

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