The Steel Pier is a family-oriented amusement park located on the 1,000-foot seaside pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It is owned by Trump Entertainment Resorts and is actually located just opposite the Boardwalk from Trump Taj Mahal. Donald Trump was also responsible for restoring and rebuilding the park after it was devastated in a 1982 fire. Steel Pier is notable as the location where Miss America was traditionally crowned during the years 1935-1938 as well. It has been open and operational since 1898.
The wide variety of attractions at Steel Pier is fairly varied, running the gamut from amusement park and carnival classics to unique, new adventures. All the favorites you would hope to find at a family amusement destination are present and accounted for including a Ferris wheel, a tilt-a-whirl, a beautiful double decker carousel, and a bumper car arena. Other very popular attractions include but are not limited to the giant slide, a rock climbing wall, wet boats, a kiddie coaster, and the Crazy Mouse coaster. There are even helicopter rides and access to a go kart track available for those in search of a little something different.
All rides are family appropriate, making Steel Pier a popular and historic destination for those looking to spend an afternoon of fun. Access to most of the rides is obtained via purchase of individual tickets, allowing guests to spend as much or as little as they want to on experiencing the actual attractions. Tickets are available in bulk via discount ticket books that include coupons as well. Wristbands are also offered certain days of the week for those who wish to purchase all-day access. Tickets for the helicopter rides must be purchased separately.
Live thrill shows are also part of the mix at Steel Pier. Although the exact shows and performers vary from season to season according to who's actually been booked, past and present shows have included such exciting spectacles as motorcycle performances involving steel globes and high wire trapezes. Those interested in Steel Pier's thrill shows should contact the park directly or visit their web site for an up-to-date schedule before planning their visit.
Steel Pier also offers their guests a number of options when it comes to group visits. Groups of 25 or more are eligible for a discount if reservations are made long enough in advance. However, some of the park "extras'' such as helicopter rides are still not included in the package. Food voucher programs are available for those interested and groups are allowed access to Steel Pier's picnic pavilion to plan get-togethers, family reunions, and picnics.
For children who want to make their birthday special via celebration at an old-time amusement park like Steel Pier can take advantage of the park's birthday party option. A Steel Pier party includes many amenities including free sand art, a birthday cake, reserved use of the park's pavilion area, a choice of either hot dogs or pizza for lunch, beverages, and all-day ride passes for each child. Options for graduation or post-prom parties are also available.