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Luna Park at Coney Island, Brooklyn

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Luna Park was an amusement park in Coney Island, Brooklyn in New York City that opened in 1903. Built partly on the grounds of Sea Lion Park (1895), it was one of the three original iconic large parks built on Coney Island, the other two being Steeplechase Park (1897) and Dreamland (1904). Luna Park was located on the north side of Surf Avenue on a site between 8th street, 12th street and Neptune Avenue. The park was mostly destroyed by a fire in 1944.HistoryIn 1901 the park's creators, Frederic Thompson and Elmer "Skip" Dundy, had created a wildly successful ride called "A Trip To The Moon", as part of the Pan-American Exposition at Buffalo, New York. The name of the fanciful "airship" (complete with flapping wings) that was the main part of the ride was Luna, the Latin word for the moon. The airship, and the later park built around it may have been named after Dundy's sister in Des Moines, Luna Dundy Newman.At the invitation of Steeplechase owner Harry George Tilyou, Thompson and Dundy moved their show to Steeplechase Park, a Coney Island amusement park, for the 1902 season. The deal ended at the end of the summer after Thompson and Dundy rejected a Tilyou's contract renewal offer that cut their take of the profits by 20%.
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TripAdvisor
  • Be aware their wristbands are not available during the weekend in the summer. Given that anyone can enter, it gets a bit crowded at night so I recommend going during the day ... on a cloudy or not too...  more »
  • We strolled through this Coney Island amusement park and observed people of all ages enjoying the rides and playing the games for prizes. Rides varied from really tame for very young children to wild ...  more »
  • I can never get enough of this place or the beach. :) There is enough entertainment for the whole family. If you visit you also need to check out the peer. this is great for all families and ages.  more »
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  • Its actually a great park with lots of rides. Wonderful for kids. There are plenty of places to eat or buy snacks and balloons/Gadgets. Nice place to go and have fun. Like i said the Park is great. Some of the people who visit it can be questionable behavior wise but it's not the Park fault. Stay safe and have fun
  • The Park does not cover a large area but there are a large number of attractions. The staff was pleasant. The park was clean. It's also conveniently located near the Belt Parkway and cross the street from the NYC Transit. Also located near the beach and the NYC Aquarium. Just come early! It will get crowded.
  • Best experience we've had in recent times. Anybody looking to get away from Manhattan concreteness, just come here and enjoy the rides. All the rides were amazing and enjoyable. Also lots of stuff for kids too
  • Great place to take the kids on a Sunday! Lots of activites//rides to keep them busy. The earlier the better as the park becomes more crowded around 4pm-7pm, in my experience.
  • Want to have a good go coney island. They have movie by the beach I believe every Wednesday. The aquarium is not to far. Just walk the board to west 8 st.