A Guide of Coney Island

Go back in time to retro Brooklyn at Coney Island, where you will never fall short of entertainment. Take a day trip to this ocean-side neighborhood and explore what the vibrant boardwalk has to offer.


Coney Island is famous for the Coney Art Walls, an outdoor museum of street art located in the heart of Coney Island’s Amusement District. Both local and international artists art featured among the 35 different displays, attracting tens of thousands of visitors throughout the summer and beyond. This public art project offers live entertainment as well as small open aired venues to socialize. For more street art, check out the Wall of Remembrance, a 9/11 mural at MCU Park that pays tribute to the firefighters, police officers, and first responders who either lived or worked in Brooklyn.


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The best way to discover Coney Island’s history is through the Coney Island Museum. The Permanent Collection introduces the history of Coney Island in an entertaining manner, including funhouse mirrors, a collection of coolers and thermoses from 50’s & 60’s and rare, hundred-year-old hold to light postcards. “Five Cents to Dream Land” is the newest exhibition created by the Coney Island USA organization, explores the history of Coney Island from a novel and unique perspective. The New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operated aquarium in the United States since 1957 on the Coney Island Boardwalk. Catch an interactive show at the Aquatheater, explore the Glover’s Leaf display at Conservation Hall, scope out the penguins and seals at the Sea Cliffs, or go below the waters to search for sharks, rays, and sea turtles.


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Coney Island’s boardwalk offers a plethora of dining options that will well-suit any taste. Coney Island’s fame often revolves around the best of hot dogs at the original Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs, and pizza at the 100-year-old Totonno’s Pizzeria Napolitano, but there are several other dining options throughout the beach-front area. Kitchen 21 is a newly opened venue hosting five fast-casual restaurants in one including a small grab and go cafe, Community Clam Bar with beer and a raw bar, Parachute Bar offering 32 beers on tap; and the rooftop bar at Boardwalk & Vine. Try Caribbean cuisine at Footprints Cafe, classic Italian cuisine at Gargiulos Coney Island, or Mexican at Plaza Mexico Dona Zita (where you cannot go wrong with $3 tacos). Nearly touching the sand, head to Ruby’s Bar & Grill, a 1972 classic, or Paul’s Daughter, a 50-year-old snack counter. Lastly, challenge Nathan’s Famous with a strictly German, zero-nitrate hotdog from Feltman’s Of Coney Island. 


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When it comes to entertainment Coney Island certainly does not disappoint. The Coney Island boardwalk is home to several attractions suited for all members of the family. Head to Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, where there are rides for all thrill levels. Both the Wonder Wheel and the Cyclone are two of Coney Island’s most renowned entertainment rides, but you may also choose to try your thrill level on Zenobio, the new Thunderbolt, or the many other action-packed amusement rides. Coney Island is a popular destination for summer fun. Sip on beer while you people-watch on the outdoor patio of the Coney Island Brewery. You may also choose to partake in a free daily tour to learn more about the Coney Island beer fermentation process. The Steeplechase Beer Garden is a great social destination, where you can try new craft beers and artisanal bar food. After the sun goes down, the tiki-themed Margarita Island will have you second guessing if you are in the Caribbean or Coney Island, but that might just be the margarita’s speaking. The National is a Russian restaurant by night and a dance club by night, and lastly, the sandy Place to Beach often offers live music and dancing on the boardwalk. You also have the option to check out a concert or comedy show at the Ford Amphitheater, an outdoor, live entertainment venue.


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This old-school neighborhood boasts many retro-inspired shopping destinations. For souvenirs, T-shirts and beach supplies, find either the Coney Island Beach Shop or the Brooklyn Beach Shop. Bring home a few fun souvenirs from the Coney Island USA Gift Shop,  Please your sweet tooth with some old-school treats at Williams Candy Shop, where people have been buying caramel apples, cotton candy and fudge for decades.


Coney Island is a must visit, especially during the warmer months. Join our I Love Brooklyn Sprinter Van Tour to comfortably explore Brooklyn all the way over to Coney Island. If you are interested in finding more to do in New York City, search through our complete range of tours, attractions, and activities. We can also tailor-make programs specifically to match your desires and budgets. Harlem Spirituals is the ideal one-stop-shop to simplify your planning! Find more information on www.harlemspirituals.com or contact us at info@harlemspirituals.com.