The Cyclone Cafe is the prominent place place to eat in the park serving pizza, hot dogs, burgers, chicken fingers, salads and cheesesteaks. However, the adjoining boardwalk and Surf Avenue are home to many local establishments and chains. Besides the original Nathan's location you can find Popeye's, White Castle, Grimaldi's (pizza) along Surf Avenue. Ruby's and Paul's Daughter are longtime neighborhhod hangouts on the boardwalk.
The season opens Palm Sunday with weekend operations until Memorial Day.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day the park is open daily.
Between Labor Day and Halloween the park reverts back to weekend operations.
Established Seasonal Events
The only event hosted in the park is Halloween Harvest on weekends leading up to Halloween.
The Mermaid Parade takes over the neighborhood on a Saturday in late-June. Not an event to attend is you don't like crowds.
The Independence Day (July 4th) Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest is also a very busy day in the neighborhood.
Access & Location
The park can easily by accessing by mass transit taking the D, F, N,or Q subway lines to Coney Island - Stillwell Avenue stop.
Luna Park does not have any shows, but Coney Island has fireworks on specific nights (check the park calendar).
Steps outside the park is the last traditional 10-in 1 continuous sideshow, Sideshows by the Seashore.
Once the summer is in full swing the Coney Island Museum is open Wednesday - Sunday.
Zamperla USA (CAI) took over the lease for the old Astroland plot and brought in many of their parent company's flat rides. The park lost a little of it's traditional and carny feel. It is now runs in a more polished manner, but long ride cycles remain a Coney Island tradition.
Most of the larger flat rides have high minimum height requirements so while there are limited rides, younger children will not have a lot of shared rides with their parents.
Although food options in the park are limited, there are wonderful independent food vendors right outside the park gates, including Nathan's and Grimaldi's Pizza
The place is pretty enjoyable. Cyclone is my favorite coaster of the bunch. As much as I wanted to like Thunderbolt, it was a bit clanky.
The employees were fairly unpleasant. Mostly unprofessional. I saw a ride lead get in a loud verbal disagreement with his supervisor in front of Thunderbolt. A few employees were pleasant, but that definitely wasn't the majority. Operations wise, we experienced a lot of ride downtime as well. A little unsettling when you are working with a 4-hour wrist band.
Overall, some pretty fun flat rides and a ride on Cyclone and Steeplechase will make you leave with a smile on your face.
Also, Nathan's sucks. I know you HAVE to eat there because you love Joey Chestnut, but don't expect anything special.
You know, back in July 2014 during the Summer Bridge Program at KIPP NYC College Prep, I did have fun, but rained near the end of my visit to Coney Island. So, I somehow give it 4 and 3/4 of a star, but since the star rating is gone, I'd give it a good park to go to out of best....
I liked it. The coasters here are nice and fun. It's never crowded, and there's stuff to do for the family. You only need to spend a couple of hours here, and it's just overall a good park and is underrated in my opinion.
This park is decent it has a lot of unique rides especially air racer which now when I go back to visit is really the only ride I care for. The things I hate about the park are the ride prices and the lack of a Coney Island feel. Its nothing like astroland which had its nice carny style. Most Of All The Thing I loath about the park is that ever since it took over management of the Cyclone they got rid of the $5 dollar re ride option making two rides now cost $16. Overall its no a great park and its not a bad park but i just hate the lack of Coney Island feel especially growing up going every summer.
Luna Park, has a nice collection of rides. The combination of coasters and flats fits the area. The kiddie coaster, was cute and fun (it was my 100th coaster) and the Tickler was a spinning mouse coaster. Luna Park also offers one of the most unique rides around in Air Race. It looks like it's going to be a typical flat ride, but watching the ride (as sadly I can't do spinny type rides), this ride packed a nice punch, and throughout the day I heard good things from all who rode.
Having never been to Astroland, I can't offer a comparison to the past, but Luna Park is a very nice place in the middle of an area that's a bit run down. Being in the middle of New York City, prices are high and crowds can be an issue, but there's not too many other places to ride with the beach on one side and skyscrapers on the other. The Cyclone still delivers ridiculous rides in the back row, and there are some interesting flats, particularly the Air Race and Brooklyn Flyers swings. The other credits are nothing too special. Food is available, but you've got Nathan's so close by it'd be a shame not to eat there. Some entertainment is available (or check out the Coney Island Freak Show).
Protip: Take the subway, don't drive!
Reachable by public transportation from Manhattan.
Additional rides in the area courtesy of Deno's Wonder Wheel Park and other independent ride operators.
Food options in the vicinity
Major coasters, Cyclone and Scream Zone, (also run by Zamperla) are not included in wristband prices.
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