Coney Island#22 in Best Things To Do in New York City
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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 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 boardwalk. Coney Island now features several separate amusement parks, as well as a museum, which hosts a variety of exhibits and shows.
According to recent visitors, Coney Island is a worthwhile trip in the summer if you have the time and have younger kids in tow.
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. You can purchase a day pass to the amusement area for unlimited rides or individual ride tickets; prices vary by day and by height. 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.
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#1 Central Park
This part-park, part-museum, part-concert hall swallows central Manhattan, and many of the city's most notable attractions are situated next to it or within its limits (the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, to name a few). But travelers insist that you shouldn't just pass through Central Park on your way to another place. This 843-acre green space is a favorite of New Yorkers and tourists; you can come here to exercise, dine, go to the zoo and more.
“Central Park is fantastic year-round, and is a must-see for anyone coming to New York," says Josephine Danielson, head concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel New York. "People may not realize Central Park has several hidden treasures. If you’re looking for something different, I tell guests to visit the Conservatory Garden."
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