Even if you missed the Mermaid Parade (it was June 17, and a pretty soggy affair), there’s still plenty of reasons to head to seaside fun spot Coney Island. In addition to the Cyclone celebrating a landmark birthday (90!) with a free boffo block party, you’ll also find new rides, new eats, new art — and all the old sun and sand favorites, too. Click through to see what’s happening on, and along, the boardwalk!

The Coney Island History Project

The Coney Island History Project isn’t a very big place — it's just two rooms — but it’s filled wall to wall with the history of the boardwalk and its many attractions. Plus: it's free!

The History Project is full of pieces from the area's past, like Coney Island’s oldest relic (a toll house sign from 1823), and reminders of the darker rides that used to greet visitors at the amusement park (including a skull that looks stripped of its skin. Yikes!).

For $20 per adult ($10 for children ages 6 to 11, and free for those 5 and under) you can book a walking history tour of some of the historic areas in Coney Island. Learn how Coney Island got its name (Conyne Eylandt –Rabbit Island), or go on a kiddie scavenger hunt, with clues leading to 10 hot spots full of living history around Coney.


Coney Island History Project
Sat. & Sun. 1-7 p.m.
3059 West 12th St.
Brighton Beach
Online: coneyislandhistory.org

Photo via the Coney Island History Project

  • The Coney Island History Project

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—Cheryl de Jong-Lambert & Yuliya Geikhman