Why You Need to Spend a Day at Coney Island Beach

When you think of Coney Island, NYC, what comes to mind? Is it Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs? How about the iconic boardwalk? For many New Yorkers, it’s the beach at Coney Island that brings back countless memories. You can swim and sunbathe on three miles of sandy shoreline, or head to the courts for beach volleyball, handball, and basketball. Whether you’re a beach bum or a thrill-seeker with a day off, Coney Island Beach is the perfect getaway. Here are some of the things you’ll see there.

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Explore Coney Island Beach

Coney Island’s public sand beach starts at West 37th Street and runs from the center of the Coney Island area to the beginning of Manhattan Beach. Spanning the entire length is the famous Riegelmann Boardwalk, the second-largest boardwalk in the world. This historic promenade boasts notable rides like the Coney Island Cyclone roller coaster and the Wonder Wheel. It’s also home to an aquarium, food shops, and arcades. With a backdrop of sunny skies and rolling waves, Coney Island provides the perfect escape from the hectic city.

Local Tip: The beach and boardwalk are open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. year-round, with lifeguards on duty Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Be sure to exercise caution if visiting during the off-season.


  • Beachside Film Series | July – August: Are you a movie buff? Head to Coney Island Beach on Mondays for the Beachside Film Series! A giant 40-foot inflatable screen turns the beach at West 10th Street into an outdoor movie theater. You’ll see great flicks representing a mix of modern, classic, and indie movies.
  • Friday Night Fireworks | June – September: Round up the kids and enjoy a wonderful fireworks display every Friday night at 9:30 p.m. It’s the perfect way to end your day!

Visit Brighton Beach

Located next door to Coney Island, Brighton Beach is a bustling stretch of sand that’s popular all summer long. Individuals and families from all over the city come to enjoy the beach’s sand and water. The surrounding neighborhood, known as “Little Odessa”, boasts a high population of Russian-speaking immigrants and offers tons of Eastern European shops and restaurants. It’s a great place to explore while you’re in the area.

Book Your Stay with At Home In Brooklyn

After a wonderful day of fun in the sun, head back to our Park Slope bed and breakfast and unwind! Our inn is just a half hour from the beach and has everything you need for a relaxing stay. Enjoy evening wine hour on our patio, or take a sunset stroll through Prospect Park. In the morning, join us for a delicious continental breakfast that will leave you feeling refreshed, restored, and ready to take on another day. We can’t wait to hear about your trip to America’s Playground!

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