I grew up in the heart of New York and one of my favorite things to do when I was a kid was visit Coney Island with my friends. To us it was the Disney World of New York and whenever we could scrounge up the money to go we would go see and enjoy the quirky theme park. Well recently my mom informed me and my wife that the famous Coney Island is set to undergo renovations and the park as I know it is going to get a huge makeover. So I figured I would take the kids and the wife back to the popular park and enjoy some good old fashion fun, at least that is the way I remember the island.
We decided to fly up there this time, mostly because we have made the drive several times and the two day trip doesn’t agree with some of the more restless ones in my family. So when we arrived at the airport we made reservations to have a Dodge Stratus from Thrifty Rent-A-Car waiting for us when we got there. We literally exited the plane, got our bags and went to the desk where we were handed a key, in no time at all we were off. We decided to visit Coney Island in the morning so we dropped our bags on the floor and spent the night in our hotel.
The next morning we made our way to Coney Island. It is pretty much just as I remembered it, just warn down with age. There are a bunch of carnival rides that were out of order and a ton of lights that weren’t flashing and just about graffiti everywhere I looked. The kids enjoyed the carnival games and the shows were just as good as I remember, but I can see why they are closing down to move to “Coney Island 2.0.” They are just in need of an update that will put them back on top.
I am really glad that the kids got to see the park in all its old glory, but I plan on brining them back at some point once they make the renovations. Heck, it will be new to me also, so maybe it’s not so much for them as it is for me! Anyhow it’s good to be back in my hometown, looking forward to spending the weekend here.