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How Much Do Rides Cost At Coney Island? A Visitor's Guide To Luna Park, The Scream Zone, And Other Attractions

Updated on March 25, 2013

After a lengthy revitalization project, the world famous Coney Island boardwalk seems like a whole new family friendly tourist destination! Gone are the shabby rides a bombed-out vacant lots. Instead, visitors can find dozens of exciting roller coasters, thrill rides, toddler friendly amusements, and good old fashion carnival-style fun.

With the renovations, however, come new prices. An unaware visitor to Coney Island could end up paying mucho dollars for a few hours of fun. Before you head to this Brooklyn landmark, take a few minutes to read up on how much rides cost at Coney Island and whether they're worth your hard earned dollars! A few minutes of planning can save money and time.

Be warned: the coasters and dark rides are often owned by different companies! That mean, for instance, tickets to the Wonder Wheel amusement park won't transfer over to the Cyclone rollercoaster.

Beautiful image of the Coney Island Wonder Wheel
Beautiful image of the Coney Island Wonder Wheel | Source

Price Of The Coney Island Wonder Wheel And Kiddy Amusement Park

One of the most iconic attractions at Coney Island is the Wonder Wheel. For nearly a century, this towering Ferris Wheel has been thrilling kids and adults while offering a breathtaking view of the beach. Visitors to the Wonder Wheel can expect to pay $6.00 per person to ride. Although this can be a bit pricey if an entire family wants to ride, the experience lasts a relatively long time and is one you'll never forget. Those afraid of motion sickness or with young children should make sure to stand in line for the STATIONARY CARS. The swinging cars can be too intense for some riders.

The area in front of the Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is made up entirely of carnival rides suited for toddler's and very young children. Luckily for parents, tickets are relatively cheap. Visitors should expect to pay around $2.00 per ticket.

All other adult rides (the Spook Shack, Super Shot, etc.) cost $5.00 per ticket and most be purchased individually. Be sure to buy the ticket for the ride you want: a Spook Shack ticket won't be accepted at the Carousel!


Coney Island Luna Park And Scream Zone Ride Prices

Luna Park is the latest and greatest Coney Island amusement park. In reality, Luna Park comprises two different locations: Luna Park itself and the new Scream Zone attractions. Luna Park has a number of traditional rides such like the flying swings, spinning rocket ships, and other carnival thrill rides. The new Scream Zone features a number of different high octane roller coasters and other "extreme" events targeted towards thrill seekers.

Both parks operate under a credit system. Visitors have to purchase a Luna Park Card and add credits to it to ride the rides. Visitors beware! These credits are not cheap. 40 credits cost $35. A single ride of one of the Soarin' Eagle roller coaster is going to set visitors back 7 credits for one ride. A family of four should expect to spent at least 200 dollars just visiting this one park. Rides on the Slingshot run visitors up to 20 credits a piece, making it the most expensive ride in the park.

The good news is that the world famous Cyclone Rollercoaster is also included in the Luna Park card deal. Adrenaline junkies can expect to spend 8 credits, or roughly $8.00 to ride one of the nation's first roller coasters.

The Ghost Hole: Maybe not for kids
The Ghost Hole: Maybe not for kids | Source

Other Coney Island Attractions: The Ghost Hole and More

There are, however, other rides available outside of the parks. For instance, on a side street near Luna Park, users will find rides like The Ghost Hole and The Polar Express. Visitors can expect to pay $6.00 per person to ride these attractions. Buyers beware! These tickets are cash only so make a trip to the ATM before trying to take a ride.

Visitors can also take a trip to the historic Coney Island Freak Show. The prices are variable depending on what events are occurring, but visitors can typically expect to pay $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids. The sideshow is well worth the price, though! Filled with about thirty minutes worth of thrills, chills, and gross-outs, the Coney Island sideshow is definitely worth admission.

Is Coney Island Too Expensive?

If you've been reading, you can see that ride tickets to Coney Island attractions are quite expensive. While I can't argue that they're pricey, my experience is that the ticket prices aren't unusually high compared to similar locations. Ride tickets along the Jersey Shore tend to be quite pricey.A trip to the boardwalks at Wildwood or Ocean City are going to cost about the same as tickets to Coney Island attractions.

If beach attractions are too expensive, there are less expensive parks all over the country. Check those out as a fun alternative!


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      4 years ago

      That's a lot of money for 4

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      5 years ago

      I don't get this how much do you have to pay that all I'm asking

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      7 years ago

      it's wayyyyyyyy to expencive.... i rather go to great adventure for that time of money.

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      8 years ago

      They seem a bit expensive to me. Since I have never tried roller coasters I don't know if its really worth. Anyways.. great hub!

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      8 years ago from Wales

      A great hub, I loved it and loook forward to reading many more by you.

      Take care



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