America’s many famous drum coaster turns 90 this year, and you’re invited to the party.
Celebrate the Cyclone, Coney Island’s iconic wooden coaster, with a “block party” on Jun 25 at Luna Park.
Can’t make to Brooklyn’s beachfront stadium on that date? No worries — there’s copiousness of fun to be had before then. While many Coney Island businesses sojourn open year-round, open and summer is when the strand end really shines.
Here are highlights, sum and dates to keep in mind at Coney’s can’t-miss spots.
(1000 Surf Ave., Brooklyn; lunaparknyc.com)
The entertainment park opens for the deteriorate on Apr 8, with the entrance of new virtual reality record on one of its rides. The WindstarZ, which lets riders feel like they’re hang-gliding, will now offer virtual reality headsets for 12 of its 24 seats to give guest a some-more interactive experience.
Stop by Apr 9 for Luna Park’s Opening Day rite where the first 100 guest will be means to float the Cyclone for free. Mr. Met will be there, along with domestic officials, for the annual egg-cream christening on the Cyclone.
The classical coaster will after be toasted with a retard party on Jun 25 to symbol 90 years given it opened. Expect music, games, giveaways and some-more starting at noon.
There are copiousness of other thrills to be had at Luna Park all deteriorate long, from dozens of rides like the Thunderbolt coaster and Speed Boat, to games like Frog Bog and Water Racer. Don’t skip epic break joints including White Castle Express and the strange plcae of Nathan’s Famous. Entry to Luna Park is free, and guest compensate per float or for a wristband that allows entrance to certain attractions in four-hour time blocks. Wristband packages operation from $20 to $70 per person.
NEW YORK AQUARIUM
(602 Surf Ave., Brooklyn; nyaquarium.com)
Hurricane Sandy flooded the trickery in 2012, but currently the New York Aquarium is doing swimmingly. It’s undergoing construction for both charge liberation and an enlargement that’s scheduled to be finished next year, but the Aquarium stays partially open.
For now, you can perspective sea life in the Conservation Hall, watch black-footed penguins and sea otters being fed, perspective a sea lion show at the Aquatheater, or check out a film at the 4-D Theater.
General acknowledgment is $11.95 for those 3 and over, and free for kids 2 and under. Parking is $13 per automobile now, but jumps to $24.95 (which includes the driver’s aquarium admission) from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
DENO’S WONDER WHEEL AMUSEMENT PARK
(On the boardwalk at W. 12 St., Brooklyn; www.wonderwheel.com)
The Wonder Wheel has towered over Coney Island given 1920. At 150 feet tall, its 24 cars — 16 of which are overhanging cars, and eight, still — can hold 144 people sum per ride. Designated a landmark by the New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1989, the Wonder Wheel isn’t the only draw on-site.
Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, opening Apr 8, also houses other adult rides like Bumper Cars and a Spook-A-Rama; along with a kiddie park with 16 rides including a Tilt-A-Whirl and Carousel. Costs change for rides and bundles can also be purchased. Check the site for prices.
CONEY ISLAND BREWERY
(1904 Surf Ave., Brooklyn; coneyislandbeer.com)
There are copiousness of bars along the boardwalk, but to get a ambience of how your drink is made, revisit Coney Island Brewery. There, you’ll find eight house-brewed beers on daub that rotate, including brewery exclusives like Long Neck Clam Stout and Mai Coney Island Baby.
Sample 4 opposite brews in a moody for just $8 and enjoy them on one of the cruise tables out front. Free tours of the brewery take place Thursday by Sunday at 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Check the site for special events and for hours, which change by season.
CONEY ISLAND MUSEUM
(1208 Surf Ave.; Brooklyn; coneyisland.com)
In team-work with the New York Transit Museum, the vaunt called “Five Cents to Dreamland” just non-stop at Coney Island Museum. It explores how mass travel — from the horse-drawn carriages, steamboats, and railroads of the past, to the buses and subways of currently — played a major role in Coney Island’s development. The story is told by maps and images in this vaunt that was formerly on display at the Transit Museum. Admission ($5 for adults, $3 for seniors and kids under 12) also lets you perspective artifacts in the museum’s permanent collection, like funhouse mirrors and a collection of coolers and thermoses from the ‘50s and ‘60s.
The museum is run by the nonprofit Coney Island USA, which also puts on the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, returning for the deteriorate on May 6; and Burlesque at the Beach, coming back May 5. Check site for dates, hours and prices for all events. And don’t skip the 35th Annual Mermaid Parade on Jun 17 at 1 p.m., starting at W. 21 St. and Surf Ave.