Palisades Amusement Park
The Cyclone Roller Coaster, a carousel, and the Tunnel of Love are among the many attractions beckoning us to the Palisades Amusement Park.What started out in 1898 as a New Jersey picnic grove designed by a local trolley car company to increase weekend ridership, Palisades Park grew to become one of the world's most famous fun centers, a carnival wonderland unlike any other which instilled a life's worth of magical memories to anyone fortunate enough to have passed through her gates. A trip to the park was not a mere excursion - it was a wildly anticipated event. High atop the palisade cliffs, the attractions, which at its naissance were comprised of humble benches, table and concession stands, exploded to include the Cyclone roller coaster, the Tunnel of Love, the world's largest salt water wave pool, a carousel, various rides and a Wild West show. The famed open-air entertainment venue at the amusement Park played host to everyone from Benny Goodman to The Jackson Five to the Junior Miss America Pageant. One constant remained from the venue's inception: the breathtaking view of Manhattan. In this wonderful bit of graphic nostalgia, many of the park's attractions are visible, as well as Grant's tomb across the Hudson. Sadly, Palisades Amusement Park closed its doors on September 12, 1971.