If you visit New York, or in particular Brooklyn, you really need to take a stroll through Coney Island. There’s so much to be seen about the history and charm Brooklyn that was highlighted in so many plays, movies, and musicals. Coney Island is home to the Mermaid Parade in June, the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel, and offers over 35 (sort of historic) rides for the visitors to enjoy.
If you like history and amusement parks, Coney Island is really what you want to visit. The heydays are long past, but the economic uprise of Brooklyn has resulted in a fantastic comeback. Coney Island, with its old wooden rides, is really a Must See if you visit New York City.
In the 19th and early 20th Centuries, Coney Island was a world-class Brooklyn seaside resort that featured one of America’s first amusement parks. Coney Island is only open in season. It is typically open from Easter until Labor Day, and in the period Easter – Memorial Day, the rides & attraction usually are open on weekend days. By the time it gets warm, they will be open throughout the week until Labor Day, and just on weekend days again from Labor Day through September.
The boardwalk and the beach are open throughout the year, but lifeguards are on duty only in the period Memorial Day – Labor Day. Every Friday night during the season you can enjoy the fireworks at 9:30. They start on the last weekend in June and end on the Friday before Labor Day.
While at Coney Island, you may as well enjoy the Saturday Night Film Series that occur on various dates, but are always held at the Coney Island Museum (1208 Surf Ave), at 8:30 p.m. (the museum doors open at 8:00 p.m.). Admission is as always $5.00 and popcorn is complementary. Coney Island is really a fun place to visit, but also offers impressive reminders of what it used to be like. There are so many old pictures of Coney Island at its heydays with the packed beaches and the bathhouses.
Getting to Coney Island can also be an adventure by itself, and if you take the subway out to Coney Island, you will enjoy a ride that’s worth every penny. Take the F train that will come above ground at 9th Street and 4th Avenue where you will have the best views of NYC.
You can see the Chrysler building, the Empire State Building, Brooklyn Clock Tower, the Statue of Liberty, and the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, the double decked bridge that connects Brooklyn with Staten Island. The train subsequently goes underground again till it stays above ground till Coney Island.