It’s Time To Make Some Memories!

It’s Time To Make Some Memories!

There’s no shortage of fun things to do in NYC, but there are probably about three or four activities you definitely need to add to your Big Apple itinerary. Trip to the top of the Empire State Building? Of course. Picnic in Central Park? Well, duh. Leisurely stroll on the historic Coney Island boardwalk and exhilarating spin on one of Luna Park’s adrenaline-inducing rides? Absolutely. Although Manhattan’s historic skyscraper and famous grassy grounds are open year-round for visitors to enjoy, Brooklyn-bound beachgoers have to wait until spring for the seaside attractions to open for the season. Well, the wait is finally over and Coney Island and Luna Park are officially open!

Making Seaside Memories
Coney Island is one of those places that spark instant memories for us locals. As an NYC transplant, I remember my first time visiting the seaside attraction. Although I’m pretty much a scaredy–cat when it comes to roller coasters, I did tackle the famed Cyclone—a wooden coaster that’s been a Coney Island mainstay for almost 90 years—and rewarded myself with a commemorative T-shirt and a big bite out of an equally famous Nathan’s hot dog. In speaking with a coworker who has also lived in the city for almost a decade, she too recalls fond memories of days spent at Coney Island riding the old-fashioned bumper cars and cheering on NYC’s minor league baseball team, the Brooklyn Cyclones, who play at MCU Park right off of the boardwalk.

Don't think that us NYC newbies are the only ones who love Coney Island. Two other coworkers, both natives to NYC, also enjoy the Brooklyn destination for fresh air, people-watching, hotdogs (with or without sauerkraut and mustard) and crinkle-cut fries, and visiting the nearby New York Aquarium.  

A Brand-New Season
Although it’s been nearly 10 years since my very first trip to Coney Island, the thing that always fascinates me about the area is how it’s constantly evolving. Luna Park, a sprawling amusement park in the area, has called the Coney Island neighborhood home for almost six years—offering coaster enthusiasts even more rides to choose from. The area is also home to Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, which boasts rides for little ones and the historic Wonder Wheel.

On the food front, you still have to try a famous Nathan’s dog, but Coney Island offerings have expanded to include Smorgasburg—Brooklyn Flea’s foodie bazaar—boasting everything from ice cream and chicken wings to buttery lobster rolls and old-school deli sandwiches.

Of course you’ll remember all of the fun things you did in Manhattan, but if you want to escape the concrete jungle, breathe in the salty sea air off the Atlantic, get the heart racing on a thrilling ride and chomp into some springtime comfort food, head to Coney Island. The train ride there might take about an hour, but the memories will last a lifetime.

Most attractions are open on weekends until Memorial Day. Check websites for hours of operation.

 

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