Being that this is the first time we have been to New York in Summer, we have been having the best time discovering all the fun things the city has to offer in the warmer months. As soon as the trip was booked, we knew that Coney Island with the kids was right at the top of our ‘to do’ list.
Brooklyn is such a cool borough, really family friendly and accessible from Manhattan, so I knew we’d have fun, but I didnt exactly have the highest expectations for the beach itself. Well let me just tell you, I was blown away, especially by Brighton Beach which is just a few meters down from Coney Island and the Pier. Sure the boardwalk is super kitchy, but the water quality and temperature, the food options and even the rides at Luna Park were awesome.
My biggest reservation about making the trip out to Brooklyn was the 45minute ride on the subway but that ended up being no big deal with the kids (thankfully) making the whole trip seamless. So here are our tips:
Swimming: Brighton Beach
Food: There aren’t a whole heap of healthy options available on the boardwalk so save your hotdog and burger quota for this trip and join the queues at Nathan’s Famous or Ruby’s Bar and Grill.
Ice cream: Coneys Cones! Seriously THE best ice cream.
Rides for little kids: There is a section of Luna Park right in the middle of the boardwalk dedicated to younger kids. We purchased a 10 ride card for Hazelle who is nearly 2.5 but we weren’t sure if she’d even go on one ride let alone ten, well she would have gone on 20 if we had more credits. Awesome fun.
Rides for bigger kids: OMG ok so my husband purchased two tickets for the Thunderbolt and forced me to go on after him. It was a nightmare. Don’t do it! lol
Best time to go: Try to go during the week if you can to avoid the weekend crowds. Also if you want to go to Luna Park don’t show up too early as most days the park doesn’t open until 12pm.
So if you find yourself in NYC with your family in the warmer months, make sure you put Coney Island on your itinerary! If you have any other specific questions, just comment or send me an email and I’d be happy to answer them for you. xx