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The Most Popular and Expensive Boardwalk Rides at Seaside and Point

A look at amusements and rides in Seaside Heights, Seaside Park, and Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach.

The rides at Seaside Heights boardwalk and pier and at Jenkinson's on Point Pleasant Beach are a staple for tourists and locals.  But how much does one ride cost patrons?

The difference between the Wally Gater children's coaster and the adult thrill rides isn't just the height requirement to ride them. There's a big dollar difference, too.

Here's a rundown of what's new this year at the area's amusement piers, and also the cost to ride some of those attractions.

Walking through Funtown Pier, located at 1930 Boardwalk in Seaside Park, the Skycoaster is pulling riders in the area only to release them through the air over the waters. The Slingshot is throwing people into the air and the Ferris Wheel is filled.

The Skycoaster costs $20 for a single ride, $12 for a video, $10 for a t-shirt, and overall, the ride lasts less than 5 minutes.

"At the top, you're so scared and you drop, and you just let go," said Kelvin Rodriguez, 11, of New York. "It was definitely worth the cost."

The thrill ride is open until midnight or sometimes later, depending on how business is going at night, according to David Petrov, a Skycoaster employee. 

To the right of the Skycoaster stands the SlingShot. A single ride is $20 per person, with t-shirts and videos for $10 each. "The Real Deal" is for two riders, with two t-shirts and a video, for $55. The SlingShot ride lasts for less than two minutes.

John Nash of Toms River rode the SlingShot with his 7-year-old daughter Thomasina. Nash says it was worth the price, and that rides along Casino and Funtown Pier are not too expensive.

Casino Pier, located at 800 Boardwalk, is a five minute walk from Funtown Pier.

At Casino and Funtown Pier, prices are the same for individual tickets and bundles:

  • 100 tickets - $50
  • 45 tickets - $25
  • 20 tickets - $12
  • 1 ticket - $.75

Wristbands are available at Funtown Pier for $15 unlimited rides from noon to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday. 

Brian DeMan, general manager of Funtown Pier, mentioned the new addition of three rides: the Typhooon , TopSpin, and Surf's Up.

Besides the attraction to the new rides, DeMan says the Tower of Fear, where riders are shot 225 feet in the area, and Skycoaster are the most popular rides at the Funtown Pier. 

Casino Pier offers weekly specials for wristbands and unlimited rides throughout the summer. Mondays and Wednesdays are Wristband Day on all Pier rides except Skyscraper and Go Karts for $15 from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays are Midnight Madness days for $15 for unlimited pier rides from 9 p.m. until midnight. 

Ride and Slide passes are also available for Breakwater Beach for $42 for adults, $37 for children, and $27 for seniors from 9 a.m. until pier closing. Prices for Breakwater Beach are available online. 

According to Toby Wolf, a Casino Pier employee, patrons favor the Perfect Storm, an interactive play area with slides and waterfalls, and the Patriot's Plunge, a six lane water racing slide.

Josh Karu, a Casino Pier manager, says the three most popular pier rides are the single cart Starjet rollercoaster, the Music Express, and the Skyscraper. Riders on the Skyscraper swingset can go up to 162 feet high at speeds of 70 miles per hour. 

Kiddie rides at both Casino Pier and Funtown Pier require anywhere from four to six tickets while adult rides run from six to 14 tickets for a ride. The most expensive rides at Funtown Pier are the Tower of Fear and Go Kart Track. At Casino Pier, the Rock Wall requires ten tickets, making it the most expensive on that side of the boardwalk. 

Twenty minutes up Route 35 north stands Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach with a number of games, rides, and an entertainment complex for adults.

According to Marilou Halverson, Jenkinson's Marketing Director, the top rides at the boardwalk are the Moby Dick swinging ride, the Boardwalk Bounce freefall ride, Bumper Cars, The Flitzer coaster, and the Super Himalaya.

Flitzer and Moby Dick cost eight tickets each to ride, making them the two most 'expensive' rides on the boardwalk.

Most kiddie rides including the Carousel range from 3 to 6 tickets. Rides are open daily at noon from May 31st to Sept. 12th and until Oct. 11th on weekends only. Every Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m. and Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., wristbands can be purchased for $15 a person to ride all of the rides. 

Sixty tickets can be bought online for $25 and 140 tickets can be bought for $50 plus coupons for locations on the boardwalk. 

Kristin Hennessy July 25, 2011 at 01:18 PM
Jenkinson's already does give free beach passes to our local volunteers. They have been doing this for years.
LA RUE July 25, 2011 at 02:12 PM
It's your money. Spend it on what you want. A rip off, is only a rip off, if you spend it and complain about it. The more they charge, the less people will go.. The less they go, the price goes down.Simple math.
Joseph Woolston Brick July 26, 2011 at 02:22 AM
Jenks has been trying to buy Risdens for years and the people that own it wont sell it to them. It's not that they are holding out for big huge bucks, they don't want to sell it to the Storino's for any price. You are right Risdens should build some amusements but, the family that owns Risdens is up in age, the money not available and the are only interested in keeping going what they have already.
Joseph Woolston Brick July 26, 2011 at 02:34 AM
I had visitors come to the house with kids one 14 and the other 16. We all decided to go to the Boardwalk and I had not been there in a very long time, the adults were shocked by the sticker prices. I can imagine other families not knowing the rip off that awaits them when they get to Point. While other families may bite the bullet and not want to look like financial failures in the children's eyes and blow their hard earned cash on overpriced crap, we explained to the kids that the place was a rip off and not worth the money they were asking, so we gave them a choice and said." OK here's the deal, you can go on that Roller Coaster that costs $7.50, last less than two minutes and is not over 40ft tall or for a dollar more each, we can go see Harry Potter in 3D and that will last two plus hours, which do you want to do?" I can tell you the last Harry Potter film is excellent, the kids loved it, it was airconditioned to the max and we saved a ton of cash. It's not that we couldn't afford to be ripped off, on the contrary we could, we refused to be parted from our hard earned cash by the rip off artist owners of the Point Beach Boardwalk
colin cook June 12, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I was. Planning to go to point this weekend but after reading all your comments. I will have to try the movie theater instead. Thanks Everyone.

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