Things to Do in New York City
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A complete counterbalance to the glamour and hustle of New York City, Coney Island, a traditional amusement park, in the southwest sector of the borough of Brooklyn is a step back in time. With its classic wooden roller coaster — the famous “Cyclone” — side shows, attractions and rides (50 of them!), it delivers old-time fun adjacent to an ultra-modern cityscape.
Resplendent with beaches, boardwalks and an aquarium, there are endless things to do at Coney Island (actually a peninsula), and some of them are better than affordable, they’re free! Coney Island is open all year, but pretty desolate during the winter because all open-air attractions are closed. Having said that, the crowds are gone, and the beaches and boardwalks afford a more serene experience in the spring and fall.
Coney Island is a must-see on any visit to New York City, especially for families. If you visit in June, be sure to take in the Mermaid Parade, and don’t forget to stay hungry enough to win the Nathan’s Famous hot-dog eating contest held every year on July 4th, America’s Independence Day.
Coney Island has something for everyone, and allows for an easy-access escape from the city for a special day away, but still close to the city’s core.