The rich history of Coney Island amusement parks dates all the way back to 1903, making it the birthplace of the modern day amusement park. Serving New York City for well over a century, Coney Island has a colorful history of being NYC’s favorite summertime playground.
Although we’d love to dive in to the unique history of Luna Park, it’s a story that only Coney Island could tell you itself.
Continuing to grow back in to its stature as a world-class amusement destination, Luna Park has fostered the rebirth of the infamous seaside attraction that is Coney Island.
Here are some of our favorite Luna Park must-dos.
Declared a City Landmark in 1988 and a National Historic Landmark in 1991, The Coney Island Cyclone first rattled its wooden roller coaster way back in 1927. The “Mother of American roller coaster culture,” the Cyclone is a top destination for visitors to NYC. With over 2,640 feet of track, 12 drops and 27 elevation changes, The Cyclone will creak and rattle its way in to your beloved summertime traditions.
First opened in 2011 during Coney Island’s facelift, Scream Zone is operated by the same group that runs both Luna Park and the Cyclone. Home to some of Coney’s most thrilling rides including The Slingshot, the Steeplechase Coaster, the Torpedo and the Soaring Eagle, Scream Zone is a must for those looking for a little extra heart pounding action.
One look at The Thunderbolt and you’re sure to get chest palpitations. Beginning with a 90-degree vertical drop, this 2-minute long thrill ride takes its visitors across over 2,233 feet of steel highlighted by a 100-ft vertical loop at speeds up to 55-mph. Not for the faint of heart.
Bringing a taste of Italy to Coney Island with 24 flavors of artisanal gelato, Coney’s Cones crafts handmade treats using state-of-the-art techniques.
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Best for families, friends, couples, and those seeking out the need for speed, the Coney Island Raceway is home to a 24-cart raceway dedicated to high-speed racing on its 900 foot course.