Must-See Coney Island
by nycgo.com staff, 05/13/2014 [Updated 05/20/2015]
Photo: Alex Lopez
1000 Surf Ave., 718-373-5862
The modern incarnation of Luna Park, now in its fifth year, boasts such rides as the Tickler, a spinning Wild Mouse–style roller coaster featuring maddeningly tight turns; the speedy Air Race, which subjects riders to forces of four Gs—up to 25% more than a space shuttle launch would; and the Wild River log flume, with its 40-foot splash landing. More extreme thrill seekers may enjoy such rides as the Sling Shot (in which participants are shot into the air at 90 miles per hour). It's classic Coney Island fun at a place that takes its name and aesthetic from one of the "Nickel Empire" parks of yore—the old Luna Park, which operated from 1903 until it was destroyed by fire in 1944. The crescent moon and pinwheel motif will look familiar to anyone who remembers the original. And while the rides cost money, it's free to enter and poke around.