Coney Island
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Fronting the Atlantic Ocean, this legendary amusement district is a popular day trip from New York City. An hour-long subway ride from Times Square will take you to Coney Island. Check out must-visit attractions such as Luna Park, the New York Aquarium, and Deno’s Wonder Wheel. Then, make a beeline for the Cyclone ride—one of the country’s oldest wooden roller coasters still in operation. The Thunderbolt and Wonder Wheel, a Ferris wheel with rocking chairs, are highly recommended, too. Hungry after all the action? Grab some of the best hotdogs at Nathan’s Famous. – Tripadvisor
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  • Kittygal 🇺🇦 🌻
    Los Angeles, California8,783 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mermaids and Hot Dogs and Sea, Oh My!
    Four long years ago, I made a vow to return the following June to see the storied mix of King Neptune's Court meets Mardi Gras, the Mermaid Parade. As you can imagine, things didn't work out so very well with that idea. But I persevered, and planned my 2023 return around the aquatic celebration. Bring from another coast (and ocean), I was interested in what the eastern shore of Brooklyn was like. The sand and surf were wonderful, I arrived early just so I could take a beach walk. Like any proper visitor, I had a late breakfast Nathan's hot dog, then wandered among the vendors. Chicken of the Sea, one of the parade sponsors, was giving away free pouches of tasty kinds of tuna, and some colorful fans, while a local hot sauce vendor caught my eye (and my taste buds!). I staked out a spot directly opposite the judging stand, so had a gull's eye view of all the participants, and even got on the local news (according to a pal who claimed to have seen me that evening). The scene was amazing, and the artistic creativity of the marchers was just phenomenal. The only disappointment was that The Cyclone was closed due to the winds. I'd hoped to take a ride, so now I'll need to return for that next trip. The subway ride to Manhattan was filled with costumed participants headed home. Fortunately, the weather held for the parade, though at one Brooklyn station, it was pouring buckets, but two stops away, the sun was out. I am so glad I persevered to visit. The whole spectacle was amazing and I feel lucky to have experienced it. I'll definitely plan to come back. Maybe next time, I'll march as a California mermaid!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written June 26, 2023
  • TrainsFan
    New York City, New York101 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relax and swim.
    The boardwalk is fun with a variety of places to eat. The shower stations on the boardwalk can get crowded and parents were giving kids complete showers so they were hogging the shower stations whilst others were waiting. The fruit vendors seem to be numerous also and were even blocking the exit from the boardwalk. There should be some restrictions as to where the vendors can set up. The beach is nice and very refreshing and there were no loud boom boxes near to us.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • ELO
    Vegarshei Municipality, Norway1,816 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exciting beach
    Nice place for A day on the beach. We took the train N from Timesquare directly. The train last stop is Coney Island. There was easy to buy tickets by the station. On the beach there Are an amusement park, shops, restaurants and restrooms. On the beach We met tourists and locals.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Justin W
    Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey5,165 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Coney Island is trying to improve and you really have to walk around the amusement area to experience it.
    Coney Island is a place of extremes. You have a shrinking amusement area, sometimes at night not the best crowds and you do have to watch yourself at sunset. Still there are many wonderful things to do and see on Coney Island. The new Luna Park is very active with new rides and attractions that keep families amused. The boardwalk still has a lot of excitement to it and on a nice day is the perfect place to get a tan and get something to eat. Nathan's still has the best hot dogs and fries. The Coney Island Museum is an excellent place to go if you want to learn the history of the amusements of the island and want to take a step back into history. The NY Aquarium has an interesting Shark exhibition that should not be missed and you have to experience the seal show. The beach is still one of the nicest in NYC. Off the beaten track, there are wonderful Russian restaurants in Brighton Beach and Tortino's is still the best for pizza on Neptune Avenue. You have to look at Coney Island from all angles as it is not Disneyland.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 2, 2023
  • ColleenCo
    Pescara, Italy1,117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    You need to see it!!
    This is a historical place that must be seen. Many areas are really vintage and others remained untouched for decades giving a strong feel of the past, and how it used to look like when it was in its prime. The 1920's world famous cyclone is still operating with its original and scary wooden seats... scary because you feel every move and every curve makes you feel as if you will fall off... scariest rollercoaster ever! I highly recommend being there at least just for a look!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 3, 2023
  • Kensi B
    New York City, New York96 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my favorite beaches
    One of my favorite places. Just avoid the worst crowds by going to the right or the left on the sand- unless you want to be in the middle of dense crowds. I love the boardwalk food, the water is clear and calm and clean. It IS a city beach so it can be a bit dirty but considering how many people use this beach it's astonishing that it is as clean as it is. If you go away from the most crowded areas, more towards Brighton Beach, it gets less crowded and cleaner.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 18, 2023
  • I_Retired_Yay
    201 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely ! We will be back !
    We went to visit for half a day. Checked that it was open and rides would be working - but they weren't. Good job we hadn't gone with children as they would have been disappointed. It was very quiet and we enjoyed a walk along the boardwalk. Have been to New York a few times and didn't realise you could get to CI by subway. We will definitely be going again.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Simon Williams 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇬🇧
    Cardiff, United Kingdom173 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Proper old school New York but pretty run down
