A classic icon on the New Jersey coast, Keansburg Amusement Park is a place for the whole family. Located on a beautiful beach, this quaint park is full of fun for kids and nostalgia for adults. Whether your childhood was filled with carnival rides, go-kart races, picnics on a beach or rides like the Tilt-A-Whirl, Keansburg has everything you need to relive your childhood or make memories with your kids. If your idea of an amusement park is death-defying drops and record-breaking speeds, Keansburg is not the place for you. If what you are looking for are nostalgia and simple carnival fun, this guide will take you through some of the most popular and classic rides and attractions at Keansburg Amusement Park.

Rides at Keansburg Amusement Park

Most of the rides at Keansburg are designed for kids, making it a great place to take your family. Each ride takes tickets, rather than a set admission price. You can get one ticket for $.75, 50 tickets for $31.95, 100 tickets for $59.85 or 200 tickets for $99.45. Here is a list of all of the rides at Keansburg Amusement Park.

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Rio Grande

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This fun train ride is meant for some of the smallest children. Rather than a minimum height requirement, it has a maximum height requirement. Only adults up to 54 inches tall are allowed on this short, brightly-colored train ride.

Airplanes

The first of many carnival classics, these spinning airplanes are great for children who don’t mind getting dizzy. This ride is a restored classic, and the bright red planes are designed for young children. It costs two tickets, and kids need to be at least 32 inches tall to ride.

Balloon Ferris Wheel

A colorful and tame option for more hesitant children, this Ferris wheel moves slowly and offers a great view of the park and the ocean. It’ll cost you three tickets, and your child must be three feet tall in order to ride without an adult.

Antique Cars

This 70-year-old ride is a great classic for your children. The restored green and yellow cruisers are pedal cars that spin in a circle. The minimum height requirement is 32 inches, and it costs two tickets.

Cliffhanger

This ride will be more exciting for older kids and even adults. It’s a spinning ride, but it turns and twists as well. This unique ride has you lay on your stomach and watch, head first, as the world spins by. Kids need to be 46 inches tall and it’ll cost you six tickets each.

Boats

Not surprisingly, this is another restored ride. These classic boats feature bells and steering wheels for each passenger. There are two children on each boat, so it’s great for families with an even number of kids. For just two tickets, your children can feel like sailors with these white and salmon-colored boats. The height requirement is 32 inches.

Chaos

Another rare ride that appeals to older kids and adults, this spinning ride turns and twists at the same time. While your car does somersaults, you also spin around like a Ferris wheel. It still has a classic carnival look. Kids need to be at least four feet tall to ride, and each rider needs six tickets. It won’t impress the most extreme adrenaline seekers, but it’s a fun ride for older children and adults who enjoy spinning.

Bumper Cars

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No amusement park would be complete without bumper cars. The Bertazzon cars are restored and refinished. Drive a few around with your family and relive your childhood. You’ll need six tickets each time, or you can buy a wristband to ride up to three times. You need to be over 50 inches tall for this one, but kids over 42 inches can ride with an adult.

Magic Ring

Your kids will either love this or fight over it for the rest of the day. Each child gets to pick their own car, forklift or motorcycle, and each vehicle has a horn. There are lots of classic lights and sounds, and they all spin around in a carousel motion. It costs two tickets and is designed for children over 36 inches tall.

Merry-Go-Round

Another old-time favorite, this weathered Merry-Go-Round has been spinning children around for about 80 years. The horses are newly painted, but the unadorned wheel looks its age. Children need to be 32 inches tall for this one, and it’ll take two tickets.

Jolly Caterpillar

Equal parts fun and frightening; this clown-like happy caterpillar is a great first-time roller coaster for young ones. You’ll need two tickets and be at least 32 inches tall.

Fire Engine

For more classic, nostalgic rides, the Fire Engine has a bell and steering wheel and slowly moves around in circles. It looks a bit older, but it is still a favorite among kids. They’ll need to be 32 inches tall and have 2 tickets ready.

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Oval Kiddie Whip

Borrowed from Coney Island, this restoration ride is fast and fun for kids. Its bright colors and dizzying speeds are popular for kids at least 32 inches tall. You will need to have two tickets.

Raiders

The movie-inspired name of this ride shows its age. The Raiders of the Lost Ark ride is half obstacle course, half slide. You need to be at least 42 inches tall, and it’ll cost 2 tickets.

Motorcycles

A favorite for young kids who already want to look cool, these colorful motorcycles have horns and lights, and slowly spin. It takes two tickets for someone between 30 and 60 inches tall to ride.

Mini-Train

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For 70 years this pint-sized train has virtually traveled more than a million miles, circling slowly at Keansburg Amusement Park. That may be more meaningful to parents than to children, but it’s definitely worth checking out for historical reasons alone. It takes two tickets and being at least 32 inches tall to ride.

Swing Ride

Another carnival tradition, the metal bar-and-chain Swing Ride is still popular among kids, and definitely a blast from the past. Kids need to be 36 inches tall and have two tickets.

Skyfighter

The amount of toy guns on this ride may date it back to another era, but most children still will enjoy the slow-spinning ride. They should be at least 32 inches tall to ride.

Roto-Whip

This newer version of the Kiddie Whip has been spinning for more than 50 years. Bright colors and fast circles are all you need to keep children entertained. It takes two tickets and children need to be 32 inches tall.

Looping Star

The newest ride is another great one for adults. It’s a full roller coaster with a loop. It may not come with all the thrills of the world’s largest or tallest roller coasters, but it’s a great way to enjoy yourself and get your heart pumping while at the park with your kids. This ride costs seven tickets.

Pharaoh’s Fury

An unusual theme for a classic ride, this pendulum-like boat will be quite exciting for kids. While children 42-48 inches can ride it with an adult, some will be too young to handle the fast movements. It’ll cost six tickets.

These are just some of the great rides at Keansburg, but they are some of the more popular ones and are representative of what the park has to offer. As you can see, most of the rides are both historical and designed for young children. There are, however, also a few rides that adults may enjoy.

Attractions at Keansburg Amusement Park

Keansburg offers more than just restored historical rides. Here are some of the additional attractions you can see in and around Keansburg Amusement Park.

Runaway Rapids

You can enjoy some water rides at Runaway Rapids, the waterpark portion of Keansburg. Just across the street, this waterpark has loads of fountains, water slides, games and creeks to enjoy. It certainly isn’t the largest water park, but it’s got a good variety of options to keep you cool and entertained.

Other Attractions

Keansburg Amusement Park is located by the beach, which is free to the public. There is also a 2,000-foot pier that is great for fishing. If you are looking for something indoors, there’s a large arcade room with slot-machine-style games, racing games and plenty more to keep your kids busy and you feeling nostalgic. An amusement park complex wouldn’t be complete without a go-kart track, and Keansburg does not disappoint. It’ll cost you anywhere from $3.95 for the Short Track, or $6.95 for the Grand Prix Track. Kids will need to be over 54 inches tall for the Grand Prix and between 42 and 54 inches tall for the Short Track.

Conclusion

Despite the smaller size and slightly-dated feel, Keansburg is a classic family tradition and is a great place to spend a day or two. If you loved going to amusement parks as a child, this is the park to bring your kids to. When all the other parks are looking for bigger and faster coasters, Keansburg is continuing with classic, memorable rides and coasters for children of all ages to enjoy.

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