If you’re looking for something to do with the kids this weekend, how about taking them to one of the most entertaining family amusement parks in New Jersey? Casino Pier at Breakwater Beach offers something fun for everyone. Come on down, and see what all the fuss is about.
A Brief History of Casino Pier
Casino Pier is a family-friendly boardwalk that welcomes thrill-seekers of all ages. The park was established as Seaside Heights Casino in 1932 by Linus Gilbert when he constructed a building over and around a carousel that had been standing at the site for several years. The 1910 menagerie-themed carousel originally stood near the Delaware River at an amusement park called Burlington Island Park. After a 1928 fire destroyed much of the park, the scorched merry-go-round was repaired, disassembled and moved to its current location at Casino Pier during the peak of the Great Depression, explains the National Carousel Association.
Casino Pier has endured severe weather-related damage over the years but always managed to come back better than ever. When Superstorm Sandy decimated the New Jersey coast, it took more than two hundred feet of Casino Pier in the process. Some rides, including the Jet Star roller coaster on the pier, a log flume ride, and the Music Express ride were lost in the storm. The carousel that had stood extant since the 1920s suffered significant damage to several of its wooden animals. Dr. Floyd L. Moreland of nearby Toms River oversaw the reconstruction project that saw the repair of two camels, one lion, one tiger, a couple of chariots and more than 50 horses that comprise the carousel’s menagerie. Today, the carousel bears Moreland’s name and is owned by the city of Seaside Heights.
If you are at least 48” tall, you can take your love of the water to a new extreme with the Aqua Drop free fall. This speedy slide with the drop-out floor is not recommended for anyone weighing more than 300 pounds.
On May 6, 2017, a new roller coaster dubbed the Hydrus made its debut slightly inland from the partially submerged wreck of the Jet Star coaster. Painted bright green and neon blue, the Hydrus offers a 72-foot vertical drop along with all the twists and turns roller coaster lovers go for. Tickets for the Hydrus coaster will run you around $10, but you may purchase them for less when you buy in bulk. This is one of the ways you can save money at family amusement parks in New Jersey.
The Jet Star coaster has since been demolished. Casino Pier is a non-smoking recreation area that provides food and frolic while continuing to be one of the most popular family amusement parks in New Jersey. The pier is open every day of the year from noon to nearly midnight. You can find several ATMs on the pier, so you never have to leave the property to purchase food or ride admission tickets.