Coney Island is a neighborhood in Brooklyn that is one of the most popular tourist attractions in New York City. This seaside resort area that was once an island and is now technically a peninsula is primarily known for its amusement parks and attractions. At its peak between 1880 and World War II, it became world-famous due to being the largest amusement area in the United States. While some of its historic amusement parks have closed in recent years, Coney Island continues to be one of the best family attractions in New York City. Visitors of all ages will love its roller coasters, carnival games, rides, and beautiful beach area that is lined with shops and arcades.
Things to Do
- Visit Coney Island's two historic rides that are designated New York City landmarks! Wonder Wheel, a Ferris wheel constructed in 1918, features some passenger cars that slide on rails, while the Cyclone wooden roller coaster boasts a thrilling 85-foot drop and speeds that reach 60 mph.
- If your family loves amusement park rides, then stop by Luna Park. It has thrill rides that will knock your socks off as well as more relaxed attractions for young children, including swing rides, spinning teacups, and a carousel.
- Enjoy a classic Coney Island attraction - the bumper cars! Older kids especially love driving around and crashing their cars into friends and family.
Coney Island Insider Tips
- In the summertime, head to the Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk - it contains almost 3 miles of beautiful sandy beaches where you can sunbathe, swim, play beach volleyball, and do other fun summer activities.
- Make sure to bring along a camera so you can take photos of your child having a blast playing games and enjoying the amusement park rides!
- Don't miss the chance to grab a snack from the original Nathan's Famous hot dog stand - this Coney Island favorite is known around the world for its annual hot dog eating contest.