Ocean View Amusement Park (Virginia)

Amusement park in the United States

Ocean View Amusement Park
Image courtesy Thomas Hawk
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Status Defunct
Operated 1899 to 1979
Owner Virginia Electric and Power Company
Operator Ocean View Amusement Company

Ocean View Amusement Park was a trolley park located in Norfolk, Virginia, USA. The park opened in 1899 and fully closed in 1979.


In 1899, Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO) formed a subsidiary named Ocean View Amusement Company which would oversee the operation of an amusement park located at the end of their trolley line.[1][2]

Ocean View Amusement Park was featured in various film productions throughout its time. The final film project known as, "Death of Ocean View Park" featured the demolition of The Rocket roller coaster.[1][2]

Civil War

Ocean View Amusement Park was located along Ocean View Beach where President Abraham Lincoln stepped onto the battlefields in defence of the Union against Confederate forces, eventually retaking the Norfolk area while still sparing much of the city from the destruction of the war.[1]

The Largest Crowd

On July 4, 1928 the largest crowd to ever come to Ocean View Amusement Park descended upon the park. A total of 35,000 visitors came to the park that day. The Virginia Electric and Power Company increased trolley service and automobiles lined the roads leading into the park.[1]

Past roller coasters

Name Manufacturer Type Opened Closed Fate
Rocket Edward A. Vettel wooden 1920s 1979 Scrapped
Serpintine Unknown wooden Unknown Unknown Unknown
Figure 8 Unknown wooden Unknown Unknown Unknown

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Yarsinske, Amy Waters (1998). Ocean View. Images of America. USA: Arcadia. ISBN 978-0738568263.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Norfolk Perspectives - Ocean View Amusement Park". YouTube. Norfolk Neighborhood Network. 2010. Retrieved 2021. {{cite web}}: Check |archiveurl= value (help); Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)