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Rainbow Rapids

When I was buying postcards and researching for the book a photograph or postcard of Rainbow Rapids was always on my Top 10 list, but I couldn’t get my hands on one.  Thus, even though I mentioned Rainbow Rapids in my book, there is no photo – regretfully.  Dozens of postcard shows and many EBay auctions later I finally located and purchased a Rainbow Rapids postcard last weekend. Here it is. Published by The Scheller Co. in 1982.  I remember the buzz that surrounded the grand opening of the water park and I also remember my first rides on one of those mats down the slides. Rainbow Rapids was something very new in Seaside Heights. It was exciting for us kids.  For those who may be unfamiliar…Rainbow Rapids was located at the northwest corner of Grant & Central Avenues and replaced the historic ice plant.  An empty lot is there  now.        

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  1. OMG!!!!! I cannot believe I am seeing a picture of the Rainbow Rapids!! My husband and I were in our 20s, and dating at the time, and we spent a lot of days in Seaside. After our day on the beach, before driving home, we always rode the Rainbow Rapids. I could be wrong about the price, but I think it was $5.00 for 1/2 hour. We have fond memories of Rainbow Rapids, I guess because it was the newest thing going at the time, and we just had so much fun there. I remember getting an abrasion on my hip, because the slides were cememt, and after that I always wore shorts over my bating suit. LOL! I also remember that second slide was a pretty wild ride (just my opinion.) We just loved that place! Thank you sooooooo much for posting the postcard!

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  2. I’m from TR across the bay and worked in Seaside from.. oh.. 1975 until 1982 or so. I remember being in the ice plant on that block. I couldn’t believe they leveled the ice house and then built a hill to make those water slides. And $5 for a half hour sounds about right. I think they then converted RR over to a putt-putt mini-golf place. Not sure what’s there now. I worked at Lucky Leos and then Casino Pier where they converted the pool over to a waterpark to compete with RR and that probably drove RR out-of-business.

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  3. FINALLY! Thanks for sharing. I loved RR … a true pioneer in water slides! Looking at it now, it’s definitely more of a hill than a mountain, and I can actually feel the cement slides tearing at my skin.

    I had a cool RR blue polo shirt, complete with the late ’70s logo …

    There have actually been a decent amount of cool slides in Seasides Heights and Park through the years! i was just thinking about the WET BANANA the other day.

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  4. Love it! So many memories from the 70s/80s there. Do you also remember that there was another water slide during that time period, closer to the boardwalk? Trying to remember the name of it and blanking. Talking late 70s/early 80s era. I remember freaking out — my brothers and I would go there at night, and I was always afraid that if I slipped and slid too much going down the waterslide I would end up splat on the street below.

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