Family vacation Massachusetts to New Jersey Part 2- Coney Island,NYC, and Playland

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After the days at Six Flags New England and Lake Compounce we drove over to the New York City area. We got our hotel in New Jersey near the Lincoln tunnel and then headed over to Coney Island in Brooklyn.

After driving over to Coney Island and driving around the area a few times to find a parking spot it was finally off to ride the classic Cyclone. I paid my $6 to ride it and sat in the middle of the train. I couldn't wait for the front like I hoped because the guys working the Cyclone were literally screaming to go in the other seats. Up the lift hill we go. I have heard the story of the classic Cyclone that is rough and out of control. In a way I was disappointed. It seemed slow to me over the hills and around the curves. Just didn't pack a punch like I thought it would.

Rode it a couple more times . Once in the front car and once in the back. The back was a little better but to me still seemed slow.

We then headed over to Nathan's hot dogs to eat some dinner. Scarfed down some hot dogs and fries and then headed over to the beach. We were glad it was kind of chilly outside. What a mess. Garbage floating in the water. Glass sticking out of the sand. It was pretty bad.

After paying 25 cents a piece to use the restroom, my 6 year old daughter and I rode the big apple kiddie coaster a few times.

It was starting to get dark and we were about to leave when I convinced my wife and daughter to ride the wonder wheel with me. I am petrified of ferris wheels for some reason but I really wanted to try it. So we paid the $5 a piece to ride and got in the swinging car. I'm glad I did it. It was pretty cool and even though I was still nervous, I didn't seem as bad. That ended our time at Coney Island.

The next few days we spent in NYc seeing pretty much all the major sites. We had tickets to a game at Yankees Stadium so we went to see our beloved Cleveland Indians lose again in front of some of the most rowdy fans we have ever seen. The fans there scream profanity every other word to other non yankee fans. It was bad. Thank God we didn't lead on that we were Indians fans.

So after visiting most of NYC, we headed to Playland in Rye, NY. We got there at open and got our tickets to ride. Everything opened with the park except the coasters. I asked the employees at the coasters and they didn't seem to know when the coasters would open.

My daughter rode the wooden kiddie coaster and loved it. Of course they don't allow adults on so I couldn't ride this one. Still no adult coasters running so I started to get a little nervous. The family flyer steel jr coaster opens so we hoped on that a few times.

Finally they started to open the adult coasters one by one. First I jumped on the Crazy mouse. Its my 349th coaster. Pretty good mouse coaster. Then its onto the Dragon wooden coaster.

I get on in the back car for my 350th coaster. It was just OK. Not much for thrills. It is a great wooden coaster for enthusiasts that are just starting out. There was a big celebration for my 350th coaster with champagne and a party.... Yeah right. My celebration was my wife video taping me and buying a coffee mug with my picture of me riding the Dragon.

I then rode the SuperFlight flying coaster. This was the first of this kind of coaster for me. Wow. What a strange load. You have to climb up some steps and stand in the train. They lock a cage behind you then lower the train into the flying position. It was a interesting ride. A little rough around some of the sharp curves but other than that not too painful.

After my daughter spends some time in the kiddie section we are now out of tickets so we decided to spend some time at the beach. My daughter was so looking forward to the beach. We grab our stuff from the car only to find out that the beach is closed. Oh well. So we headed back to the hotel and Times Square.

The next day we went and seen Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty before heading down to Six Flags Great Adventure.

Next up - Six flags Great Adventure.

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Hopefully you checked out the Playland carousel. I think it's the most beautiful and amazing piece of mechanical amusement machinery I've ever laid eyes on. Truly a masterpiece. The bumper cars there ROCK too!

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