Luna Park

New York City

The original Luna Park, the most famous of Coney Island's competing amusement parks, opened in 1903 and reigned for decades until destroyed by fire in the 1944. A completely new Luna Park was constructed in 2010, incorporating as its showpiece the classically clackety wooden roller coaster the Cyclone ($10), which opened in 1927 and sparked roller-coaster fever in American culture with its near-vertical drops and speeds of 60mph. It's now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

There are over two-dozen newer rides in Luna Park, which ranges across several blocks on the south side of Surf Ave (note that Deno's Wonder Wheel is run by a separate business) – including the massive Thunderbolt ($10), a modern roller coaster with a 90-degree vertical drop and 100ft loops. New rides being constructed for the 2020 season include a splashdown log flume and a ropes course with zip-lines.

Check online for opening days and times, which vary by month. An unlimited ride pass can be bought in advance at a big discount on their website.

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