A Note on ManagementA 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 AttractionsA 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.
New York AquariumMarine sea life lovers look no further! Visitors get an up-close underwater view of colorful marine wildlife at Glover's Reef. The Aquatheater features interactive shows with sea lions and their trainers. See below the surface in the Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit where you'll find rays, sea turtles and of course, sharks! Plus, visit seals, sea otters and penguins at the Sea Cliffs exhibit. The New York Aquarium ranks as one of the best things to do in Brooklyn for families and is located where West 8th Street intersects with Surf Avenue.
Luna ParkLuna 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. Click to book your Luna Park Coney Island admission pass.
Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement ParkDeno'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 IslandDining 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 EventsVisitors 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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