As one of the country's oldest tourist destinations, one of New York's finest beaches, and the alleged birthplace of hot dogs as we know them, Coney Island is an undeniable icon of American culture.
With sunny skies, cool water, 2.5 miles of wide, sandy beach, continuous boardwalk, games and playgrounds, classic amusement park rides, Nathan's Hot Dogs, and other nearby attractions like the New York Aquarium and MCU Park, Coney Island Beach is a well-deserved American favorite.
The beach and boardwalk are visited by more than 10 million people each year, but the crowds are anything but a reason to stay away. The lively, colorful bustle is part of the character of this place, and it is essential to the experience.
The high season is May through September, though the beach and boardwalk are open all year long. The slower seasons have colder weather, no lifeguards on duty, fewer rides and vendors operating, but also much thinner crowds.
Family-friendly events happen often on the beach and elsewhere on the island, from concerts and sports events to summer fireworks shows and more. With so much to see and do, every visit will be sure to deliver the classic Coney Island experience, but also deliver unique entertainment each time.
Note: Public transit is the best way to get here, because parking near the beach is very limited.