While I wouldn't make a special trip to Ocean City, Md., to ride the coasters (especially when the best one is a Boomerang), Trimpers is worth a look if you're checking out the Eastern Shore. This small seaside park has a very good, old-school haunted-house ride, along with two very funky, enjoyable walkthroughs (themed to pirates and the Arabian Nights). Plus, there's just something intoxicating about the smell of French fries and crab cakes as you wander along the boardwalk.
Trimpers is home to a number of antique rides, most notably its beautiful 1902 Herschell-Spillman carousel, which is the oldest continuously operating carousel in the United States. Other antiquities of note include a kiddie Ferris wheel and whip, and a second (kids-only) carousel from the 1920s.
I would rank Trimpers' Haunted House up there with its counterpart at Knoebels as the best example of a Bill Tracy dark ride still standing. Tracy's Pirates Cove--which I personally prefer over its d
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