Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk

With a ton of attractions and fun things to do, Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk is a fun destination for the entire family

Nathans Famous Hotdogs on Coney Island
Nathans Famous Hotdogs on Coney Island cc licensed photo by drpavloff

With 5 kilometres of sandy beaches and a wide range of amusements and fast food stands, Coney Island Beach and Boardwalk is an ideal summer escape from the chaotic and steamy city. The beaches are cleaned and replenished on a regular basis and the city provides guarded bathing areas seasonally at no charge.

For your convenience, bathrooms, changing areas, shower facilities and concessions are available on the boardwalk. Fireworks on the Beach begin the weekly Friday displays the last week in June through Labour Day weekend. Be sure to check the events calendar on the website for up to date information on the happenings at Coney Island and Brooklyn's beaches.

Coney Island was a premier New York resort destination in the late 19th and early 20th century. It was also home to the world's very first roller coaster called the Switchback Railway which opened in June of 1884. At 5 cents per ride it became an instant hit and made the inventor a lot of money. Subsequently, he built a total of 50 such rides around the world.

The amusement parks and attractions declined in popularity after World War II and endured a few unsavoury years, but in the past few years "The People's Playground" has enjoyed resurgence in interest fuelled by major renovations and fostered by a $150 million investment from the city to reverse the years of decline and deterioration. Recent years have seen two new amusement parts, Dreamland and Luna Park, with over 20 new state-of-the-art roller coasters and thrill rides joining the landmark Cyclone rollercoaster and iconic Wonder Wheel. Amusement centres along the Boardwalk offer the tacky splendour expected from Coney Island with go-carts, bumper cars, skee-ball and various games of skill played for large stuffed prizes. No visit to Coney Island would be complete without enjoying a Nathan's Famous Hot Dog.

The live attractions and tawdry spectacles that made Coney Island famous are being revived as well. Every Thursday and Friday night of the summer season, Coney Island hosts Burlesque on the Beach to add some sizzle to your summer. In the heart of the Coney Island Amusement Park, Sideshows by the Seashore is the last permanently housed "freak show" with live human curiosities in the US. To truly appreciate the little bit of loony that makes Coney Island unique, attend the annual Mermaid Parade, held to celebrate the start of summer. The Parade is a well-known for the eclectic menagerie of mermaid and sea creatures of all shapes and sizes with the occasional partial nudity.

Nearby attractions: New York Aquarium , Luna Park and Deno's Wonder Wheel Amusement Park

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No - except for individual amusements and attractions within the park.

Address: Coney Island, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Coney Island Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Amazing place! We stopped by recently and we were thrilled that we went there! The boardwalk is still a relief and a treat, the variety of things to do was endless, the scenery and colors were nostalgic! We walked the entire boardwalk and basked in the sun. This is a great place to spend the day with kids.
D B - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Never been to a boardwalk/amusement park/beach. The atmosphere is great and calming the service was amazing. Everybody minded the business. Needed to experience this it was after hours, so I did not see the rise in full effect. It was still a great time walking the boardwalk. I felt like I was in monopoly the game. I’ve never saw a real beach before and there was a boat crossing. I don’t know if it was a cruise or a ship. It was beautiful. The water was so lovely I almost fell asleep.
Motivational Daisy - 2 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating I loved this park! They have bunch of cool stuff for growns and kids even a park for baby’s. Make a time on your daily routine to come here. The prices are around 8-10 credits every credit is a dollar. You can get a card for free you just put the money on it, most of the games aren’t to take your electronic devices if you can take a bag with you were you can put all your things on. I during day but it’s beautiful during night. There is also like 3 restaurants were you can get food hot dogs , French fries, sea food. A few blocks away there is the NYC aquarium where you can enjoy all the sea life. But you have to buy tickets prior is better
Slidma Pineda - a month ago

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5 Star Rating I haven’t been to Coney Island for more than 10 years and I’m very surprise by the recent visit that it change a lot!!! It’s so much bigger than before and had more equipment than it used to be. The staffs there are very friendly and nice to the kids. Me and the kids had a total awesome day. It bring back lots of childhood memes for me.
Queenie LaNY - a month ago

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5 Star Rating Coney Island gets amazingly busy during the summer months. It has a great beach, wonderful boardwalk, fun shops, restaurants, and the famous Luna Park amusement park where the Cyclone and other rides are located 🎢 Of course we cannot forget the annual 4th of July Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest 🌭
Jimmy - a month ago

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Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
D, Q N or FStillwell Avenue4 minutes

How to get to Coney Island by Subway

Take the D, Q N or F train to Stillwell Avenue and walk south on Stillwell Avenue.

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