Coney Island is one of the best places to explore in Brooklyn, New York. Since the 1800’s, this world-famous seaside resort has delighted millions of visitors with its oceanfront circus acts, heart-pumping amusement park rides, and, of course, delicious hot dogs. Whether you want to lay out on the beach or stroll the historic boardwalk, Coney Island, NYC truly has something for everyone. Here are some of our favorite things to see there.
How to Spend a Day in Coney Island, NYC
1. Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs
Did you know that Coney Island is often called the birthplace of the hot dog? Nathan’s Hot Dogs began way back in 1916 when Polish immigrant Nathan Handwerker opened a small hot dog stand that drew big crowds and big names. (Al Capone, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the King and Queen of England, just to name a few!) Today, Nathan’s is known for its signature frankfurter and the famous international hot dog eating contest.
2. New York Aquarium
Located on the Coney Island Boardwalk, the New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States. It was originally established in 1896 and is home to hundreds of species of aquatic wildlife, including sharks and rays, walruses, sea lions, and fish. Guests can tour the exhibits, watch 4-D films in the aquarium theater, or get up-close and personal with the animals during feedings.
3. Coney Island Beach, NYC
Coney Island beach is ideal for a summertime getaway. Feel free to sunbathe on nearly three miles of sandy shoreline, or enjoy a friendly game of volleyball, handball, or basketball. The beach also boasts a historic 2.5-mile boardwalk with bumper cars, an arcade, and two amusement parks. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks display every Friday night at 9:30 p.m.!
4. Coney Island Museum
With artifacts that celebrate the beach’s rich history and culture, a trip to the Coney Island Museum will give you a glimpse into the past. You’ll find everything from funhouse mirrors to hundred-year-old postcards! You can even attend screenings of two recent Coney Island documentaries on Saturday nights. On your way out, be sure to stop by the museum’s gift shop and purchase the perfect Coney Island souvenir.
5. Coney Island Brewing Company
If you’re a beer lover, be sure to visit the Coney Island Brewing Company. This facility creates craft beer and hard soda inspired by the flavors of Coney Island. Visitors can stop in for a pint, pick up some merch, or take a free tour. With eight house-brewed beers on tap that rotate regularly, there’s always something new to try!
Book Your Stay with At Home In Brooklyn
After a wonderful day in Coney Island, NYC, head back to our Brooklyn bed and breakfast and unwind! Our B&B is just a half hour from the beach and has everything you need for a relaxing stay. In the morning, enjoy a delicious continental breakfast that will leave you feeling refreshed, restored, and ready to take on another day in the city. We can’t wait to hear about your trip to “America’s Playground”!
Looking for more fun things to do?
Read our blog about the Coney Island Mermaid Parade!
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