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!

See Some Sea Creatures Up Close

A trip to the New York Aquarium is like a trip into the very depths of the ocean itself. Exhibits feature fish, sharks, and other marine life in their habitats. When you arrive check the day’s feeding schedule (posted in the lobby) to get a chance to see penguins, otters, and walruses eating lunch. In the aquarium's Aquatheater, special shows features sea lions playing, doing tricks, and give trainers wet sea lion kisses. If all this isn’t enough, a 4D theater experience is also available for an additional price.

A large portion of the space is currently under construction in preparation for the upcoming shark exhibit, but don’t let that scare you off — aquarium life is continuing as usual and there is still lots to explore here.

New York Aquarium
10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tickets: $11.95/person over 3; $10.75 online; free for children under 2 and Wildlife Conservation Society members
Surf Avenue and West 8th Street
718-220-5100
Online: nyaquarium.com

photo: New York Aquarium via Yelp

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—Cheryl de Jong-Lambert & Yuliya Geikhman