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Coney Island, Cincinnati
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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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  • Our kids are younger, 5 and 6, and are perfectly content to visit Coney Island versus going to a big amusement park that costs quadruple what your visit at Coney costs. The grounds are very well kept,...  more »
  • We took our 4 and 5 year old children to Falloween on Saturday 10/23. We bought a 4 pack of tickets for the amazing price of only $20 total during a flash sale Coney Island had on Wednesday. Parking w...  more »
  • This is a good place to go with younger kids. There is also a nice big pool to take the family to that is reasonably priced. 
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  • A forgotten gem in Cincinnati. Much smaller than Kings Island, but it has a giant pool, paddle boats, and rides, so it's not as big of an investment time & energy wise! Pool is fantastic for those wicked hot summer days, and they still have events and attractions when it closes for the season.
  • Even after 35+ years I still love going to 'Coney'. The pool is great, but just walk around the park enjoying the games and food is fun for anyone, of any age. Special events with fireworks, hot air balloon rides are a amazing plus.
  • 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.
  • Family tradition. Always have a good time here. Great staff. Still affordable.
  • I was at the pool on Sunday June 26th, then was saw this lady waving down a lifeguard. The lifeguard blew his whistle to let other employees know there was an emergency. Within seconds several lifeguards and emergency people was there. There was a gentleman who was lying on ground with cardiac arrest, they instantly knew what to do with no hesitation! Very organized and precise. I take comfort in taking my family with small children knowing they are on their toes, paying attention to everything. I will always continue to take my family with no hesitation. Plus water is always ice cold!!