In the early 1900s, tourists from all over Connecticut and from other parts of the country as well flocked to the popular Savin Rock Amusement Park in West Haven. In the minds of many, Savin Rock rivaled CONEY ISLAND IN NEW YORK. It offered amusement park rides, a theater, and restaurants as well as swimming in the gentle waters of Long Island Sound. Postcards in the collections of the Connecticut Historical Society show that visitors to Savin Rock in the early 1900ss enjoyed themselves in the same ways that visitors continue to enjoy similar resorts today.
Savin Rock became a popular vacation spot by the 1870s, when ferries and horse-drawn cars from New Haven created easier access to the site. The New Haven Harbor beachside resort had a playground and carousel. Savin Rock Amusement Park thrived in the 1940s and THE 1950s and was closed in the 1960s. One of the last reminders of the area is Jimmies of Savin Rock, a restaurant known for its seafood and split hot dogs.