(Wildwood, NJ, above)
Here's another example of why you can't trust the advice on online leisure-travel sites, not to mention the advice given by a lot of travel writers.
USA Today has an AP story this morning on the 'Top 10 Amusement Parks Outside Orlando" as determined by TripAdvisor.com. On the list: Coney Island.
Coney Island was once a great amusement park center. From the late 188os till about 1964.
Today, besides an ancient roller coaster, the Cyclone, that many aficionados love, the place is basically a beach, a hot dog stand, and a boardwalk with some storefronts. The "amusement park" -- doomed to demolition this fall -- is something on the order of what you'd see at the St. Adalbert's annual carnival.
Trust me, Coney is not worth a side trip if you're visiting New York.
A place that should be on any such list (but knowing about it would require that a writer --egad!--actually travel): the seashore/boardwalk town of Wildwood, N.J.