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Coney Island, New York City, New York
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Fun time for the familyFlag review
Our first experience at Coney Island was a fun trip. We took a one hour train from mid-Manhattan to Coney Island. They have a nice aquarium that includes a sea lion show. The best place was definitely Nathan's hot dogs. It is must lunch time destination, but can be very crowded. the beach had a nice boardwalk and the kids enjoyed searching for shells. The rides and games were a bit pricey and we avoided that. Overall, an enjoyable day.
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avoid the busy time of the year. We had an enjoyable day in October.
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good in the off-season
Walked the boardwalk during our Thanksgiving visit to Brooklyn. The weather was unseasonably warm and the atmosphere was great. The souvenir store for the Brooklyn Cyclones minor league baseball teeam was open but the ballpark was not. However, it looks like a great p...
Great to experience off season!
We went with a large group of family and friends- some had young children. Coney Island offers something for everyone in terms of the rides and attractions. So between the kiddie rides, and the adult ''screamer'' rides, everyone found something fun to do. And if you are not much of an amusement park ''...
Wish I had visited sooner!
Headed from Manhattan to Coney Island on the subway - easy trip, no transfers, took about an hour and fekt safe all the way there and back. Stopped at Nathan's Famous for hot dogs and created some real culinary masterpieces. They were great - reason enough to make the trip! Then headed up to the boardwalk. I grew up going to the Boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland and I felt like I was right at home. Coney Island's boards are a bit wider, but the place had the same family oriented feel. Four of us - senior citizens all - went through the fun house, raced with waterguns to win prizes, and ate funnel cakes. We acted like kids and then visited the ''Zoltar'' fortune teller, like Tom Hanks in Big, hoping to recapt...
Nice and interesting
We went to Coney Island on September 5th and it was pretty empty (yes it was a bit cloudy, and yes it was quite early). But even around 13 when we left, it was still not as crowded as we expected. The beach was clean and well maintained, however close to the water area there was like a line of garbage (seems like stuff that reached the water and now the waves were spitting everything back). Imagine everything from chips bags ... to flower petals?!? And of course some sea shells. It was too cold to bath, but we played in the sand, chased sea gulls (a lot of them) and had fun playing with a beach ball. We ate at the famous Nathan's, good hot dogs, long lines but fast service :) We also took a ride on the ferri...
Classic, above average and not sketchy
After reading quite a few reviews about this place, I have to admit I was a bit hesitant to go during our trip to NYC. But the rest of my entourage was up for it and I ended up being that way as well. The subway ride from Manhattan was about 45 minutes and interesting for those of us who never ride them and our first stop after we got off was Totono's, a historic pizza joint a couple blocks from the park and beach. It's a family place with Mama running it and the pizza was thin crust and delicious. As far as Coney Island itself, it was bustling on a hot summer day with all kinds of folks on the boardwalk and the beach and everyone was friendly and enjoying themselves. Music, fishing off the pier, lots of foo...
Not my type of place. I'll only come here again if I have to entertain a group of little kids. Some parts of the amusement park look old and worn down. The rides are expensive. It's definitely nostalgic but also kinda creepy to me. I guess I watched too many carnival horror movies. The beach was so packed that our neighbor's foot...
the spirit never dies. despite the best efforts of our city's "leaders" in their quest to turn New York City into Flyover Country Suburbia, they just can't quite crush you, Coney. oh, they can shut down the bars/restaurants. they'll put up some mega-shopping centers in their place... but Coney, you refuse to die. multiple random festivals on one day (Caribbean food/music festival on one side-street, an ambient/lounge music dance party on a part of the boardwalk, a bunch of random local rock bands playing short sets further down the boardwalk). this ain't no fancy-shmancy beach with jacked-up "beach admission rates". this is the everyman's beach. every flavor of New York City's working and middle class is rep...