Erika Owen
July 01, 2015

Long after the cotton candy smiles and the fun-seeking shrieks of carousel-riding children have faded, amusement parks are left to stand—whether they're occupied or not.  Photographer Seph Lawless has been documenting the failing shape of adandoned theme parks around the United States in his latest photo-series-turned-book, "Bizarro." The compilation pulls the reader through various fun parks, ranging from the more commerical Six Flags parks to local favorites full of kitsch with names like Enchanted Forest Playland.

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The results are far from the colorful childhood memories you may have of your favorite amusement park moments, but still manage to capture the same whimsical sentiment with honest shots of overrun attraction cars, perservering entry arches, and paint-chipped roller coasters. To see all of Lawless' work, head on over to his website. Here's a peek at what to expect in "Bizzaro":

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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