Coney Island

It’s been said, “If Paris is France, Coney Island between June and September is the World!” Take a break from the standard sight-seeing, grab your group and get out there for the afternoon! This thriving oceanfront entertainment mecca, birthplace of the hotdog as we know it and host to the annual Mermaid Parade, a favorite Summer respite from the hectic pace of the steamy city-is open year round and offers comers of all ages everything they could dream of in the way of traditional, world-class boardwalk/amusement area excitement! Coney is roller coaster heaven, for sure, with competing Island parks all offering their best versions-a turn on the terrifying “Cyclone” is a must for hardy aficionados-but don’t pass the opportunity to take a sweet spin and catch the crazy view on the world-famous
Deno’s Wonderwheel-the quintessentially old-fashioned ferris wheel built in 1920 and still rollin’ strong! Scores of fun snackstands featuring traditional fried fare and local favorites, classic games of chance, great traditional rides and historical Island attractions and the sweet-salty-smoky-gritty scents, sights and sounds of a midway set against the stunning backdrop of broad sandy beach and sea-bird filled Atlantic 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 gigantic inflatable screen turns the Island into a walk-in theatre. As you shuffle along the boardwalk, a Nathan’s dog in one hand and a fresh lemonade in the other, rides tilting, whirling and spinning around you, music and laughter invoking Summers past filling the air and bold seagulls flocking close, hoping to snag a bite of your bun-you, too, will see why Coney Island is known as America’s Playground! Bumper cars, anyone?

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