About Luna Park
Built on the grounds of the former Astroland in Coney Island, Luna Park entertains thrill-seeking visitors -- young and old -- with 28 attractions (everything from coasters for big "kids" to twisty tea cups for the little ones), 13 games, 8 food stalls. Its iconic entrance is patterned after the entry to the original 1903 park. The history of the park stretches back to 1903, when the legendary amusement park, Luna Park, operated on Coney Island until 1944. This second iteration of the park has been open since 2010. For the most comprehensive experience, visitors gain access to the rides through a wristband, which includes four hours of unlimited time on selected rides.
Rides at Luna Park are designated by their "thrill levels," from mild to extreme. Extreme Thrill Rides (none of which are included in the unlimited wristband) include the Sling Shot (get shot 150 feet up into the air at more than 90 mph, then free-fall back to Earth), the iconic Cyclone roller-coaster (a Coney Island mainstay since 1927), Zeniobio (somersaults at 60mph 180 feet up in the air, anyone?), Boardwalk Flight (skydiving over the Atlantic Ocean), and the Coney Island Raceway (go-karts plus speed racing).
There is a greater variety of High Thrill, Moderate Thrill and Mild Thrill Rides, most of which are included in the unlimited wristband purchase. Highlights include The Tickler, a High Thrill roller coaster with tight turns and rapid-fire drops, all while rotating; Wild River, a High Thrill classic log ride ending in a 40-foot plunge that's perfect for hot summer days; Coney Island Hang Glider, a Moderate Thrill free-flight hang-gliding experience; Lynn’s Trapeze, a Moderate Thrill flying carousel; Balloon Thrill, a Mild Thrill rotating hot air balloon; and Mermaid Parade, a Mild Thrill kid-sized water flume.
Also available at Luna Park are classic carnival games, including Whac-a-Mole, Roll-a-Ball, Break-a-Plate and Duck Pond (replete with prizes available for skilled carnie-game players). And if you work up an appetite, the Cyclone Cafe serves burgers, chicken wings, pizza and fries with outdoor seating; Place to Beach dishes up Mexican-inspired cuisine and hosts a nightly dance party with live DJs and bands; and the Carousell Grill brings both savory and sweet to the park with Pie Face pies such as Philly cheesesteak, chunky steak and BBQ pulled pork on the savory side, and apple, chocolate and cherry on the sweet. And, of course, the Coney Island boardwalk is close by with snacks available from the standards, the highlight of which is Nathan’s Famous.
Shirts and shoes must be worn at all times on rides. Professional photography and video equipment are not allowed in the park, nor are animals (with the exception of service animals). In inclement weather, rides may be temporarily closed; there are no refunds for inclement weather. Loose articles, such as cell phones and cameras, are not allowed on rides and should be left with non-riders (or placed in secured pockets). Bicycles, skateboards, scooters and rollerblades are not allowed on the premises. Ride height restrictions are posted at each ride, along with symbols indicating its intensity.
Did you know?
A series of fires destroyed the original Luna Park amusement park in 1944; it’s now home to a five-building co-op apartment complex also called Luna Park.
The original park was named after park co-creator Elmer "Skip" Dundy’s sister, Luna Dundy Newman.
Beach lovers, thrill-seekers and those on a family fun-day quest will want to make Luna Park a part of their fabulous day at Coney Island.
Good for kids?
Of course! Amusement parks are made for kids (and the young at heart). The mix of mild and extreme thrill rides will allow children of all bravery levels easily navigate the park.
Luna Park Location Information:
1000 Surf Ave.
Brooklyn , NY 11224
Q, F to W 8th St–NY Aquarium; D; F; N, Q to Coney Island/Stillwell Ave.