Where is Coney Island
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The Coney Island peninsula in south Brooklyn is the ideal New York summer vacation destination for families. The district offers pristine beaches, a beautiful promenade along the Atlantic Ocean, exciting amusement parks, cultural institutions such as the Coney Island History Project or the New York Aquarium and a rich history.
The D, F, N and Q subway lines take you from the hustle and bustle of Midtown Manhattan to the family-friendly district in less than an hour.
Cultural institutions and attractions
- Every year in June the Mermaid Parade takes place, one of the nation's largest art pageants on West 21th Street and Surf Avenue. Full of flashy and extravagant floats and flashy costumes, the parade is very popular with all age groups. After the parade, the best floats will be chosen at the Mermaid Parade Ball.
- The New York Aquarium is the oldest continuously operating aquarium in the United States and is home to more than 350 species of aquatic animals such as walruses, sea lions, otters, and penguins. The aquarium has a completely redesigned aquatic theater where families can marvel at the new sea lion and Glover’s Reef performances, which showcase marine life at Glover’s Reef, Belize.
- Just a few steps from MCU Park is the 8903 square meter Steeplechase Plaza das B&B Carousell and the listed Parachute jump.
- Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park offers visitors a variety of rides for families and children such as Deno's Wonder Wheel, which is also the namesake of the park. The 45.72 meter high Ferris wheel was built in 1920 and is now an official NYC memorial.
- The one under the Wonder Wheel Coney Island History Project Exhibition Center Offers free entry and is home to historic artifacts from the neighborhood, photographs, maps, and ephemera from America’s Playground. The project also offers tours and performances that shed light on the rich history of Coney Island.
- With more than 40 rides and venues it offers Luna Park something for every taste - from heart-pounding roller coasters and classic children's rides to typical amusement park games. Luna Park is also home to the historic Cyclone wooden roller coaster, which was originally built in 1927.
- The Brooklyn Cyclones, the second division side of the New York Mets, could already boast five titles. They carry their game in MCU Park from, a 7,500-seat stadium just steps from Coney Islands Promenade.
- Since 1907 is Gargiulo's restaurant Coney Island's Favorite Italian-American Seafood Restaurant. Dishes that visitors should definitely try include baked clams, fried squid, veal and the signature fettuccini Verdi al Gargiulo. Visitors are also delighted with the decorative plaster octopus that adorns the ceiling.
- Nathan’s Famous, known for its annual Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, serves tasty beef hot dogs, golden brown and wavy fries, sandwiches and cold drinks. The menu at the Coney Island flagship store on Surf Avenue includes raw seafood as of this summer. With the second location on the beach promenade, visitors cannot get enough of this summer pleasure.
- Just a few steps from the Atlantic Ocean is Ruby's Bar & Grill the oldest restaurant on Coney Islands boardwalk. Everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to deep-fried clams and crab cakes is on offer. The family-run establishment offers a selection of memorabilia that commemorate the history of Coney Island.
- The family-run Totonno's Pizzeria Napolitano, Winner of the James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Awards, has served coal-fired cakes since 1924. The pizzas are made from dough freshly made every day, tomatoes imported from Italy and spice mixes prepared according to family secret recipes.
- For more than 75 years Williams Candy the dream for candy lovers: the popular shop is known for candied apples, popcorn, marshmallows, ice cream, caramel, cotton candy and lollipops.
The family-run Brooklyn Beach Shop opened on the Coney Island boardwalk last year and is perfect for picking up souvenirs, postcards and beachwear. Visitors can also pick up last-minute beach items such as chairs, towels, umbrellas, or buy a souvenir to commemorate the time in Coney Island.
Who could be enchanted by Coney Island should take a detour to Brighton Beach - which is only a 15-minute walk away on the waterfront. The neighborhood next to the somewhat quieter beach is also called Little Odessa and is known for its closely connected Russian-speaking community and colorful shops and restaurants.
Source: NYC & Company
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