Riverview Beach Park -Pennsville, NJ

Riverview Beach Park

Route 49
Pennsville, NJ

Step right up and get your popcorn here. Well, at Riverview Beach Park this was a happening place in the early 1900s. It consisted of a roller coaster, ferris wheel, carousel, the tunnel of love (oui oui, baby.) It was a magnificent splendor. Folks were transported in via a steamship from Philadelphia, Chester, and Wilmington. The trek consisted of 3-4 hours of travel time to get here. Trolleys and trains also helped patrons on their journey to the park.

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The entrance to Riverview Beach Park

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The nostalgia of Riverview

It had an expansive beach area for bathers to enjoy the Delaware River. Also, a swimming arena with a massive swimming pool. A theater and an Inn. It was a nice amusement park up until 1967. Again, another Delaware River resort that disappeared in the 1900s. Washington Park and Sea Breeze (previous posts) all crumbled as well. It is sad.

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The view

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Awesome swings that line the river path

In 1976, Pennsville purchased the land. Annually they hold a huge celebration called, Septemberfest. A fair reminiscent of the last century of rides and amusements.

Today, the park is quite nice. Views overlooking the Delaware. The lake still remains of the original Tunnel of Love. There are lovely swinging benches along the scenic river. It is a great place to sit and feel the wind in your face.

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Walking Trail along the river

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The old “Tunnel of Love” Pond.

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Mural of the old Riverview Beach Park

There are jogging trails, kid play areas, restrooms, picnic facilities, tennis and basketball courts. It’s a lovely day if you decide to check it out. For a great view, just next to the park is the Riverview Inn Restaurant. Great food and an awesome view.

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Covered pavilion area

I like how they’ve kept up with the “nostalgia” feel of the place. It is like stepping back in time. It’s great to see a place keeping the history intact.

8 thoughts on “Riverview Beach Park -Pennsville, NJ

  1. Well done. I spent some great summer days there as a child. My Dad died when I was still very young and this place was one of the few memories I have of him and family. Would you happen to know what became of Moss Mill Lake Campground? It was on Moss Mill Rd about 2 miles from Smithville.

    • Margie, I haven’t heard anything on the campground. Although, Moss Mill Rd. sounds so familiar to me. I’m very sorry about the loss of your father at such a young age.

  2. Thank you for your article & comments about Riverview Beach Park. I have so many happy memories of Sunday School picnics with my family. We would come from our church in Millville & there were so many of us that were cousins around the same age…it was heaven! One memory, in particular, was when our grandmother, Etta Whildin, would take each of us (one at a time) on the “Flying Scooters” until each of us had our turn. I bet that “Grandmom” rode on it at least 8-10 times in a row. (I know that she loved doing that, I’m sure)

  3. I remember in the 1950’s going to Riverview Beach with my parents and grandmother. I loved riding the Hummingbird Roller coaster. There was a ride at the park I never saw anywhere else. It was a donkey ride. If I remember correctly, it was an individual (or maybe two could fit) metal donkey up on tall legs. It moved around a track and sort of rocked back and forth as it moved. Does anyone else remember this? I would love to have a picture of this or at least see it again. We always took a picnic lunch and stayed all day. My mother remembered riding the Wilson Line as a child to the park since they didn’t have a car. Glad I found this page!!

  4. IN THE MID TO LATE 1940’S MY DAD, DAVE WILSON, WAS THE PASTOR AT THE PENNSVILLE METHODIST CHURCH. THE THEN OWNER OF RIVERVIEW BEACH PARK WAS A MEMBER OF THE CONGREGATION AND INVITED MY BROTHE DAVID AND I TO COME TO THE PARK ANY TIME WE WANTED AND ENJOY ALL THE RIDES AND THE HUGE POOL FOR FREE. WE WERE ABOUT 6 AND 8 AT THAT TIME AND OUR MOM WOULD PACK US A LUNCH AND WE WOULD WALK TO THE PARK
    ( IT WAS TOTALLY SAFE BACK THEN) SWIM IN THE POOL UNTIL LUNCH, EAT OUR LUNCH IN THE GROVE AND DO THE RIDES UNTIL WE HAD TO BE HOME BY 4 O’CLOSK—-THAT WAS AT LEAST 3 DAYS A WEEK. WE EACH HAD A BALL AND UNBELIEVABLY GREAT MEMORIES OF RIVERVIEW BEACH AMUSEMENT PARK.

    BOB WILSON

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