There are two types of men: Men who enjoy amusement parks, and men who emphatically do not. The latter group is considerably larger than the former and also wrong. Categorically disliking amusement parks is like categorically disliking restaurants or parties. There is such a wide range of options that the blanket statement is ridiculous. This is especially true in America, which boasts an incredible variety of parks. We've got the big ones – Disney, Six Flags, Universal Studios – but we've also got small ones, old ones, weird ones, and unexpectedly beautiful ones. Here are the spots that will change your mind about amusement parks.
Luna Park, New York
Coney Island has been a destination for almost as long as New York. The place is full of pushy locals, Russian immigrants, tatted sailors, horrified vegans, and deeply confused tourists. And its that strange mix of people that gives Luna Park such an amazing atmosphere. The amusement park (which originally opened in 1903 and reopened in 2010) features the Brooklyn Flyer, The Tickler, and a host of other memorable rides, but no one should come here for the thrills. The best activity at Luna Park is people watching. It isn't even close.
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