Many Coney Island boosters wept (at least on the inside) when this amusement park closed in 2008. Luckily, its most famous ride, the...
Deno’s Wonder Wheel
The pink and-mint-green Deno’s Wonder Wheel dates back all the way to 1920. It is the best place to survey Coney Island from up high.
The oldest and only dive bar on the Coney Island boardwalk is an institution: Ruby’s Bar & Grill has been around since 1934 and has...
The hot dog was invented in Coney Island in 1867 - which means that eating a frankfurter is practically obligatory here. The top choice:...
Luna Park information
Lonely Planet review
The most famous of the amusement parks on Coney Island, Luna Park. Opening in 1903 - a dream world with live camels and elephants, illuminated by more than a million bulbs. Today, it is still possible to ride the Wonder Wheel (opened in 1920) and the clackety Cyclone roller coaster (1927). The Cyclone ($8), is a wooden roller coaster that reaches speeds of 60mph and makes near-vertical drops. (Way scarier than anything at Universal.) It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There are also newer rides, including the Soarin’ Eagle ($7), a roller coaster in which riders fly around on their bellies.