Jolly Roger Amusement Park®
History of Jolly Roger


50 Years of Family Fun

In 1964 Charles “Buddy “ Jenkins and Arnold Palmer met…Jenkins had just acquired a large parcel of bayside property in Ocean City MD and Palmer-the reigning “King” of golf at the time was developing Driving Ranges and Miniature Golf courses.

Jenkins purchased a franchise and in July 1964 opened the Arnold Palmer Putting Course and Driving Range. The following year, he added 10 Amusement Rides and over the next several years Jolly Roger® Park established itself as a major tourist attraction in the seaside resort.

And In 1974, Jenkins acquired the rights to the iconic Ocean City Pier and with a multi-million dollar renovation added new rides and attractions.

Over the years, Jolly Roger® Parks added a wide array of attractions-a full scale Amusement Park, several live shows, a petting zoo but most importantly in the early 1970’s at the 30th St location added a Go Cart Track and a concrete water slide that were the beginnings of Speedworld-now home of one of the largest collections of go carts and tracks in the country with over 11 Tracks and 400 cars…And Jolly Roger’s® crown jewel, Splash Mountain Water Park-arguably one of the best water parks in the region.

As Jolly Roger® Parks celebrate their 50th Anniversary this summer, this family owned and operated Amusement Park has become a tradition of family fun for generations of tourists. And it’s 35 acres comprise the best of nostalgic rides and new cutting edge attractions…it has truly become an Ocean City landmark.