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.