on February 11, 2006
Whether you're looking for a day in the sun away from the trials of city life or just need a place to entertain the kids on a budget, Coney Island is the perfect spot. A quick ride on the D, F, N, and Q trains will get you right there, or you can take the scenic route by car and enjoy a particularly awesome view of the city by way of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to the Belt Parkway. With the carnival activities, variety of food options, and well-kept boardwalk, Coney Island is full of options for even the pickiest of beachgoers.For the family there is an assortment of affordable snack shops, including the world-famous Nathan's, where the hot dog eating contest is held each year. The Cyclone, an ancient wooden roller coaster, will take you on a fast-paced run full of twists and turns high above the crowds that lurk nervously below. With many more amusement rides and game booths that provide the opportunity to win an assortment of goodies, like stuffed animals and knickknacks, the kids will find plenty to do.The real attraction of Coney Island is the beach. Well kept and free of debris, the shoreline is broad and inviting, giving beachgoers a vast landscape to explore and find the perfect spot to hunker down. For those who appreciate a quieter day in the sun, the early season will best fit your needs. Coney Island really comes alive with just about every type of person one could imagine once school breaks for the summertime, and the biggest days are always on weekends and holidays. New York City is known for its cultural diversity, and Coney Island stands as a great example of everyone getting together and enjoying themselves. If you're going to the beach and wonder what you will need, make sure to bring the necessities to ensure you can enjoy the day unhindered, but since Coney Island can be a last-minute destination, a few last-minute items will do. Remember, when you reach the shoreline, the temperature will drop several degrees, so it might be a good idea to take a jacket along if it's a cool day or if you plan on staying until the evening. We always throw sunscreen, a blanket and towels, and a few water bottles in a backpack, just so we don't have to disturb our sun slumbering in order to go buy beach supplies at the store. If you are bringing the kids, take along some snacks as well in order to avoid constant trips to the candy shops.Overall, expect to enjoy the time you spend at Coney Island. The company is pleasant, there are plenty of activities, and the enormous beach is an oasis for the taking. Out-of-towners should particularly include the beach in their agenda, as it's a place that will really give you a taste of what this city is all about.
©Travelocity.com LP 2000-2009