Palace Amusements

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Palace Amusements
Previously known as Palace Merry-Go-Round
Palace Amusements.jpg
Palace Amusements in 1997
LocationAsbury Park, NJ
OpenedAugust 17, 1888 (1888-08-17)
ClosedNovember 27, 1988 (1988-11-27)
OwnerErnest Schnitzler (1888–1920)
August Williams (1920–1939)
Edward Lange & Zimel Resnick (1939–1986)
Sam & Henry Vaccaro (1986–1988)
ThemeIndoor amusement park
Area0.9 acres (0.36 ha)
Roller coasters1
Water rides1
Palace Amusements is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Palace Amusements
LocationAsbury Park, New Jersey
Coordinates40°13′4″N 74°0′12.76″W / 40.21778°N 74.0035444°W / 40.21778; -74.0035444Coordinates: 40°13′4″N 74°0′12.76″W / 40.21778°N 74.0035444°W / 40.21778; -74.0035444
BuiltJune 1888 (1888-06)
Built byErnest Schnitzler
ArchitectErnest Schnitzler
William B. Stout
Architectural styleLate Victorian
DemolishedMay 26, 2004 (2004-05-26)
NRHP reference No.00001406[1]
NJRHP No.3705[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPNovember 22, 2000 (2000-11-22)
Designated NJRHPOctober 12, 2000 (2000-10-12)

PALACE AMUSEMENTS was a historical indoor, Open-Year-Round amusement park in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

It was built in 1888 and expanded several times over its history.

With Asbury Park falling on hard times, starting in the 1970s, and peaking in the early-to-mid 1980s, the town's "resort feel," as a destination location, simply was no longer there.

At that point, Asbury Park was losing the sizzle it once had. Plus, Asbury Park simply did NOT have the fun, "down the shore" beach-town, family-oriented appeal that it did for so many years.

With that, fewer and fewer people, other than "locals," and those living relatively near-by, frequented Asbury Park.

And, with fewer visitors came less revenue for Asbury Park's Hotels, Restaurants & Bars, Events at the Convention Center, Boardwalk Businesses and, certainly, PALACE AMUSEMENTS.

Add in the economic difficulties of the late 1970s/early 1980s and Asbury Park truly took a hard, and direct, hit. A hit like no Hurricane or Nor'Easter could ever affect. As a result, The Palace went out of business in 1988.

Several efforts were made to save the structure, including its hand-carved carousel, murals and decorations. But, in 2004, after an independent structural inspection, the building was deemed unsafe (it had already been damaged in several areas) and was ordered demolished.

A local grassroots organization was able to save several pieces from the building, including the famed Tillie mural.

Bruce Springsteen[edit]

The Palace is mentioned in 1974 Bruce Springsteen hit "Born to Run" in the lines "Beyond the Palace, hemi-powered drones / Scream down the boulevard".[3][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form" (PDF). National Park Service. Department of the Interior. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Palace Amusements Building (ID#3705)" (PDF). New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places - Monmouth County. NJ DEP Historic Preservation Office. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 February 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  3. ^ "'Springsteen' Park Said Historic". Associated Press. October 19, 2000. Retrieved 2021-02-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Jordan, Chris. "Palace Amusements and Tillie rise from the grave". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved 2021-02-26.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

External links[edit]

Media related to Palace Amusements at Wikimedia Commons