Known as “America’s Playground” Coney Island is the most historic amusement area in the U.S. and boasts fun activities for every age. The island itself is also one of New York’s biggest attractions. It’s the perfect place to escape for a day of good old-fashioned fun.
The city has invested in the revitalization of the island to bring it back to its former glory. This coincides with the opening of Luna Park, the island’s first new amusement park in the past 40 years. Featuring 19 new rides, 6 games and five food kiosks there’s entertainment for the whole family. And the fun doesn’t stop there! Here are some other island features:
- There’s three miles of sandy beaches, offering reprieve from the busy city.
- A boardwalk, where there is always something entertaining to see or do.
- Several sports courts including, volleyball, tennis, and basketball. In fact the AVP has hosted major volleyball tournaments on the island in the past.
- Nathans Famous Hot Dogs, located beside Hotel Pennsylvania, hosts their annul hot dog eating contest on the island.
- The world’s oldest aquarium, The New York Aquarium is located on Coney Island. (Direct to other blog post on the aquarium)
- Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park is home to the Wonder Wheel. The Ferris wheel opened in 1920 and is illuminated with neon lights at night.
- Eldorado Arcade, which has an indoor bumper car ride.
- The Cyclone roller coaster, which was built in 1927, is one of the oldest wooden coasters still in operation in the U.S..
Coney Island in the summer is an experience you will surely never forget. Easily accessible by subway, the jaunt over to Coney Island is well worth the trip! For more information on visitor’s attractions, visit http://coneyislandfunguide.com/.