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Best Oceanfront Amusement Parks in the U.S.

So, you want to get away from it all, lay on the beach, toes in the sand, hear the waves gently soothe your mind and soul....however, the "kids" want pounding excitement, thrilling rides, carnival games and cotton candy!  What's a parent to do?  We've got the solution to more than satisfy the whole family and put smiles on everyone's faces plus come home with memories to treasure for years to come....


Oceanfront Amusement Parks are a wonderful, fun and even relaxing, (yes, relaxing), travel destination to spend short or even extended vacation time.  We have found some of the best Oceanfront Amusement Parks in the nation and you might be quite surprised at what some of the Amusement Park Destinations offer.


Our #1 pick for the "whole family," Morey's Piers offers three amusement parks and two water parks right on the beach!  Doesn't sound so relaxing yet, you say? Well, how about private family cabana's with wait service and the best tropical food around, soothing professional spa and massage services, adult relaxation pool, hammock and lounge areas, live music and even free wireless internet!


Yes! Finally, comprimising pays off!  The "kids" can wear themselves out, while" you" re-gain your energy.  Or, if your a big kid at heart or want to spend real quality time "with" the kids, these Oceanfront Amusement Parks have everything imaginable for family fun, for both young and old. 


Make sure to check with local hotels to see if they have package deals for rides and food that can really save you money.


Below is our 10 best picks for Oceanfront Amusement Parks in the United States, listed in alphabetical order: 



Belmont Park - Beachfront @ 3146 Mission Blvd., San Diego, CA


Belmont Park is sure to please the entire family.  It is located on the surf and sand in Mission Beach and offers free parking and free admission. Visitors can enjoy traditional and contemporary amusement park rides, ride the waves at Wave House, play mini golf, arcade and midway style games, shop and enjoy a wide array of cuisine throughout the Park which includes beachfront restaurants as well as food court style dining.


Casino Pier and Jenkinson's Breakwater Beach - 8000 Ocean Terrace, NJ 08751


Seaside Heights is home to two miles of beach boardwalk and also where they filmed episodes of "Jersey Shore" the hit reality show.  You might even spot "Snookie" there somewhere, but if not, your sure to be in the midst of a great "situation". 

Casino Pier is a "Family Fun and Sun Resort" historically known for offering an unforgetable Jersey Shore experience.  The world famous amusement park features 40 exhilerating rides imported from all over the world.  The newly renovated water park, Jenksinson's Breakwater Beach is the best way to beat the summer heat and humidity. Stroll down the boardwalk and feast on a variety ot items, sure to tempt your appetite. 

Funtown Pier - 1930 Boardwalk, Seaside Park, NJ 08752


Funtown Pier is located at the Southern end of the boardwalk.  The amusement park rides are heavily weighted towards the kiddies but there are some great adult rides too. With all the smaller rides, the Funtown Pier takes pride in offering their amusement area as a very child friendly place. 

Coney Island - Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11224


Coney Island still maintains a broad sandy beach approximately 2 1/2 miles long.  It is a New York City neighborhood that features 50 or more separate rides and attractions. Three of the rides at Coney Island are protected and designated as NYC landmarks and are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Coney Island is still alive with its infamous Beach and Boardwalk, Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs, the New York Aquarium and the Coney Island Polar Bear Club that takes weekly plunges into the chilly Atlantic!  The newly opened Luna Club features 19 fun-filled rides and for summer, 2011, Coney Island anticipates the opening of another new amusement park - Scream Zone. 

Family Kingdom - 300 South Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577


Family Kingdom is an old-fashioned amusement park that features more than 30 fun-filled rides including an all-wooden roller coaster, log flume, go-kart tracks, historic carousel and the largest ferris wheel in South Carolina.  It holds a special place in the hearts of families everywhere for that old-time, warm, friendly amusement park by the sea.  And don't forget, Family Kingdom's Oceanfront Waterpark just across the street.

Fantasy Island Amusement Park - 320 Seventh Street, Beach Haven, NJ


Fantasy Island Amusement Park has been created with a Victorian air that is timeless in its appeal.  Z-Brick walkways, oak benches, ornate lamp posts and Tiffany glass chandeliers and panels all come together in a clean, safe, oceanfront family facility that will delight young and old.  Rides, games, arcade, food, ice cream, free entertainment, free parking and free admission!  

Morey's Piers and Beachfront Waterparks - 3501 Boardwalk, Wildwood, NJ 08260


Morey's Piers and Beachfront Waterparks in Wildwood, New Jersey is our #1 pick for Oceanfront Amusement Parks for the "whole" family.  There are three amusement piers and two water parks right on the beach!  With over 100 rides and attractions spanning over 18 acres along 6 beach blocks, this family owned oasis has been voted one of the top three seaside amusement parks in the world by Amusement Today.  There is Mariner's Landing Pier, Surfside Pier, and Adventure Pier not to mention Raging Waters Water Park and Ocean Oasis Waterpark and Beach Club (great for mom and dad).  Surfside pier was the pier that started Morey's Piers back in the summer of '69 if you can believe that! Morey's Piers and Beachfront Waterparks is a must for a great family fun vacation destination.


Ocean City Maryland Boardwalk - Ocean City, MD 21842


Ocean City Maryland Boardwalk has been named one of the nations "Top 10 Great Boardwalks" by USA Today.  The Travel Channel calls it's classic wooden boardwalk, one of America's best.  In short, it's three miles of highly concentrated fun!  Catch a spectacular view from atop the ferris wheel, scream with delight on the roller coaster or savor the slower pace of the magnificant 1902 carousel.  Hungry?  Try some of Maryland's famous crab cakes or delightful Delmarva fried chicken.  Feet getting tired?  No worries; the boardwalk tram will whisk you anywhere in minutes while you enjoy the ocean view. At night, the Ocean City, Maryland Boardwalk fills with music and fun.  During the summer, you'll find free family activities on the beach, six nights a week, including concerts, bonfires, movies - even a beach Olympics!

Pacific Park - 380 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401


Pacific Park, located on the world famous Santa Monica Pier is the family place to play! It's the West Coast's only amusement park located on a pier. Pacific Park has it all...a dozen rides, midway games, oceanfront specialty food outlets and seaside shopping. Millions of visitors each year enjoy all the rides, games and fun you'd expect from one of Southern California's Leading attractions. 

Palace Playland - 1 Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064


Palace Playland is a four-acre family oriented amusement park featuring over 25 rides and attractions.  It is New England's only beachfront amusement park. The 24,000 square foot arcade is one of the largest in New England containing more than 200 games and attractions.  Palace Playland is located on the beach at Old Orchard Beach.  This beachfront location allows visitors to enjoy Palace Playland's rides and attractions, as well as midway games of skill, great food, gift shops, "old fashioned photos", a palm reader and much more!  It has been written up in many articles as one of the ten must-see destinations.

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk - 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060


The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, recently named the world's "Best Seaside Amusement Park" by industry experts.  The 102-year old Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk features both modern and classic thrill rides, restaurants, miniature golf, video game arcades, and family bowling, all located on a mile of sandy beach.  The admission-free Boardwalk offers affordable ticket options and free summer entertainment.  A truly unique California experience!  It's the last of the great seaside amusement parks remaining in the United States and home to two National Hisoric Landmarks - the 1911 Looff Carousel and the 1924 Giant Dipper wooden roller coaster.  The entire property is also a State Historic Landmark.







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