Coney Island—New York City’s legendary amusement district—is not a theme park. The home of the Cyclone roller coaster, the Wonder Wheel, the original Nathan’s Famous hot dogs and the Boardwalk is something different: a seaside playground that’s also a real-life NYC neighborhood. Its many attractions have made it a warm-weather favorite for all, featuring see-it-to-believe-it sideshows, beachfront stands selling funnel cake, one of the City’s oldest and best pizzerias and the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball team. On a bright summer day, no place feels more electric.
Coney Island has a lot to offer—food, the beach, baseball and, sometimes, mermaids, to name a few of its draws—but it made its bones as America’s playground with thrill rides and sideshows. If you’re looking for the classic Coney Island experience, that’s where to start.
Enjoy hot dog, gelato and empanada vendors in NYC's playground.
For more than a century, this Brooklyn neighborhood is where New Yorkers have come to play. In this video, a sideshow performer, the proprietor of afamous local pizzeria and the neighborhood’s unofficial mayor let you knowwhy the seaside getaway (and attractions like the terrifying Cyclone roller coaster) are still irresistible today.
Everyone knows about the Cyclone—but there's plenty to do in Coney Island even if you’re not a thrill seeker.
The first custom-built roller coaster to be constructed in Coney Island since the Cyclone back in 1927, the 125-foot-tall Thunderbolt—featuring 2,000 feet of steel track, a 100-foot loop, a corkscrew and a zero-gravity roll—is a modern spin on the classic Coney Island coaster of the same name.
When the late Constantinos Dionysios Vourderis—otherwise known as Deno—bought the Wonder Wheel in the early 1980s, he fulfilled a longtime promise to his wife: he’d vowed on more than one occasion to purchase the Ferris wheel for her as a wedding present, so everyone could see how much he loved her.
Built over the grounds of the old Steeplechase Park—one of Coney Island’s most popular attractions in the first half of the 20th century—Steeplechase Plaza is a 2.2-acre open pedestrian plaza that will serve as an entrance point into the more-recent Coney Island constructions.