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Brooklyn, New York City 


Coney Island Rides 


Coney Island has been referred for more than 100 years as the largest "playground" in New York City, attracting thousands of visitors each year with its amusement rides. At its height there were three major amusement parks in Coney Island, which have now closed. There are still rides to enjoy including ferris wheels, roller coasters, carousels, water slides, and bumper cars operated by several operators. The rides generally open throughout the week from late May to early September and on weekends from Mid-September to Mid-May. 

The Cyclone at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City
The Cyclone at Coney Island by Mttbme

You can easily find the amusement rides at Coney Island since they are located at the beachfront along the boardwalk. Three of the rides have been designated by the city as landmarks. This includes the Cyclone, a roller coaster built in 1927 and one of the oldest wooden roller coasters in the United States. The Wonder Wheel is a 150 feet (46 meters) ferries wheel built in 1918 and with a capacity to carry nearly 150 riders. Another landmark is the 262-feet (80 meters) Parachute Jump, started in 1939 but no longer in operation though its structure remains and dubbed as Brooklyn's Eiffel Tower.

The Parachute Jump at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York City
Parachute Jump at Coney Island by nycmstar

Luna Park is the newest amusement park in Coney Island, having opened in 2010 and named after the old Luna Park which operated until 1944. The new Luna Park is on the former site of the Astroland amusement park and operates about 20 rides ranging from thrill rides to rides for small kids. Each ride cost $3-5 but visitors can purchase a wristband for unlimited rides for four or six hours. Another amusement park is the McCullough's Kiddie Park, offering 12 rides for small kids. Old favorites here include the carousel, ferris wheel, mini-train, swings, and tug boat ride.

Location: At the beachfront along the boardwalk

Website: Coney Island Fun Guide


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