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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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  • August 12, 2017
    We visited Coney Island for the first time as a family. The park was clean and well-kept and the staff were friendly and helpful. There were plenty of rides and activities for all. It was the first vi...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    The first time I saw this place was in requiem for a dream and it seemed incredible. Many years later I decided to meet him. I should start by mentioning that the trip from Manhattan is long and passes through decadent places. The amusement park is well maintained but is very expensive hop on a game on average is 20 USD. The beach is very cold and a little while after I had to remove the sand by the cold. The food places are expensive so you try not to look, and choose nathans. To know it's worth but everything is expensive
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  • July 24, 2017
    We visited as part of a corporate event that included parking, full general admission tickets, and lunch. The staff here are great. They're all so friendly, from the admission gate to ride operators. ...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    A very good place for the family fun. There are rides for everyone and especially rides for kids of all ages. There is a lake where you can do canoeing and pedal boat. You are allowed to go any number of times for a ride as long as you come up through the queue. Fortunately there was very less crowd the day visited and we did our favorite rides multiple times without waiting. There are shops selling pizza, ice creams and etc. The water park is amazing on a sunny day. I noticed a lot of life guards which gives a safe feeling. Bottom line - A good family fun place. Relatively Economical. Not an exciting place for who looks for adventure rides. Look for a cloudy day in summer to have fun with the kids at the Coney Island.
  • June 3, 2017
    It's okay. Water park is pretty nice, pool is amazing and some of the slides are great. The Typhoon Tower is awesome for kids. However that's where the greatness stops. The dry park is simply terrible. The rides are all very disappointing and poorly maintained. I realize the big money maker for them is the water park but they really need to put some work in on the dry park section. The food is simply not good unless you get pizza, or Skyline.
  • June 29, 2017
    I was at the park on Tuesday, June 26. I have a special-needs daughter who can only manage two rides, but we went anyway. The prices are much better than KI and I prefer the smaller setting. On this visit I was completely blown away by the amazing staff who works there. I saw that they were all high school-aged kids, and every single employee looked my daughter in the eyes , smiled, and said hello. My daughter was treated like a queen. A special shout out to the crew of three young women who worked the Rock-O-Planes ride between noon and 2:00. They were so kind and patient with helping my daughter negotiate her way into the yellow carriage. I cannot say enough about the cleanliness of the park and amazing staff. Bravo, Coney. We will be back!
  • July 5, 2017
    Old fashioned amusement rides, treats. Sunlite pool is nice. Went for the hot air balloon glow which was great. Fireworks display afterwards was awesome. Crowd size manageable, behaved. Everyone needs to be pack their patience after event is over. Not all arrived at the same time, so can't expect to all leave at once.
  • July 5, 2017
    Great attractions for kids, delicious ice cream and shaved ice. After 4 pm reduced price for entrance. It was amazing balloon live show on 3th of July!

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