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Coney Island, Cincinnati

Categories: Water Parks, Water & Amusement Parks
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4/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
Coney Island is a small amusement park and waterpark located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Anderson Township, on the banks of the Ohio River 10mi east of Downtown Cincinnati. The park is currently owned by Brenda Walker.HistoryConey Island's beginnings date back to 1867 when an apple farmer by the name of James Parker purchased 400acre of land along the shores of the Ohio River. James soon realized in the early 1870s the popularity of the farm's location, and that renting it out was more profitable than his apple orchard. He eventually added a dining hall, dancing hall, and bowling alley. He later sold the land in 1886 for $17,500 to a company called Ohio Grove Corporation headed by two steamboat captains. In time for the opening on June 21, 1886, the name was officially changed to "Ohio Grove, The Coney Island of the West" in an effort to link the park with the famous New York destination. Fortunate enough to be on a riverfront location, riverboat soon became the most popular method of transportation for park visitors. In 1887, "Ohio Grove" was completely dropped from the name as the park became known simply as "Coney Island".Over the years, the park became a full-fledged amusement park, complete with rides and carnival games. In that capacity, Coney Island was a Cincinnati institution. However, the park's proximity to the river made it prone to frequent flooding. In 1968, park management entered into talks with Taft Broadcasting for the purpose of developing a new park on higher ground. Taft responded by buying Coney Island outright in 1969, and construction began the following year on a new site located in Deerfield Township of Warren County 25mi north of Cincinnati along Interstate 71. Coney Island closed its amusements on September 6, 1971, as most of its rides were moved to the newly completed Kings Island theme park.
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  • This was a fun event with the kids. Similar to the Louisville Zoo Boo where the kids can go from station to station and get a treat. For this being our first time here, it was fun and worth doing agai...  read more »
  • Wife and I brought our grandson here as this is his favorite place to ride all he can for a 9 year old. He's tall enough to ride everything. So we definitely spent the day doing it. Lots and lots of f...  read more »
  • Coney Island is perfect for young kids - there's so many rides for the younger kids. Larger parks dont have as many options for kids ages 3-6. Coney was perfect. We were there on a really hot day (wit...  read more »
  • I liked all of the different rides and activities for my girls. Cute little play houses, playground, games, paddle boats as well as rides. Lots of entertainment and the lines were super short, we never had to watch more than one ride before it was their turn which was so nice seeing as my girls are three and four and so very impatient. Our visit was on a Saturday. The only real complaint I have is that my four year old has autism and could not handle the bathrooms. The hand blowers echo and were just too much input for her and I could not get her calm enough to use the potty. There is only one private family restroom, which I guess is my actual complaint, and someone had themselves locked in and wouldn't even respond although I could hear children talking. The staff was very supportive and let us use the bathroom in the offices, which I appreciated so much.
  • My kids love this place. The lines aren't terrible. And both of my kids, ages 10 & 6 can ride pretty much everything. Great family place.
  • Lots of fun and the pool is always cool and refreshing. Waterslides are great but lines can get long. Food prices are a little pricey but not completely terrible. Right across from Riverbend as well which makes for a great way to spend a summer day before a concert.
  • We get passes here every summer. It's a great deal and is worth it just for Sunlight Pool. They added a new kids water park area in 2016 and that just made it a better value. Unless you have bigger kids that absolutely have to have the big roller coasters, save the drive up to Kings Island!
  • Always have a good time. Nice clean environment. Pool clean and refreshing. I have met some very nice people.
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