Discover Ocean City’s iconic amusement park in Trimper’s Rides, the newest pictorial history from Arcadia Publishing. The new book, written by local authors Monica Thrash and Brandon Seidl, is part of the popular Images of America series and boasts more than 200 nostalgic images.

As many locals will tell you, “No trip to Ocean City, Md., is complete without a visit to Trimper’s Rides.”  This new pictorial history displays images of the bright lights, park rides, carnival games and the generations of park visitors. The evolution and success of Trimper’s Rides embodies the American dream. It began when an enterprising German immigrant named Daniel B. Trimper and his large family took a chance on a little-known seaside town. They built a top-notch family-entertainment experience, which has weathered many storms and challenges, yet continues to delight visitors today.

Trimper’s Rides chronicles this journey with nostalgic images, most of which come from the Trimper’s family collections, and helps preserve the history for future generations of park goes. Author Thrash and Seidl state that the book “pays tribute to the many people, events and attractions that have made Trimper’s Rides the unforgettable destination for family fun for over a century.”

Highlights of Trimper’s Rides include:

  • Information on the Trimper family and their involvement in local politics and civic organizations.
  • Images of the 1912 Herschell-Spillman menagerie carousel.
  • The dark rides and spooky fun houses, such as Pirates Cove and the Haunted House.
  • Favorite rides that have been retired, such as the Toboggan and the Wild Mouse.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

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