Maryland October 31, 2016
10 Things You’ll Remember If You Grew Up In The 80s In Maryland
Did you grow up in the 80s in Maryland? Then you’ll most likely remember the following 10 things. From diners to video arcades, this retro decade is sure to trigger your nostalgia in the best way possible. Now onto the totally tubular list, dude!
1. The Enchanted Forest
This storybook-themed park opened in 1955 and closed in the 1990s. You may remember riding the enchanting rides during field trips or on the weekends. Today, you can find some of the restored structures at Clark's Elioak Farm in Ellicott City.
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2. Bengie's Drive-In Theatre
Bengie's was opened in the 1950s, and is still delighting folks in the Baltimore area today. Do you remember what movies you watched here in the 80s?
Read more about this Maryland gem
3. Roller Skating Rinks
While there are still a few roller rinks left in Maryland, in the 80s, they seemed to flourish. This was the place to be on Friday and Saturday nights with your favorite leg warmers complementing your skates.
For more information on the pictured Laurel Roller Skating Center,
In the 1980s, bowling was wildly popular across the nation, including in Maryland. So much so, that the sport was featured in the 1988 Olympic games. Although it's declined in popularity since, you can still find a few bowling alleys around the Old Line State. Easton Bowling Center (pictured above) has been around for over 50 years.
Visit their website
There are actually dozens of diners in Maryland that have been around for decades, including during the 80s. The pictured Bel Loc Diner was built in 1964 and still stands today.
You can check out their Facebook page
Good morning, Baltimore! The musical movie Hairspray came out in 1988 and was especially huge in Maryland for obvious reasons. Do you still remember all the words to the songs?
7. The 1987 Maryland Train Collision
On January 4, 1987, sixteen people were killed as an Amtrak collided with a diesel locomotive in Baltimore County. The event made national news and the attached photo was shared on major news networks. As a result, changes were made for future crash prevention.
8. Video Arcades
Arcades were in their prime in the 80s and sadly, most in the state have been shuttered for years. You probably remember saving up your allowance to spend an afternoon playing Donkey Kong and Pac-Man.
9. The Professional Wrestling Boom
Thanks to Vince McMahon, professional wrestling exploded in the 1980s and early 90s. Several amateur leagues were started in Maryland due to the popularity of the franchise. Pictured here is Andre the Giant. Who was YOUR favorite wrestler?
10. The Commercials
If these don’t bring back memories, I don’t know what will.
What else do you remember about the 80s in Maryland? If this article has you feeling nostalgic, you may also enjoy
these 11 photos of Maryland in the 1970s.