Belmont Park is a beachfront amusement park located at Mission Beach in San Diego, with a historic Giant Dipper wooden rollercoaster.
|Opened||4 July 1925|
|Season||Open all year|
|Nearby||SeaWorld San Diego (2 miles)|
Legoland California (25 miles)
Disney California Adventure (81 miles)
Disneyland (82 miles)
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Belmont Park is located next to the ocean, just beyond the sand at Mission Beach in San Diego. The park's skyline is dominated by the Giant Dipper, a historic wooden rollercoaster which opened along with the park in 1925. It was designed by Frank Prior and Frederick Church, famous for their wooden rollercoaster designs. The Giant Dipper was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986.
The rollercoaster was built in just 4 weeks, at a cost of $30000. Alongside banked turns and several drops, it features a tunnel prior to the lift hill. Unfortunately, the years have not been kind to the Giant Dipper, and it has become terribly rough and does not give a pleasant or comfortable ride experience.
The Giant Dipper is currently joined at Belmont Park by several other rides including a carousel, bumper cars, a tilt-a-whirl and a train ride. The park also features a number of shops selling tshirts and beach fashion, and restaurants serving typical foods such as Dole Whip and hot dogs on a stick.