Alexander: The adventures continue with state #3 of the trip: up-state New York, in the lovely northern tip of Rochester, home to Seabreeze Amusement Park!
This classic coaster gem is a must-see for any coaster historian. Half of their roller coasters sport very unique and significant historic designations!
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Seabreeze is virtually perfect. They have some annoying/arbitrary policies (no re-rides even when the queue is empty; kid required for the kiddie coaster), but other than that this place hits the mark on all accounts.
Whirlwind is your standard Maurer. Nothing to write home about, except for the car never unlocked on our 2nd ride. Being forced to take the entire ride in a fixed (facing backward) position was a unique but uncomfortable experience.
It indeed feels like a micro Matterhorn Bobsleds on stilts, and it’s every bit as good as that likening could possibly suggest. It was probably the biggest surprise of the trip, securing a proud place in our steel coaster rankings as well as our hearts.
Seabreeze boasts a strong flat ride collection along with its coasters; spinners old and new call the Rochester park home (which, in case you haven’t already figured, is nowhere near the sea. It is perched on the edge of Lake Ontario, however).
The park’s Zamperla Hawk24 install is well loved and well maintained. The same cannot be said for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom’s Hammerhead Shark; what was once a signature ride for “The New Marine World” is now seemingly circling the drain, based on our most recent visit.
A mere year older than America’s other classic Jack Rabbit at Kennywood, the Seabreeze Jack Rabbit is officially the world’s oldest continuously-operating roller coaster. Meaning, the Jack Rabbit is the oldest roller coaster in the world to open for business and not close down for any significant length of time.
This feat is especially remarkable considering the numerous fires that Seabreeze endured during Jack Rabbit’s first 15 years; blazes in 1923, 1930, 1933, and 1935 all claimed various rides and threatened the Jack Rabbit.
Walking back from our parking lot photo shoot, we couldn’t help but admire the evolution of the handicap parking space.
That concludes our coverage of the good parks of New York state (The Great Escape is a good park too, but we didn’t get to it this time).
Join us next time for the hot mess express that is the Buffalo NY area parks – Darien Lake and Fantasy Island.
It’s not going to be fun, but it will be interesting. Promise.
Thank you for following along with California Coaster Kings & Cabin Crew Coaster Kings‘ latest adventure: An American Northeast trip through Maryland, East Pennsylvania, Up-state New York, and Ontario, Canada!
Here’s the park’s we’ve visited and will launch reports for! The names will become links as soon as they are live!
- Adventure Park USA – Part 1
- Knoebels – Part 2
- Dorney Park – Part 3
- Hershey Park – Part 4
- Dutch Wonderland – Part 5
- Seabreeze Amusement Park – Part 6
- Darien Lake – Part 7
- Fantasy Island – Part 8
- Canada’s Wonderland – Part 9
- Marineland Canada – Part 10