Seriously, Chloe thinks that being able to ride the subway to the beach is so awesome that she wants to move to Brooklyn ... We;ve gone in the spring for the past few years for an afternoon at Coney Island. We love to ride the WonderWheel (swinging car for us, please!). The girls usually ride another ride, and we pick up a slice at the little pizza place there. Or maybe some ice cream. My kids LOVE to spend a few hours on the boardwalk, even if the weather is too cold for swimming.
OK, so this beach is located in Brooklyn and is amazing. The Waves are not that harsh and strong, so it is not bad for children. Also within walking distance is a newly designed mini theme park that has a couple of rides that you can take. Of course you have to pay for them, but the beach is free. I would suggest taking the train down there because finding parking is hard. So pack a nice lunch basket and take the family and head on down.
This is a place to go if you are a tourist or you live in Brooklyn. We went to see the boardwalk and also to get a hotdog from Nathan's hotdog stand. In the summer the boardwalk is very crowded but it is a fun place. There are stands selling food all the way down the boardwalk and you can see the ferris wheel from the walk. It is cheaper to take the train to Coney Island than to drive.
Long before the debut of Disneyland, Coney Island was the apex of the amusement park world. Once, fantasy islands called Luna Park and Dreamland dotted the boarwalk, but today Deno’s and Astroland are the sole survivors of that magical era. For a unique aerial perspective of Manhattan, climb into the 1920s Wonder Wheel or brave the wonderfully rickety Cyclone roller coaster.
There are dozens of rides for all ages here, as well as an assortment of pinball and video games at the arcade. East of Astroland is “Sideshows by the Seashore,” a tribute to the grittier circus-style shows that once graced the boardwalk. And this being the birthplace of the hot dog, you must not leave before stopping at Nathan’s Famous for some authentic Coney Island cuisine.
Once a bustling and energetic beach resort for New Yorkers from 1900 to about 1945, it is now a bit dilapidated and depressing to visit on the off season months. The history is still there and the rollercoasters and boardwalk all point to a grander time in bygone days.
Nathan's Hot Dogs is still there and the underwhelming store is still serving out delicious hot dogs!
Coney Island is a nice to visit for a sense of its glory days but going out to that point in Brooklyn may not be worth it.