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The Jeske/Gonyo Collection - Beach Picnic and Sea-Arama (1966)

Randal Jeske

Silent | 1966

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  •  DIY beach picnic in Galveston, including toasting marshmallows 
  •  Parade back home in Needville 
  •  Leisure time in the water near Baytown 
  •  Seals and dolphins perform at Sea-Arama Marineworld in Galveston 
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This 1966 home movie shows the Jeske family at play along the Gulf Coast. First, they visit Galveston, where they enjoy a picnic on the beach. In Baytown, friends and family swim in the gentle waves of Trinity Bay. On another trip to Galveston, the Jeskes stop by Sea-Arama Marineworld, where they watch the seal and dolphin shows. Also included is footage of a parade in the family’s hometown of Needville.
Opening in 1965, Sea-Arama Marineworld in Galveston was one of the first ocean theme parks in the nation. It spanned across 25 acres, including a four-acre ski lake and a 200,000-gallon aquarium. The park offered a variety of attractions, from shows with dolphins and Mamuk, the killer whale, to alligator wrestling and snake charming to a water-ski performance. 
By the late 1980s, Sea-Arama needed major renovations. After Sea World opened in 1988, the park found it difficult to compete and unwilling to invest in the dying park’s revitalization. Sea-Arama closed on January 14, 1990. The ruins of the park remained until 2006, when it was finally torn down.