The Fun at Coney Island

The Fun at Coney Island


Despite being a short train ride away from Manhattan, Coney Island could not be more different from the epicenter of New York. A tourist attraction, particularly during the summer months, Coney Island offers a beautiful blend of beaches, boardwalks, and kitschy entertainment. Amidst the hustle and bustle of modern life, locals and visitors can find the time to escape to the soft sands and guilty-pleasure foods in this “oasis” by the ocean.

Coney Island Rides

The most famous ride in Coney Island’s amusement district is nearly 100 years old. The Coney Island Cyclone, a wooden roller coaster, debuted way back in June of 1927. The track includes 2,640 feet with 12 drops, 27 elevation changes, and panoramic views of the Brooklyn skyline.

The Coney Island Cyclone shares attention with its neighbor, the Wonder Wheel. The 150-foot-tall Ferris Wheel is a certified landmark of New York as it has had more than 35 million riders since opening in 1920. The wheel has popped up numerous times in popular culture, including the book The Great Gatsby and Woody Allen’s movie Annie Hall.

The movie also features the roller coaster ride Thunderbolt, though the one you will find today does not bear a passing resemblance to its predecessor. Initially constructed in 1925, Thunderbolt stood for 75 years before being demolished. Thirteen years later, a new and improved steel version replaced the wooden icon.

Coney Island Food

Coney Island is best known for the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, which takes place annually on the Fourth of July. While Joey Chestnut downed 71 hot dogs to win the Mustard Belt this year, you can enjoy an iconic dog at your pace from Nathan’s stand. Discover why “Nathan’s beef franks aren’t just famous – they’re a way of life.”

Nathan’s takes the spotlight when it comes to Coney Island food, but no visit would be complete without checking out Totonno’s Pizzeria Napolitana. Located on Neptune Ave, the old-school pizzeria is known for serving up quintessentially New York pies. Their thin crusts and coal oven baking yield a quality that even the Pres called an 8.1 out of 10.

After a rich diet of hot dogs and pizza, you will probably be craving a culinary change of pace. That's when you visit William's Candy Shop. The legendary confectioner is known for serving a rainbow variety of caramel apples as well as cotton candy, popcorn, and ice cream.

Visit Coney Island

Located on the southern tip of Brooklyn, Coney Island is an accessible getaway for New Yorkers. Chock-full of family-friendly activities and entertainment, it's easy to see why Coney Island has become such a popular summer destination—it doesn’t hurt that it’s free too!

As you can see, Coney Island is home to some of the most famous rides and food in the country. Visitors can also stroll along The Boardwalk, the widest and longest boardwalk in the world. For more information, make sure to check out the Coney Island Fun Guide to plan your visit today. 

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