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9 Interesting Things to Do in Coney Island, New York City

Priya Johnson Jul 25, 2019
Coney Island a popularly-loved summer destination in New York City. Situated on the southern part of Brooklyn, this peninsular neighborhood is known for its iconic wooden roller coaster, giant Ferris wheel, hotdogs and so much more.

Historic Wooden Roller Coaster: Luna Park's Cyclone

One of America's oldest roller coasters, the Cyclone first opened in 1927.

It was officially declared as a New York City landmark in 1988.
Opened in 1927 in Luna Park, today, this iconic roller coaster is one of Coney Island's main attractions. It's also amongst one of the steepest wooden roller coasters in the world.

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View the Island from Ferris Wheel: Wonder Wheel

Opened in 1920, this legendary, 150-feet tall Ferris Wheel or Wonder Wheel is a major tourist attraction at the island's Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park. Wonder Wheel has also been designated as a New York City landmark.

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Coney Island Beach

Open year-round, this beach is a wonderful place to spend the day playing volleyball, sunbathing, swimming, etc., on the three miles shoreline.

During the months of July and August, an oceanfront-outdoor movie theatre is set up on the beach.

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Coney Island Boardwalk

Also known as the Riegelmann Boardwalk, this 2.7 miles walkway or promenade is another iconic feature of this peninsular island.

You will find benches, fountains, restrooms, restaurants, etc., along this walkway.

Coney Island Hotdogs

Touted as the birthplace of the hotdog, Coney Island is famous for its hotdogs, especially the ones offered by the legendary Nathan's Famous hot dogs.

They even hold a hotdog eating contest every year, which has now become a patriotic event.

Mermaid Parade

Largest art parade in America; Mermaid Parade held every June on the island's Boardwalk is a popularly-loved summer event in the city.

It's an annual parade initiated to celebrate mythology and artistic creativity. Over 3,000 contestants dressed in mermaid and mythical costumes participate in this event.

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Abe Stark Skating Rink

Open only during the cold winter months, this indoor ice skating rink is a wonderful place to brush up on your skating skills. However, the rink is only open on the weekends.

MCU Park Baseball Stadium

Home to the minor league Brooklyn Cyclones, this baseball stadium hosts a variety of events including the beloved baseball championship. Its oceanfront ambiance makes the viewer experience unlike any other.

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New York Aquarium

New York City's only aquarium, this aquarium happens to be the oldest continually operating aquarium in America. It houses over 250 marine species including sharks, octopus, etc.