This thriving oceanfront entertainment oasis, the birthplace of the hotdog as we know it and host to the annual Mermaid Parade, Coney Island, is a favorite summer respite from the hectic pace of the steamy city. Coney Island is open year-round and offers guests of all ages everything they could dream of in the way of world-class boardwalk/amusement park excitement!
Coney Island is roller coaster heaven, for sure, with competing Island parks all offering their best versions of the terrifying “Cyclone,” a must for hardy aficionados. But don’t pass up the opportunity to take a sweet spin and catch the crazy view on the world-famous Deno’s Wonderwheel, the old-fashioned Ferris wheel built in 1920 and still rollin’ strong!
Classic games of chance set in colorful booths, great traditional rides, historical Island attractions and more are found along the iconic boardwalk. Scores of fun snack stand featuring traditional fried fare and local favorites, the sweet-salty-smoky-gritty scents, sights and sounds set against the stunning backdrop of broad sandy beach and Atlantic-blue sky await eager visitors to the oldest amusement destination in the nation!
Be sure to visit the conservation-minded New York Aquarium and take in the wondrous displays at Coney Island Museum while you’re there! Hot late summer nights bring “Flicks on the Beach,” a giant inflatable screen turns the Island into a walk-in theatre. As you shuffle along the boardwalk, Nathan’s dog in one hand and fresh lemonade in the other, rides tilting, whirling and spinning around you as music flies on the salty sea air, you too will see why Coney Island is known as America’s Playground!
Student groups will be glad to know that there are also STEM Programs, Historic Walking Tours, performance space, and bus parking here at Coney Island!!