Bay Beach is a small amusement park which came to the world's attention when it purchased Zippin Pippin, named by Elvis Presley as his favourite rollercoaster.
|Season||May to September|
|Owner||City of Green Bay|
Six Flags Great America (164 miles)|
Bay Beach is a small amusement park on the banks of Green Bay, near the mouth of the Fox River in Wisconsin. It has been owned by the City of Green Bay since 1920, when the land was donated by the former owners who had already been successfully running it as a small amusement park with a rollercoaster, shoot the chutes ride and dance hall.
Today the park attracts families with its small selection of rides, ferris wheel, picnic shelters, playgrounds and miniature train.
In 2010 the City purchased the Zippin Pippin rollercoaster, which had been SBNO at the former Libertyland amusement park in Memphis, Tennessee. The ride was relocated (or at least as much as was salvagable - part of it collapsed as it was being dismantled) and opened in its new home at Bay Beach on 21 May 2011.
Zippin Pippin was reportedly Elvis Presley's favourite rollercoaster. He had hired out Libertyland for a private party and rode Zippin Pippin repeatedly in the early hours of 8 August 1977, in what was to be his last public appearance. He died eight days later. A sign has been erected near to Zippin Pippin, commemorating the King's favourite ride.