Coney Island

Coney Island is a beach-side neighbourhood that is well known for its wide array of good food, leisure activities, and attractions. It’s located on the Lower Bay in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. While Coney Island peaked in terms of popularity right after World War II, a recent resurgence in investments have made it a popular tourist and local leisure destination. Getting to Coney Island is easy but taking advantage of all that there is to do can be much more challenging.

A Note on Management

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A trip to Coney Island would be most effective if it were planned in advance. It's a popular tourist destination that is replete with amusement parks, great food, a boardwalk, and even an expansive beach for visiting tourists. However, Coney Island is not centrally managed by any singular individual, so visitors have to make sure to plot out where they will go, what they will do, and how much money they will need to accomplish their wish list of activities.

The Big Attractions

A visit to Coney Island can be a lot of fun for families and children of all ages. The most popular attractions can be found within the two large amusement parks: Luna Park and Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. Here's a quick rundown on what each amusement park offers.

Luna Park

Luna Park was opened in 2010 and currently offers 19 total attractions which range from thrill rides to child-friendly amusements. The most popular attraction is probably the Cyclone Roller Coaster which was built in 1927 and is considered one of the oldest wooden coasters still running.

Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park

Deno's is a smaller amusement park which offers a more kid friendly array of activities. Still, the most popular attraction on the whole boardwalk is located at Deno's: The Wonder Wheel. This Ferris wheel was built in 1920 and spans 150 feet into the air, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Wonder Wheel has been named a New York City landmark. Those not interested in riding amusement park rides can instead enjoy a number of different activities. Coney Island is host to a variety of tourist and family friendly businesses including the Amphitheater where shows are put on display in a 5,000-seat auditorium. Fans of sea creatures will want to block out a whole afternoon to see the New York Aquarium which is located on-site and offers the only real aquarium in all of New York City. There are 14 acres of exhibits and 300 different species of marine animals on display, including the exciting Shamu water show.

Eating at Coney Island

Dining on Coney Island is as diverse as any tourist could want. Locals love to eat at the Nathan's Famous, where freshly grilled hot dogs are served up with delicious french fries. People more in the mood for a serious sit-down meal will want to consider going to Gargiulo's, which has been in business since 1907 and is a local favourite. Grabbing a meal at Coney Island can be as diverse or as simple as a visitor could want, so go wild.

Annual Events

Visitors to Coney Island will have something to do no matter when they roll down to the boardwalk, but there are special events that could make the trip more magical. Every Friday night starting in June and ending the week before Labor Day visitors can catch Friday Night Fireworks. Throughout Summer tourists or locals can also take a trip down to the boardwalk for a beachside movie every Monday night for the 'Flicks on the Beach' event. There's almost always something going on at Coney Island.

Visiting Coney Island

Location: 1208 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, 11224-2816

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