Brooklyn >Arts & Entertainment > Astroland Amusement Park
1000 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1122440.575238 -73.977537
Neighborhoods: Coney Island
Kicks 6 Flags A** – There is nothing on earth like riding the Cyclone for the first time. For starts, it's old. How can something nearly 80 years old hold together? Second, the first drop. As a kid I remember the adreneline pumping as it made its climb up the tracks to the top. I was scared, and it hadn't even dropped. Lastly, this is New York in all its dingy glory! The beach, the hot dogs at Nathans, the boardwalk. You don't have to drive for hours, waste the gas, and stand on long, long, long lines like other so-called amusement parks. Ride the Cyclone, get a tan, walk the boardwalk, see the Cyclone baseball team play, visit an outpost of Russia. Can't beat it for a subway ride!
Home to the world's most famous roller coaster, with Coney Island and Brighton Beach a wink away. – The Appeal
This is the granddaddy of amusement parks, and features the world-famous Cyclone. Built in 1927, the notorious wooden roller coaster has 2,640 feet of track and an 80-foot 60-degree drop to get you started screaming as you wind through 16 changes of direction and 18 track crossovers. Featured in movies, this New York City landmark is perfectly safe even if Charles Lindbergh did say it was scarier than flying the Atlantic solo. (At one minute and 50 seconds, a ride on the Cyclone takes markedly less time).
Facts and Features
Don't spend an hour on the subway just for a roller coaster, though. The park also sports more than a dozen rides and games, a Ferris wheel, a carousel, three arcades, two restaurants, the Surf Avenue flea market, a skating rink and a fishing pier.
Worth a try.... – I have lived in Brookyln my whole life, and have visited Coney Island and the amusement park several times. The park isn't the best park ever....but it's worth a visit. Besides, would you rather waste a Saturday afternoon, or at least hang out at the beach, check out some rides, and have a good time?. Coney Island is a good place to visit. I also recommend this place. I have visited this place so many times, and I don't think I'll stop any time soon. ;)
User review by ljb321 – are you guys crazy NOTHING....i mean NOTHING compares to CEDAR POINT !!!!!!
The Nolstalgic Approach!! – Astroland is a classic, and like a classic movie or a classic car it doesn't have all the new special effects or the state-of-the art engine. But somehow the classic "feel" fills the gap. If you are looking for thrills, believe me when I tell you the Cyclone is scary enough, being that old. The attractions are so original, that they are being copied to this day, like in the show CARNIVALE, where all the scenery and themes are straight from Astroland (Used to be home to world famous showman Indian Larry (RIP)). You got the Brooklyn Cyclones playing next door, and the world-famous Brighton Beach sprawled alongside the park, not to mention the aquarium. So grab the kids, the girl, or the friend, whichever suits you, and head on over to ASTROLAND!!!! (oh yeah, if you get on the huge "impossible-to-miss" ferris wheel, take the swinging cars,....it'll be more...umm...FUN!)
Cyclone and history – I have been going to Coney since the late fifties It was great then. Slowly it deteriorated, until Tilyou closed Steeplechase sold it to Trump who wanted to tear down everything It didn't work and he sold it to NYC. The dingy old Coney like the one in the Warriors movie was just about finished. The Cyclone was bought by NYC to tear down and extend the Aquarium ; purtist fought and saved it as a landmark. 25 years later it is the mjor attraction and still the best damn coaster in America, The first drop is the greatest period Major air time . Coney is definetly seeing a revival Very diverse culture as Little Odessa is now being felt. There is even plans to revive the old Surf Avenue trolley line Go to the beach get some sun eat some salt water taffy and enjoy the rides.
Memories – Before I even read the top 10 amusement Parks, I thought of Coney Island, the Coney island of my youth, and when i saw it was rated number 1, I was very surprised, but happy at the same time, no its not Disney or Great adventure, but if your local it is a great place to make memories.
maybe for nostalgia – Maybe on a sentimental value Coney Island is #1. but in competition with today's amusement parks it is somewhere near circus novelty.
cute for a date – I went on a first date here and it was adorable...I had never been there before cuz Im from Detroit but i thought it was cute. Its not like six flags or anything like that but its cozy
User review by zoramax5 – You have got to be kidding! One of the best theme parks in the country? Number one? Yes, the old Cyclone is special, but if someone traveled many miles to go to Astroland based on your rating, they would be VERY disappointed. It's okay as a local New York trip for New York area residents or someone visiting for other reasons, but all in all not worth a lot of effort. Besides, many parks around the country have old, wooden roller coasters plus a whole lot more to offer. You must be pandering to New York City is all I can say.
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