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!

To Take in a Show at a Fresh Venue

A new addition to the Coney scene last year, the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk is already running full-tilt with a mix of concerts, family shows, comedy, and multicultural events.
(The big kid-friendly draw this season is Kidz Bop, which we noted in our roundup of this summer's best family music events.) The space-age-looking dome is set around the elaborately ornamental Childs Restaurant building, a New York City landmark, which, from the 1920s through 1950s was the place to see, be seen, and eat. The Amphitheater also has a rooftop bar, concert concessions, and Seaside Park, a lush outdoor greenspace that includes the Play Garden—a series of landscape rooms that provide challenging play opportunities for children of all ages..

Amphitheater at Coney Island
3052 West 21st St.
Online: fordamphitheaterconeyisland.com

photo: Mady A. via Yelp 

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—Cheryl de Jong-Lambert & Yuliya Geikhman