Welcome to Brooklyn, home of delicious pizza, the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, and iconic Coney Island. Recently my family and I spent a day in Brooklyn at Luna Park, Coney Island’s amusement park.
While some enjoy sitting on the beach to relax all day, we were looking for more of a thrill, and Luna Park was just the ticket. With over 30 rides, there’s a ride for every age and adrenaline level. Take a ride on the Slingshot or go for a spin on the carousel.
How to Get There
Coney Island and Luna Park are easily accessible from any borough, with the Subway and bus service. Visitors can take the Q and F trains to West 8th Street Station or the D, F, N, and Q to the Coney Island-Stillwater Avenue Station. To arrive by bus, visitors can take the B36 to Surf Avenue and West 8th Street or the B68 to Neptune Avenue and West 8th Street. Those who drive will find ample parking in and around the Coney Island area, both free street parking and paid garages are available.
Rides For All
If thrill rides are not for you, Luna Park offers arcade and carnival-style games all around the park. Take your chances at the 3 point challenge, visit Bob’s Fishin’ Hole, or play the Water Racer to win an array of treats and prizes.
Foodies – Get Excited
Foodies will love the park with options such as Nathan’s Hot Dog Stand – technically located outside the park, but definitely worth the stop. Inside the park, you’ll find the typical park treats of ice cream, cotton candy, pretzels, and funnel cakes, as well as burgers, fries, and seafood; there is something to please every palate.
Luna Park hosts events throughout early April through late October. During the summer holidays, the park can get packed quite early each day with everyone wanting to enjoy the weather.
During the fall months, the park is home to Halloween Harvest. Visitors can partake in face painting, pony rides, pumpkin picking, and pumpkin carving demonstrations.
Summertime Fun (Thinking Ahead for 2018)
With so much history at Coney Island, it’s no surprise that this little gem is home to some of the most popular events during the summer months, including the Mermaid Parade and Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest. The Mermaid Parade is usually hosted in June, while Nathan’s contest takes place annually during July 4th. These events can draw thousands to Coney Island; so make sure you plan ahead if visiting on those days!
Of course, a hot summer night can also be fun at the ballpark, which happens to be right next door! Home to the Brooklyn Cyclone’s, an affiliate of the New York Mets, this smaller venue is perfect to spend an evening at the ballpark without dropping a ton of cash.
For all things Luna Park, make sure to visit 365 Tickets USA to buy your discounted tickets and get in on all the fun before the 2017 season is done! Or to plan your trip for 2018!