Jenny and Teddy Meeks sat outside at Pier Park to share a quiet meal without their three teenage children. The night was clear along Panama City Beach ; not far away, waves were lapping ever so slowly. Teddy, a wholesale jeweler, looked at the shops and restaurants and observed, "There's nothing here for kids. Open since , the development sports colors reminiscent of Key West and architecture from Old Florida. Initially, he thought a Ferris wheel might work well in a patch of grass just beyond the development's theater. With a few dozen clicks of the mouse, he found the carousel that had been at Miracle Strip Amusement Park , a landmark a few miles east of Pier Park.
Hotels near Miracle Strip Amusement Park, Panama City Beach
Miracle Strip Amusement Park (Panama City Beach, FL) Review & Ratings | Family Vacation Critic
Email Address. Located across from the beach in Panama City, the park did not look like your average theme park and resembled the traditional seaside boardwalks of the past. The park featured many of the typical rides you would find at any carnival nowadays including scramblers, bumper cars, a carousel, and a haunted house. In , it was announced that the park would close the following year due to lack of interest, loss of money and increased expenses to keep the rides maintained and running. Many of the rides were either sold off or disappeared, some being found and reopened under the same name. In , Pier Park opened down the street where Miracle Strip once stood, open-air dining, entertainment, and shopping mall. Teddy Meeks, a wholesale jeweler, sought to put a carousel in Pier Park.
Panama City Beach miracle strip amusement park
The highlight of the park was The Starliner Roller Coaster, an "out-and-back" wooden coaster designed by John Allen upon the park's initial conception. A few other rides lay near the Starliner and a small arcade center and food stands rounded out the fledgling park. As the strip grew in popularity and Panama City Beach became more of a tourist location, the park grew as well. More and more rides were added throughout the late s until the s, and the park grew up around the Starliner, which was by far the main draw for the park's entire run.
Sat, May 8 - Sun, May 9 1. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. A flat-screen cable TV, towels, and linens are provided. Each accommodation also features a balcony with pool and Gulf views. This resort offers a private beach area with complimentary beach chairs as well as a hot tub and fitness centre.