Published: July 2, 2009 at 10:04 AM
Happy Birthday Great Adventure. It is a solid park that has managed to stay relevant due to its' large stable of coasters. However, in reality, the main reason it is so visited is because it is the closest quality theme park in the New York City area.
Rye Playland and Coney Island are not really up to snuff. The only reason to visit either is to take a ride on the Dragon Coaster and the Cyclone.
I wish that there was a high-quality theme park in New York City proper. The rumors of Disney redeveloping Coney Island got me excited, but they were not meant to be. Likewise, with the rumors of a completely enclosed park on Governor's Island.
The largest city in the country should have a great theme park to call its' own and hopefully this will happen some day. If for nothing more, than to provide competition for Great Adventure which has had its' good years and bad years in its' 35 year span.
Nevertheless, Congratulations Great Adventure. Here is hoping for a bright future.