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Coney Island
Brooklyn, New York
Santa Cruz Beach
Boardwalk
Santa Cruz, California
History: In the early 1880s, the sleepy
farming village of West Brighton, New
York, transformed into a seaside resort
community. It began to add amusement
parks around 1900. Today the area
around Surf Avenue and West 12th
Street includes some 50 independent
rides and businesses, including
Luna Park, which harkens back to
Coney Island's halcyon days. It's open
(roughly) from Easter to Halloween.
Don't Miss: Riding the Coney Island
Cyclone at Luna Park isn't just an
iconic Coney Island experience,
it's a quintessential New York City
experience. The coaster debuted in
1927 and has been a fixture of the
amusement park district since. It still
holds the mantle as the world's secondsteepest
wooden roller coaster.
History: Entrepreneur Fred W.
Swanton laid plans for a " Coney Island
of the West " at the turn of the 20th
century. The boardwalk officially opened
in 1907 and now lays claim to the title
of California's oldest amusement park.
The entire boardwalk is now a California
Historic Landmark. It's also one of the
last remaining seaside amusement
parks on the West Coast.
Don't Miss: The eye-catching red-andwhite
Giant Dipper roller coaster has
been serving up epic ocean views from
its heights since 1924. It's a National
Historic Landmark along with nearby
Looff Carousel, where the hand-carved
animals have merrily been going 'round
since 1911.
Boardwalk and Pier
Daytona Beach, Florida
Daytona Beach
History: The original 600-foot-long
Daytona Beach Pier was built before
the turn of the 20th century. After a fire
destroyed it in 1925, the pier was rebuilt
and extended to its current length of
1,000 feet. It's the most recognizable
landmark on Daytona Beach. A
promenade followed in the late 1920s.
Today, the concrete boardwalk is home
to family-operated businesses.
Don't Miss: Families flock to the
boardwalk for Memorial Day through
Labor Day to see the street performers
(balloon artists, magicians and escape
artists) and Saturday night fireworks
shows. The arcades are open year round
drawing visitors for skeeball, pinball and
other classic coin-operated games.
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