Trimper's Rides and Amusement Park, Ocean City, MD, is located where South First Street meets the boardwalk in this beach resort town. It is adjacent to the Inlet Village shopping center.
Trimper's Rides was established in 1887, and has been an anchor of the boardwalk here for over a century. It is a historic landmark for Ocean City.
There are 100 rides, games and attractions here. The Heschel Spellman antique carousel is one of the oldest of its kind to still operate in the United States. While most of the animals are typical carousel horses there are other animals as well. Even an ostrich and a dragon can be found on this merry go round. Its hand carved wooden animals have carried children in circles since 1902.
Wooden replicas of the park's carousel are available from the nearby carousel shop. There are unlimited replicas of some horses as well as limited collector's replicas of other creatures.
More than a dozen indoor rides here are mostly for the smaller kids. They include the standard water boats, merry go rounds and other slowly spinning rides. More than 30 outdoor rides suit the entertainment needs of both the young and the older kids alike, including roller coasters, adult bumper cars and even a Haunted House.
One price unlimited rides wristband admissions are available for continued riding throughout the day. The wristband does not apply after 6 PM.
Trimper's Rides and Amusement Park, Ocean City, MD, usually begins to open anywhere between late March and early may, depending on the weather. By June 15th all rides are operating every day. Closing time is midnight or later. The park opens at noon on weekends and 1 PM during the week.
Indoor rides open for much of the winter months as well. Nearly every year a new ride is added to the park.
The current manager of the park, Granville Daniel Trimper, is the grandson of the Trimpers who founded the park after first opening a seaside resort hotel here. The Inlet Village Shoppes are also run by the park owners today.
Visitors to Trimper's Rides and Amusement Park, Ocean City, MD, are attended to by between 300 and 350 employees during the busy months. A skeletal crew of 38 people staffs the park in the other months, when it is only partially in operation. Five generations of people have been employed here over the more than 100 years of park history.
Two and a half miles of boardwalk stretch past Trimper's filled with additional activities to engage in before or after visiting the park. More than a dozen hotels are located near this park, which is roughly 130 miles east of Washington D.C., just south of the border with the most southeastern part of Delaware.