Riverview Beach Park
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.