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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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  • This is a relaxing, family-oriented place of fun! Pool is big enough to have your own space and recent improvements just make the experience better.  more »
  • Surprisingly good. Way too expensive (wife and 4 kids -$30!!!) but also very well done. I hope they continue to funnel what has to be megaprofits into more displays (tunnels are simply fantastic)  more »
  • We absolutely loved the Christmas lights! The best driving light shows we have seen. The atmosphere was great. 6$ per person was a bargain. We will make this a new Christmas tradition  more »
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  • We attended and super enjoyed the Christmas Nights of Lights. Spectacular lights show synchronized with great Christmas music that is played on your car radio. This is our second year to enjoy this holiday tradition. Hope to attend every year. It gets bigger and better. You won't regret it. Only $6 per person !! So, pack your drinks and snacks and ride through the lights.
  • I went there for the Christmas light show and it was impressive. It got a little religious at times, that's not necessarily bad, it's a Christmas event after all. The lights are synced to the music which plays on a dedicated FM station. Very well orchestrated and definitely glitzier than other Christmas light displays. The wait was fairly long, and once you get off the main road you still wind around the parking lot. The pricing is also by person, not by the carload, so keep that in mind if you are taking a big group.
  • This review is specifically for the Christmas Night of Lights. We went for the first time with our adult son and while I wasn't really expecting much, we all ended up impressed with the display that coney put on. The lights were gorgeous, the composition and choreography was great with everything truly synced to music (though the music is a bit of a drag if you don't care for modernized Christmas music) and the show seemed just long enough. It was very pleasant and priced just right. I bet kids would really love it and we adults very much enjoyed the show from the warmth and comfort of our car.
  • Went to see the Christmas lights and had an amazing time. The lights are unbelievable. The price was also much better than I had anticipated. It was only $6 per person. Went with a girl I really like and she was amazed also. It took 30 to 45 minutes to see everything and was well worth the time. I can't wait to see it next year.
  • We visited the light show. Kinda pricey at $6 a person and then having to wait a little over 45 minutes just to get where it begins. I had to wake up one of my children once we got in. My other two were aggregated by the time we reached the beginning. Its a fun family Christmas activity, my 3 yr old absolutely loved it. But you should expect it to take a while to wait in the line and drive through it.

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To take advantage of the best cultural attractions available in Cincinnati, stay at a hotel downtown. Though pricey, centrally located hotels offer spacious rooms packed with high-tech features, as well as quick and easy access to the city's best shopping, dining, and entertainment. If you're traveling on a budget and prefer to sleep in a quieter area, explore more affordable hotels in Covington, Kentucky, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati's downtown.
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