“To Do” Checklist

Luna Park’s List of the Best Things to do in Coney Island

Coney Island is the type of magical place you can get a feel for in a day but explore for a lifetime. On each visit to Luna Park be sure to mark off a unique experience from this list of fun things to do in Coney Island, NYC.

Coney Island Checklist

  • Visit the Coney Island Museum: Mix in some culture on your visit to Luna Park at the Coney Island Museum. Located at Coney Island USA, it’s a museum experience that’s actually fun, bringing important exposure to the art and culture of this iconic community. (Open daily Memorial Day through Labor Day.)
  • Catch the Coney Island Circus Sideshow: Known as the Coney Island Freak Shows during less civilized times, these Sideshows by the Seashore are worthy of headliner status. Catch 10 captivating performances from the likes of The Human Gumby contortionist and the sword-swallowing Betty Bloomerz at an official New York City Landmark space located in the original home of freaky sideshows. (Open select dates April through September.)
  • Checkout Steeplechase Pier: The best views of Coney Island’s beach and skyline can be had from across the water on historic Steeplechase Pier. Grab a fishing pole, take in the sunset or simply stroll hand-in-hand with your sweetheart on the 1,040-foot-long newly restored pier. (Open daily year-round.)
  • March in the Mermaid Parade: There’s no shortage of fun summer events in Coney Island, but the Mermaid Parade takes the cake for creativity and enthusiasm. Dress up like a mermaid or maritime character in the Nation’s largest art parade celebrating ancient mythology and seaside culture. (June 21, 2014, 1 p.m.)
  • Chill with the Coney Island Polar Bear Club: Join the oldest winter bathing organization in the U.S. on a cold water plunge for a heart-warming cause. It’s a sight and scene to behold as this diverse group strips down to their swimsuits and bravely head out for an icy dip in the Atlantic Ocean. Proceeds help support local charitable organizations, while the Annual New Year’s Day Swim has raised thousands for Camp Sunshine, a retreat for kids with
    life-threatening illnesses. (Swims scheduled every Sunday from November through April.)
  • Marvel at the New York Aquarium: Get up close and personal with a massive collection of sea animals and educational exhibits at the nation’s oldest continually operating aquarium. The NY Aquarium is home to more than 300 marine species of birds, fish, mammals and reptiles, in addition to the rockin’ Sea Lion Celebration at the open-air Aquatheater. (Open daily year-round.)
  • Scarf a Dog at Nathan’s Famous: They’ve been serving up hot dogs at Nathan’s Famous since 1916, growing from a tiny immigrant-owned stand to one of the iconic brands in American history. Join the ranks of legendary customers from Al Capone and Cary Grant to FDR and the Queen of England when you gobble down a delicious dog at the original location on the corners of Surf and Stilwell Aves in Coney Island. (Open daily year-round.)
  • Ride the Coney Island Cyclone: Not to toot our own horn, but Luna Park is home to the legendary Cyclone, the Mother of America’s roller coaster revolution. Opened on June 26, 1927, the beloved wooden roller coaster is a National Historic Landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is still one heck of a good time! (Open select dates April through October and most summer days. For complete listings and operational hours click here.)
  • Enjoy the Beach and Boardwalk: Retrace the steps of millions of visitors who have strolled along the boardwalk and taken a dip on the shores of Coney Island. With an array of activities ranging from swimming, sunbathing and beach volleyball to free summer events and music festivals, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. No matter where you are from or where you’ve been, there’s no place as rich in history and alive with energy as this one-of-a-kind beach scene in Brooklyn. (Open year round, lifeguards on duty Memorial Day through Labor Day.)
  • Grab a Slice: Some of the best places for a slice of pizza in Brooklyn reside in Coney Island, including the world-famous Totonno Pizzeria Napolitana and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Whether you are coming off the beach or taking a break between rides, there’s always time for an authentic slice in NYC. (Totonno’s: Open year-round Thursday through Sunday. Grimaldi’s: Open daily year-round.)
  • Experience Genuine Brooklyn Baseball: The first professional baseball franchise in Brooklyn since the beloved Dodgers high-tailed it to the West Coast in 1958, the Cyclones have filled a void in the hearts of fans of America’s favorite pastime. Located between Surf Ave and the Coney Island boardwalk, a Brooklyn Cyclones game brings the charm of minor league baseball to a major city. (Home games scheduled June through September.)