Miracle Strip at Pier Park

Panama City Beach

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In a Nutshell

Flowers and nostalgia abound at a retro amusement park with rides such as the Tilt-a-Whirl and the original Miracle Strip carousel

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Promotional value expires Mar 13, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Riding a carousel is easier than riding real horses, who cannot trot in a perfect circle unless they are first lectured on the concept of pi. Take a whirl away from math class with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $20 for one day of unlimited rides for two (a $44 value)
  • $39 for one day of unlimited rides for four (an $88 value)

An unlimited pass allows guests to hop aboard all eight amusement-park rides, including the carousel, Ferris wheel, and a swinging pirate ship. The armband also covers admission to the butterfly pavilion, where 30 Floridian butterfly species and moths flit between flowers. Certain rides have height restrictions—click here for more information.

Miracle Strip Amusement Park

Although true time travel is still a thing of science fiction, Teddy and Jenny Meeks have captured a similar sensation at Miracle Strip Amusement Park. Though the original, decades-old park closed in 2004, the couple brought it back to life In 2009 by purchasing the 1964 Allan Herschell Carousel that had previously been one of its most iconic attractions. The Meeks installed the ride in a 14 acre park beside Pier Park, and its 30 horses and two chariots were immediately swarmed with giddy riders—some children, and some adults who fondly remembered feeding the horses wooden apples at the carousel's former home. The spinning steeds so charmed the locals that Teddy and Jenny began a more comprehensive revival. They bought Miracle Strip's 1985 Balloon Race and 1952 Red Baron rides, and when they couldn't find the park's original 1975 Ferris wheel, they hunted for one of the same make and model.

The Big Eli wheel now awards its guests views over the Gulf of Mexico and several other classic rides, including a Tilt-a-Whirl. Flowers cloak hanging baskets adding to the venue's picturesque nostalgia.


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