Rocky Point’s Animal Attraction

Trying to find documentation about Rocky Point’s midway carousel is like riding it — round and round you go until you end up at the same place you started! Let’s begin with the year it was built: some say 1910, others say 1915, and a few say 1917.  So, let’s look at the facts: Rocky… Continue reading Rocky Point’s Animal Attraction

The year Rocky Point Park put a *cork* in it! (Part III)

“And I just have to say that I’m pleased to visit the Rocky Point Palladium.  Hey, listen, this is the first time I’ve been to an amusement park in years.  In fact, I wanted to check out the Corkscrew, but the Secret Service guys wouldn’t let me do it.”  President George Bush at a Fundraising… Continue reading The year Rocky Point Park put a *cork* in it! (Part III)

The year Rocky Point put a *cork* in it! (Part II)

In the 2007 movie, You Must Be This Tall: The Story Of Rocky Point Park, amusement park historian John Carothers holds up the postcard below. Carothers whimsically explains that the postcard is fraudulent; that this is not Rocky Point’s Corkscrew coaster.  He then goes on to point out the differences between the two coasters. Carothers was… Continue reading The year Rocky Point put a *cork* in it! (Part II)

Rocky Point’s Movers & Shakers, Part I

Of all the amusement parks I’ve visited and/or researched, I can’t think of one that had so many “moving parts” than post-1948 Rocky Point Park.  Trying to document the rides’ comings and goings, as well the movement of rides over the midway, is like trying to measure the speed of dark.  However, I’m going to… Continue reading Rocky Point’s Movers & Shakers, Part I

Rocky ’round the world!

Do a Google search of Rocky Point and most of the images you’ll see are of our beloved Rocky Point Park in Warwick, RI.  (1947 to 1998). But scroll down.  You’ll be intrigued by what else you find.  For instance, there’s Rock Point Park in Elwood, PA (1885 to 1911). And there’s Rocky Springs Park in… Continue reading Rocky ’round the world!

Backtracking at Rocky Point Park

To some it’s a reprieve from a day of white knuckle terror.  To others it’s an enchanting escape into unknown terrain, with joyful anticipation of what lies beyond the next bend. For  centuries, the smaller-than scale-train has been a staple in American amusement parks.   The train ride appeals to all demographics – from train… Continue reading Backtracking at Rocky Point Park

1948: Rocky Point Park 2.0

  Those old enough to have walked through the ruins of Rocky Point Park in the fall of 1938 would tell you they had seen the apocalypse.  With the exception of a few attractions, namely the Rock Cafe, the Flying Turns, the midway carousel and the Tumble Bug, most of the park was leveled by… Continue reading 1948: Rocky Point Park 2.0