Ocean Heights Amusement Park
Located in Port Regal, the Ocean Heights Amusement Park overlooks the Centery Narrows where they open out into Great Bay. The park was established in 1958 and has remained a popular tourist attraction in the area. It suffered through a long dry spell through the late ‘80s and ‘90s, but the resurgence of the city has given the amusement park a new lease on life. The past few years have been some of the park’s best and next year looks even better as more and more people are paying visits to Ocean Heights.
The park is located on a rocky rise, surrounded by a high chain-link fence with a single entrance toward the south. The amusement park features several rides, including a Ferris wheel, roller coaster, log flume, haunted house, hall of mirrors, and a number of other small rides like a tilt-a-whirl, bumper cars, and so forth. Rows of traditional arcade games and an arcade building with modern electronic games are popular with the local kids. The park’s sideshows and live performances have become smaller and fewer over time, and it’s likely they’ll be phased out soon. Stands serve fried dough, hot dogs, hamburgers, and similar food, while candy- and caramel-apples are traditional fare in the late summer and early fall.
Ocean Heights is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day in the summer and closed down the rest of the year. Management sometimes rents the park for private events, which can keep it operational until November 1 or the first snows. The park management-company has a year-round contract with Stronghold Security to provide security personnel for the park when it is open and to protect it when it’s closed.