    Proper old school New York but pretty run down. It's about 45 mins on the subway from Manhatran. I wanted to go here as im a big fan of the film The Warriors 1979. When i got off noticed alot of homeless with drug and drink problems. You had to be careful where you walked ,as there was dog crap and human crap on the boardwalk. Also avoid the public toilets here on the boardwalk, they were stinking. I spotted human crap all down the outside wall going in. The homeless in NYC dont seem to get any help, which is very sad. The boardwalk here was in disrepair, with bits of boardwalk sticking up and splintered. You had to be very vigilant or you could have an accident. The beach is dirty and full of broken glass and God knows what else. Although its pretty run down. I did enjoy the live music, Djs, dancers and general atmosphere on the boardwalk especially in the late afternoon. Theres allsorts going on . Lots of hispanics come here so lots of salsa, meringue and calypso music and dancing. The boardwalk is full of fast food places and bars. With the amusement fare behind. All in all we enjoyed it here, even though its a dive. Its proper old school New York.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written March 14, 2024
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,413 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Adventure for all New York families
    During our holiday in New York, we lived in Brooklyn's North Slope neighborhood. Coney Island is a popular adventure for everyone in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Families, including children and parents, love Coney Island. The exciting adventure with roller coasters attracts everyone. Coney Island is neat the beach; access to Coney Island is easy. Prices are reasonable. By the way rabbits were known as "coneys" in days gone by.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written March 26, 2024
  • MissNLW
    Southampton, United Kingdom282 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lost its sparkle
    Came here 8 years ago in September and thought we'd go back and see if much has changed. Unfortunately Luna Park was open so there wasn't much to see or do (unless your planning to visit the aquarium) we had a huge ice cream from Coney Cones and walked along the promenade but didn't stay longer than an hour. Perhaps when the Luna Park is open it's a bit more exciting. It's nice to be by the sea and watch the world go by but there's definatley some interesting characters. Many of the quirky shops have closed down now as well. Such a shame as Coney Island used to be a real gem but it seems to have lost its sparkle.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written May 4, 2024
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Elisa F
Round Rock, TX19 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Kinda stinks because it is not open for summer until memorial day and so we couldn’t swim, also most of the shops are closed
Written May 22, 2024
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MissNLW
Southampton, UK282 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Came here 8 years ago in September and thought we'd go back and see if much has changed. Unfortunately Luna Park was open so there wasn't much to see or do (unless your planning to visit the aquarium) we had a huge ice cream from Coney Cones and walked along the promenade but didn't stay longer than an hour. Perhaps when the Luna Park is open it's a bit more exciting. It's nice to be by the sea and watch the world go by but there's definatley some interesting characters. Many of the quirky shops have closed down now as well. Such a shame as Coney Island used to be a real gem but it seems to have lost its sparkle.
Written May 4, 2024
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Anna Maria M
East Kilbride, UK1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
sat on a bench and wondered where my baby had gone. the fast times, the bright lights, the merry go. sorry for not making you my centrefold :((.
Written April 13, 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
During our holiday in New York, we lived in Brooklyn's North Slope neighborhood. Coney Island is a popular adventure for everyone in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Families, including children and parents, love Coney Island. The exciting adventure with roller coasters attracts everyone. Coney Island is neat the beach; access to Coney Island is easy. Prices are reasonable. By the way rabbits were known as "coneys" in days gone by.
Written March 26, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Proper old school New York but pretty run down. It's about 45 mins on the subway from Manhatran. I wanted to go here as im a big fan of the film The Warriors 1979. When i got off noticed alot of homeless with drug and drink problems. You had to be careful where you walked ,as there was dog crap and human crap on the boardwalk. Also avoid the public toilets here on the boardwalk, they were stinking. I spotted human crap all down the outside wall going in. The homeless in NYC dont seem to get any help, which is very sad. The boardwalk here was in disrepair, with bits of boardwalk sticking up and splintered. You had to be very vigilant or you could have an accident. The beach is dirty and full of broken glass and God knows what else. Although its pretty run down. I did enjoy the live music, Djs, dancers and general atmosphere on the boardwalk especially in the late afternoon. Theres allsorts going on . Lots of hispanics come here so lots of salsa, meringue and calypso music and dancing. The boardwalk is full of fast food places and bars. With the amusement fare behind. All in all we enjoyed it here, even though its a dive. Its proper old school New York.
Written March 14, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Linda Dawn H
Toronto, Canada164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I am in love with Coney Island! It is a street photographer’s paradise! Winter or summer, it is always fascinating and fun!
Written December 13, 2023
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Expedition692791
Olive Branch, MS21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
It was on our bucket list and we enjoyed it immensely. The beach and the pier were super clean and family friendly
Written October 29, 2023
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I_Retired_Yay
Coventry, United Kingdom201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
We went to visit for half a day.
Checked that it was open and rides would be working - but they weren't.
Good job we hadn't gone with children as they would have been disappointed.
It was very quiet and we enjoyed a walk along the boardwalk.

Have been to New York a few times and didn't realise you could get to CI by subway.

We will definitely be going again.

Written September 28, 2023
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mehmety280
Istanbul, Türkiye13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
lovely place, nice beach, cafes and the amusement park, it is like in the movies, be careful with the broken glass pieces in the sand :(
Written September 19, 2023
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Kensi B
New York City, NY96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
One of my favorite places. Just avoid the worst crowds by going to the right or the left on the sand- unless you want to be in the middle of dense crowds. I love the boardwalk food, the water is clear and calm and clean.

It IS a city beach so it can be a bit dirty but considering how many people use this beach it's astonishing that it is as clean as it is. If you go away from the most crowded areas, more towards Brighton Beach, it gets less crowded and cleaner.
Written September 18, 2023
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