On a hot summer day, you can hear the click and rumble of Brooklyn’s Cyclone from a block away—quickly followed by gleeful screams as the roller coaster reaches its first drop. More than a thrill seeker’s dream, the Cyclone is a rideable piece of Coney Island history that has been a New York favorite for decades. The Basics
Don’t be fooled by its patchwork wooden structure—the Cyclone still packs a punch, even after eight decades of operation on the boardwalk. Located in Coney Island’s Luna Park, the Cyclone is best visited on a daylong excursion to this family-friendly beachside destination. Whether you arrive by subway or by car, you get more for your money with a pass, which typically includes entrance to Luna Park and rides on dozens of attractions. Things to Know Before You Go
- Adrenaline seekers shouldn’t miss the Cyclone’s 85-foot (26-meter) drop, with speeds reaching 60 mph (96 kph).
- History fans enjoy visiting this New York landmark, which has a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Remember to wear sunblock and a hat, since shade is scarce around Luna Park.
How to Get There
Avoid the notorious New York traffic and hop on the subway to Coney Island. Take the B, D, N, or Q train to the Coney Island - Stillwell Avenue station. Alternatively, if you’re up for a long ride, rent a bike and pedal to the Cyclone along Brooklyn’s Ocean Parkway bike path, which runs from Prospect Park to Coney Island.When to Get There
The Cyclone operates from April through October, and you can expect peak crowds in July and August, New York’s warmest months. Locals and tourists flock to Luna Park and the Coney Island boardwalk on sunny weekend days. For fewer crowds, go during the week, and avoid major holidays like the Fourth of July and Labor Day.
Exploring Luna Park
Beyond the Cyclone, there’s a world of activities at seaside Luna Park. Complete with hand-carved horses, the traditional B&B Carousell is a perfect stop for kids. If you haven’t yet had your fill of roller coasters, take a ride on the Thunderbolt. Then fuel up on hot dogs, ice cream, and coal-fired pizza; take a stroll on the boardwalk; or try your luck at countless carnival-style games.