Sometime around Mid August my family, my girlfriend and I are going to the Scranton, PA area to visit relatives, and we are possibly gonna head for NYC for a day. I have been twice before, but both times were in the winter. This is the first time during the summer and I wanna stop by Coney Island for the historical significance. I know the Cyclone and Wonder Wheel are must ride, but is there anything else worth riding (would it be better to just pay for one or a couple rides on each or to get POP? If POP is the better option, then would it be hard to do both parks within a couple hours? thanks for any answers!
A couple hours should be more than sufficient...POPs are weird there, I'll let someone local (or at least more knowledgeable) answer that part...
At Astroland don't miss the manually-operated in insane-mode Breakdancer, the log flume [one of the first ever made] and Dante's Inferno dark ride.
Over at Deno's make sure you get a swinging car on the Wonder Wheel and ride the historically-significant Spook-o-Rama dark ride.
Jimvid...did I miss anything?
Good catch on the dark rides Mooshie...
Dante's Inferno "coasts" about as much as Devil's Den...can I *count* it? ;)
It really depends on how much you want to ride and what you want to ride. Astroland offers 2 POP sessions on weekdays except for on Friday when they only have one. I would first call to make sure that there are no special events planned and that Astroland will be open (as sometimes they have unannounced weekday buyouts during the days for summer camps). The POP at Astroland runs 21.99 and will get you 4 rides on the Cyclone and unlimited rides on everything else at Astroland. If you plan on riding more than 5 rides at Astroland the POP is the way to go! If you spin, do not miss the Breakdance or Topspin2. Their Arrow log flume is cute and the Dante's Inferno is (unfortunately) the best dark ride @ CI. Plus the obligatory cree-ho Big Apple coaster.
In regards to Deno's - you can buy a pass for 5 rides for $20 which is good for any of Deno's attractions. Obviously the Wonder Wheel in a swinging car is a no brainer. If you're a dark ride enthusiast, Spook-a-rama is a must - if you're not, skip it. They also have a Miler kiddie coaster.
In regards to stand alone attractions, the B&B Carousel is currently under restoration not to resurface until 2008 in a new location. If you ride Zippers, you must ride the one at Coney. The ultra-rare Saturn 6 is incredibly well run. Also, the El Dorado Auto Skooters are excellent - they are expensive ($5-6/per person), but you can reride multiple times for $1/ride and it's air-conditioned.
Other things of note, make sure to wander into Rubys Bar on the boardwalk to check out the photo collection. If you have time, the freakshow is very good. The Coney Island musuem is sparce, but for 99 cents and the money going to a good cause - it's worth 5 minutes of your time.
Obviously for food - a Nathan's hot dog is obligatory. A banana-pistachio twist ice cream from Denny's is excellent, and if you're adventurous for Oysters and Clams (and corn on the cob) go to Pete's Clam Shack.
You can spend a lot of time and money at Coney OR you can run in and out with minimal expense - it's really based on how much you actually want to do.
Hope that helps and that you have fun!
Long Live the Saturn 6!
Jim 'jimvid' McDonnell
Hey Jim... when are you free to join me over there? ;)
What is the best way to visit Coney Island?Do you drive(coming from Pittsburgh)or do you park outside the city and take a train/subway?
When I go I usually park in the Aquarium parking lot, For $15 or was it $20 you get off street parking next to the Cyclone thats good all day, and a free admission to the aquarium.
I would first call to make sure that there are no special events planned and that Astroland will be open (as sometimes they have unannounced weekday buyouts during the days for summer camps).
Doh! Wish we would have known that for our visit on Monday. We were planning to do the POP from noon to 4:00pm, but were denied by all the little kiddies in their green Police Athletic League shirts. :( On the plus side, Recess and I managed to return for a taste of the Coney nightlife after finishing up at Seaside early. We rode both the El Dorado scooters and the ones near the Top Spin. I thought the latter were far superior.
I just want to ride the Cyclone one time before I get too old. :)
Also here is the NYC Subway information.
The walk from the PATH system station at the World Trade Center (by the way, you will get a view of the WTC like NO OTHER anywhere else...it litterally runs through Ground Zero!) is relatively short...only a few blocks to get to the East Broadway NYC Subway station to pick up the D line. From there just follow the signs to Coney Island. You can get off at 2 different stops for Coney Island...either Coney Island - Stillwell Ave. or W. 8th St - NYC Aquarium. The Aquarium is right by the Cyclone. However Coney Island Stillwell Ave is at the other end of the Coney Island area (closest the parachute tower).
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