Keansburg Amusement Park determined to open for Easter

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When Hurricane Sandy decimated the Keansburg Amusement Park, owners Hank and William Gehlhaus quickly determined they wanted to have the park reopened by Easter – the traditional start of park’s season. But only a few weeks removed from Sandy, they had no clue what it would take to get there.

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john peck's avatar

I wonder if the Wildcat is totaled, they said it's leaving. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that has been non-operational for a while.

It was working well last year.

I can only imagine how much damage they took from the storm. I hope the fishing pier (Or at least part of it) is still going to open.

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Although I've lived in Jersey my whole life, I've never been to Keansburg. Is it worth a stop if I'm heading down that way or in the vicinity?

The amusement park rises bold and are huddled on the beach in a mist

Hey, if it's on the way to somewhere, why not? LOL

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rollergator's avatar

Not sure if they still do it (we visited about a decade ago) - but they used to put graphite down on the floor of the bumper cars....massive sliding.


I think it's a must see - but only if you are already in the vacinity unless you have little kids. There are a ton of old but decent kiddie rides and a decent free beach (Granted with few amenities).

The waterpark is small - but uses its limited space well. There are some sidewalk restaurants and drinking establishments for those who like that sort of thing, some decent food stands, games and a series of batting cages.

The deal sealer for me is the fishing pier that is about half a mile long. There is a bait store and snack shack there and every so often they use a golf cart to make snack runs along the structure. You can catch blues, bass, fluke and porgies there.

The layout is a bit haphazard...a ride here a stand there...not too much order and not too many bathrooms.

There is a small tower ride, a swinging ship ride, a chaos and a Moby Dick.

Granted all of this was before the storm.

By the way...since they deal mostly with kiddie rides, I found the clientele decent and not overly obnoxous in any way.

Nice spot to just hang out, eat a few things, go on a few rides and watch the sunset.

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