Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published April 24th 2011
If you're looking for amusement parks in New York, you have the choice of one that's close to the City and has its own unique history, and one that will take you a few hundred miles outside the City, but is worth the drive. Start with the one that has been mentioned and seen in numerous TV shows and movies, probably since it first opened.
Coney Island opened in the early '20s. For many years, it was "the place" to go. It still is, thanks to a concerted effort by the City and various non-profit groups to restore it to its original splendor so that future generations can continue to enjoy this historical site. The restoration includes the first new roller coaster to be built at the park in over 80 years.
But, don't worry some of the arcade games and attractions that brought people to Coney Island are still there. The rides all meet modern safety specifications, of course, so they're safe.The boardwalk and beach are still there, and it's not too hard to imagine what it might have been like back when your grandparents may have visited.
Coney Island is also home to the New York Aquarium. You can visit the Aquarium when it gets really warm, and then go back to Coney Island once it has cooled off some. You don't pay to get into Coney Island; you simply pay for the rides you want to go on and the attractions you visit. You can buy one-price tickets that let you enjoy several aspects of the park. You also pay to play arcade games and for any food and beverages you purchase.
Seabreeze Amusement Park is located in Rochester, New York, about 250 miles from New York City. If you want to take advantage of the rides in the park, and the wet and wild fun in the water park (which is included in your Seabreeze admission), consider planning an overnight trip to Rochester from the City. You may want to make this your first destination upon arriving in New York State or your last destination as you leave. Either way, you'll still be able to enjoy this park as well as the other attractions New York City, and indeed, the whole state has to offer.