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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. 

Sean Conneamhe July 24, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Rides are fun.
Joseph Woolston Brick July 24, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Wow are Benny's that crazy that they will pay $20 for a ride? I'm in the wrong business! What happens if you have two or three kids $60 for less than five minutes of screaming? You kidding me? Is there a family discount, there better be cause none of my family is spending that kind of cash for some stupid ride. What's even worse, is the baby roller coaster at the Point boardwalk, they want 8 tickets for a ride on a pathetic roller coaster that doesn't even last over a minute. Each ticket cost .90 X 8, $7.20 for a ride on a coaster that doesn't even reach over 50ft really? One thing all of you have to realize, is that the Point Boardwalk is owned almost entirely by one family who is also trying to take over the Seaside Heights boardwalk. There is practically no competition to drive down the cost. The Point Boardwalk is practically a monopoly until it's not they can get away with charging anything they like. So my family doesn't go to either boardwalk. It's a shame that in this economy that the owners of these rides are sticking it to us. I thought they would be saving money with all the kids they import from the Ukraine and Russia and not hiring American kids to run the rides and games that they could offer "family" prices for their entertainment they provide. Guess not.
Billabong July 24, 2011 at 07:12 PM
I find it strange that you bash Bennies and go on about the crazy prices but you fail to mention what most locals already know - you can spend time at the boardwalk amusements at a reasonable price. Both boardwalks offer discount ticket prices (and buy 1 get one free ticket books) during both the Christmas and Easter seasons. We buy our tickets then and then hit up the food stands at Funtown Pier where hot dogs, drinks, pizza can all be had for between $1-2 each. Are the regular prices nuts? Yes. Is Jenks a greedy, money-grabbing company? Absolutely. But the people who pay the high prices when there are other options available are just as guilty.
Joseph Woolston Brick July 24, 2011 at 08:52 PM
Well Billabong here's the thing. My relatives come for visits in the SUMMER and we don't know when they are coming of if they may come, they may not, so buying discount tickets during Christmas or Easter which I'm sure are only good during that time and not for the summer season and even if they are , who the hell plans that far ahead? As far as the Benny's go, not bashing them, just wondering why they would even consider paying $20 for a ride? At those prices people should stay away in droves and then watch the prices come down. What is needed is another millionaire that is willing to give Jenks a run for their money, put up rides that are cheaper and better. I'm sure there is someone out there that could open up a stand and compete at least. I think if Jenks keeps this up, people will eventually go somewhere else, that's why they are going after more property in Seaside. Kill the competition,the name of the game.
Donna July 24, 2011 at 09:15 PM
Tickets at Jenkinson's purchased at Christmas or Easter time are good during the summer months. In fact tickets are good from summer to summer, year to year. Tickets never expire!
Billabong July 24, 2011 at 11:43 PM
Joseph, I'm completely with you on the need for competition for Jenks. Their prices are outrageous but I do have to commend them on the fact that if you buy their ride tickets, they do not expire. As for Funtown Pier, if you buy ride tickets during Christmas or Easter, they are good for the impending summer. The buy 1 get 1 deal is good and you have the option to buy either the 45 ride book ($25) or the 100 ride book ($50) and you get a comparable book free. Personally, I'm not one who has the disposable income to throw $20 on one ride but more power to the people who do. As a local, I'm all for visitors to the area having fun and spending money - I just ask that they extend courtesy, common sense, and consideration to those that live here year-round.
ginger July 25, 2011 at 05:12 AM
personally i hate both of them However i have found season passes at six flags the answer when u have 5 kids We go mid week no more crowded than the boardwalks and they screen for weapons going thru the metal detector Sure some lines are real long BUT lots of others to choose from
Billabong July 25, 2011 at 10:21 AM
And with Six Flags season passes, you can get there when they open at 10:30 am and leave when it gets crazy around 2-3 and not feel bad. Ginger is right about the Tues-Thurs crowds being light. I went on a Thursday a couple of weeks ago and by 3pm I had been on every single coaster in the park except Rolling Thunder (and not having to wait longer than 15-20 minutes for any ride). We try to roll Six Flags season passes and buy 1 get 1 boardwalk tickets into our budget for Christmas gifts and/or Easter baskets for the kids. This way we're not getting killed on the regular season full prices.
Beach_N8iv July 25, 2011 at 11:26 AM
If these people are dumb enough to pay $40 to park their cars why not hit them for every penny you can?
John Wayne July 25, 2011 at 12:13 PM
Who cares, if visitors are willing to pay higher prices for parking, drinking, rides, beach etc...it is their business. It should not matter, they are not forcing individuals to come or pay. If that is what they want to do. That is why I don't agree that we need to give a break on how much it cost or the town charges to park. It is basically all the money they get besides someone who breaks the law in some way. If they want to park closer to the beach and pay more, a premium they will. The council has to realize that they are not helping the families by keeping the parking charges lower, especially when the visitors don't mind paying to get on beach, high price drinks, food, rides and games. They will come regardless and pay if that is what they want to do. If you go to some sporting events, concerts and NY shows. They all charge a hefty price to park, drink and eat.
Joan Vuocolo July 25, 2011 at 12:54 PM
When you purchase tickets for the rides at Jenkinson's, they never expire. They are good from one year to the next. Even if you buy them during Christmas and Easter!!
John Wayne July 25, 2011 at 01:03 PM
What I am hearing from the local Adult employees that work for Jenks, Some of the American kids do not want to work. So they bring foreigners from other countries to work because they don't have enough local kids willing to work. Maybe they don't feel they pay enough and the reason many don't want to work, why should they, if they can get minimum wage some where else. It is all right if you have a job where you are getting tips. You know who is getting all those jobs, if you are in a job, that pays $3.25 per hour and no tips, not worth it. The earnings my kid was making was spending it on food/lunch even at 20% off. At least let the local kids eat for free. Maybe jenks/martell's should give some yearly free beach passes to local Point Beach residents for the inconvenience they go through and just maybe they would shut some up? Most likely they would not take advantage or even go half the time. Some families that live here can't even afford to get on the beach in there own town that they live in, and just maybe it would be nice giving it to some of the local families that live here.
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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