- Type: Amusement Parks, Neighborhood/Area
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Known as the "the People's Playground," this famous amusement area in Brooklyn has witnessed an illustrious past. In the early 1900s, Coney Island enticed New Yorkers to visit with its bathing pavilions, seaside resorts and amusement park. The Great Depression took its toll on the fun-loving spot, causing many area attractions to close. But after years of economic instability, Coney Island has reclaimed its place on the Brooklyn map, with a fresh roster of eateries and entertainment (including a July Fourth hot dog-eating contest and an annual Mermaid Parade) found along the 2.7-mile-long boardwalk. And in 2010, Luna Park reopened its gates and returned to its formal splendor, welcoming visitors to once again ride the famous Cyclone rollercoaster. Coney Island now features several separate amusement parks, as well as a museum (currently closed for renovations), which hosts a variety of exhibits and shows.
According to recent visitors, Coney Island is a worthwhile trip. "The beach and boardwalk are so beautiful, and the atmosphere is just so much fun! You feel like you are at an old time carnival," exclaimed one TripAdvisor user.
You are welcome to visit Coney Island throughout the year, but to enjoy all of the amusement park activities you'll want to come in the spring or summertime. Typically, amusement park rides and attractions operate from noon until the evening during the week and weekends, though some attractions feature different operating hours. For further details, consult Coney Island's official website. The easiest way to reach Coney Island from Manhattan is via the D, Q, N or F train to Stillwell Avenue. You may also take the B36, B64, B68, B74 or B82 buses from Manhattan.