Rocky Point State Park has been a beloved public attraction in Rhode Island since the mid-1800s. The property has been a location for many attractions including a clam shack, hotel, concerts, and most notably as The Rocky Point Amusement Park. The park operated from the late 1840s until its closing in 1994. During the 1950s to the 1990s, Rocky Point Amusement Park was a popular tourist destination in Rhode Island. The park featured rides including the Log Flume, Corkscrew Loop Roller Coaster, Skyliner, and The Freefall, which would fall 13 stories at 55 miles per hour! The Shore Dinner Hall, which closed in 2000, was famous for its clam cakes, lobster, manhattan style clam chowder, and steamers. In addition to amusement rides, Rocky Point hosted concerts! Performances included Janis Joplin, AC/DC, Jane’s Addiction, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and much more!

In the 1990s Rocky Point’s financial situation became unstable. This, unfortunately, led the park to close in 1994. However, in 1996, Rocky Point opened its doors one last time to say farewell to its loyal patrons. Although the amusement park is gone, Rocky Point still lives on in the memories and hearts of Rhode Island residents, through movies, books, and much more!

In 2003, Rocky Point was purchased, and demolition began shortly after. 8 years later, it became a state park. When visiting, you can find the upper and lower stations for the Skyliner gondola ride, ruins of an old water tank, and an arch by the entrance. The amusement park may be gone, but its skeletons still remain. Rocky Point State Park is a great place to go on your next family walk, bike ride, or even to watch the beautiful sunrise! Relive your old memories today at Rocky Point State Park!

Visit Rocky Point State Park at 1 Rocky Point Ave Warwick, RI.

Cassie Remillard

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