What to do and eat in Coney Island, the neighborhood that’s ‘unlike anywhere else’

Coney Island, the “people’s playground,” has for generations been where to go to make fond memories and get your heart racing, whether on a ride, in the waves or with a date.

Both in spite of and because of its gritty vibe, it continues to offer a unique experience for those who visit its amusement park and iconic boardwalk. But Coney Island is much more than its rides (although that’s a major part of it). There are characters, businesses and iconic architecture responsible for making the neighborhood a beloved destination, from its oldest candy store and long-established restaurants to newer arrivals along the boardwalk.

With those in mind, we’ve put together an agenda of things you should do when you visit Coney Island.

Shaye Weaver