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!

Hit the Beach!

Two centuries of beachgoers can’t be wrong: the surf and sand are the real reason to head out here. Weekend after weekend, Coney Island is hands down the most crowded—especially in the area in front of Luna Park—and Brighton is second. If you want a little wiggle room, aim for the stretch of sand between the two. There are no concessions in the immediate area so pack a picnic or be prepared to flag down the vendors who will come by selling cotton candy, ice cream, cocktails, and more. (Also: if you've got a beach umbrella, bring it. You can buy one at one of the many stores on the way to the beach, too.) Beaches are open with lifeguards on duty from 10 am to 5 pm.

Coney Island
Take the D, Q, N or F train to Stillwell Avenue

Brighton Beach
Take the B or Q to Brighton Beach

  • The Coney Island History Project
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What’s your favorite way to do Coney with the kids? 

—Cheryl de Jong-Lambert & Yuliya Geikhman