Casino Pier as seen from the south prior to Hurricane Sandy
|Location||Seaside Heights, New Jersey, United States|
Casino Pier is an amusement park situated on a pier, in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, United States. Casino Pier was partially destroyed, and indefinitely closed, on October 29, 2012, after part of the pier collapsed into the Atlantic Ocean due to the storm surge generated by Hurricane Sandy. Despite this, park management successfully rebuilt the pier's lower deck, and re-opened with limited rides in July 2013. Before the storm, the pier extended approximately 300 feet (100 meters) into the Atlantic Ocean, from the narrow strip of the Barnegat Peninsula (approx. 6 blocks) in which Seaside Heights is situated.
Casino Pier is an amusement facility center composed of numerous rides, games, and concession stands. Before the hurricane, there were 38 rides on the pier, ranging from family rides to roller coasters; other attractions include a rooftop miniature golf course, a chairlift that ran the length of the Seaside Height's boardwalk north of Casino Pier, a figure 8 Go-Kart track, and numerous concession stands which serve typical boardwalk fare (pizza, cheese steaks, sausage sandwiches, ice cream, funnel cake, and lemonade).
Located in the Casino Pier Arcade, between the boardwalk and Ocean Terrace is the historic antique carousel. The arcade also houses the Pier Grille, a restaurant. The arcade features numerous arcade games, including claw and pusher redemption games, many popular video games, as well as classic arcade offerings such as Skee-Ball, pinball, and video poker.
The pier itself also featured several games. Some are games of chance, such as spinning wheels, but more often, the games involved a rudimentary amount of skill, such as a ring toss, basketball shoot, and Ladder Climb.
Although most of Casino Pier's offerings have been on the pier itself, additional Casino Pier recreational and concessional areas are located on the boardwalk between Grant Avenue and Sherman Avenue. Casino Pier owns a water park across the street, Breakwater Beach, which was remodeled in 2003 from the original Water Works water park that once stood on the property. Breakwater Beach incorporates numerous water slides with a heavy focus on families. Breakwater Beach has undergone several phases of reconstruction, and several slides have been rebuilt.
The park features two roller coasters.
- Hot Tamale
- Pirates Hideaway
- Jet Star – fell into the Atlantic Ocean during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and was demolished in May 2013
The park features 20 other rides and attractions.
- Air Race
- Bumper Cars
- Car Combo
- Dizzy Dragons (Sellner)
- Jump Around
- Moby Dick
- Musik Express
- Pirate's Island
- Pirate's Plunge
- Sky Ride
- Super Storm
- Surf Shack
- Wave Swinger
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