Ferris Wheel Returns To Nags Head At New Amusement Park This Summer
For many generations of visitors and locals of the Outer Banks, the annual appearance of the Ferris wheel at the old Dowdy’s Amusement Park just prior to the start of tourist season was a beloved sign that summer had arrived on the Outer Banks, and this year the Ferris wheel will rise again in Nags Head.
The site plan was approved last week for a new amusement park to operate this summer from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day in Nags Head from the same the family that owned and operated Dowdy’s in the town for almost 40 years.
The new park will include a Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, four kiddie rides for children ages 5 to 10, child-sized go-karts, and three or four amusement games to be located at the Full Throttle Speedway site on US 158 near milepost 15.5, according to The Outer Banks Voice.
The Nags Head Board of Commissioners voted last week to approve the site plan from Full Throttle Speedway and Mutiny Bay Adventure Golf owner Darnell Tillett, whose grandfather Joe Dowdy opened the original Dowdy’s Amusement Park in 1962.