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Rye Playland is the first 'planned' amusement park, and still has the same shape it did in the 1920's. The owners have gone to great work to keep the landscaping clean and colorful.
If you aren't familiar with it, the park was featured in the movie 'Big'. It's right along the beach and has it's own boardwalk and private beach you have to pay for, along with a large swimming pool.
The park itself isn't that big, but despite it's age has been kept up so the old walkways look like they did when they were new, only many of the rides have changed. The old Dragon rollercoaster is there, as well as a new small rollercoaster called Superflight, which is a portable flying coaster that you board while the car is moving. They also have an old mill, a whip ride, funhouse, an old merry-go-round, and one of the only two remaining Derby Racer carousels. This is the first time I rode a Whip ride, one of the many old rides you just don't get to see on the west coast.
The majority of the employees are islanders, and I also noticed that the employees in this park are incredibly polite. Especially compared to many of the other parks where you are lucky to get the time. You don't pay an admission price, they go by the point card here. I had to leave early though, and continue on my trip.