UPDATE: Luna Park is again offering Free Admission on Opening Day with a $10 donation to charity (per person)! The best way to visit Coney Island on a budget!
This year Coney Island’s Luna Park opens April 6, 2019! That’s next week! So in honor of one of the greatest amusement parks, I’m sharing our fantastic visit last year for opening day. Here are my best tips for visiting Coney Island on a budget!
Things to Do in Coney Island
There are several attractions to visit in Coney Island. In addition to the Luna Park amusement park, there are actually several separate attractions not covered under the Luna Park tickets. These include Deno’s Wonder Wheel and the Coney Island Museum, amongst others.
Then there is MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones (to the West), The New York Aquarium (to the East), and of course the boardwalk and beach (to the South).
Because our kids are still young, we usually frequent the beach and boardwalk, and have been to the aquarium several times. So going to Luna Park was a huge treat! (Last year on opening day, rides were free after a charity donation).
Rides at Coney Island Luna Park
The rides that are more appropriate for younger kids, are towards the beach side. That’s where we spent a majority of our time. In particular, there are several rides that are great for the 4-8 year old set, and a couple that are tame enough for two and three year olds with no height limit at all. (Although, I can’t say I would go out of my way to take a toddler there.)
That said, our older kids were just barely tall enough to ride the Tickler, and despite the long line, were insistent on going! In retrospect, I think it was too much for them, and they were pretty dizzy afterward. But it was such an amazing day!
Buying tickets on a budget:
Overall, for younger kids, I would recommend buying just a few tickets for the rides they are able to go on. For older kids, a day pass is more likely a better deal.
The earlier in the day you get there, the less people will be around. I definitely suggest spending the first half of your day there, and then moving on to the beach or something else as it gets busy in the afternoon.
Coney Island is known for hot dogs! There are several fast food dining spots along the boardwalk, but if your little one is more used to organic applesauce pouches and the like, then pack those with you! We pretty much always pack a picnic.
To Visit Coney Island:
Subway to Coney Island- Stillwell Ave D F N Q; or West 8th NY Aquarium N Q
Summer is right around the corner and we can’t wait! How about you?Have you taken your kids to an amusement park? Do you love the thrill? Hate the crowds?