10 Best Things to Do & Eat in Coney Island

2:15 pm  |  09.12.2018
Conney Island in New York City

A trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without a stopover at Coney Island. Coney Island is known for being one of the oldest and largest amusement parks in America. It’s also a treasure trove of historical landmarks.


Today we’re going to take you inside some of the top must-see sights that make Coney Island an American icon. With me today is my good friend Anna, a local New Yorker. She’ll also be sharing some of her favorite things to do here.

Now a trip to New York wouldn’t be complete without a stopover at Coney Island. Coney Island is known for being one of the oldest and largest amusement parks in America.

It’s also a treasure trove of historical landmarks. Today we’re going to take you inside some of the top must-see sights that make Coney Island an American icon.

With me today is my good friend Anna, a local New Yorker. She’ll also be sharing some of her favorite things to do here.

So right now, we’re outside Williams Candy store. It is known for it’s candied apples and freshly-made sweet treats. mmmm. That tastes good. You can taste the cashews and the nuttiness of the cashews and caramel, right? And there’s marshmellows? It’s a marshmellow in the center.

Walking along Coney Island Boardwalk is a must. The boardwalk is also the longest and widest boardwalk in the world. You can smell the sugar of the funnel cakes, pizza, hot dogs. You see people eating ice
cream, Italian ices…

Here’s my knish. I think I’m gonna get some mustard on it. Knishes were made popular in New York by Eastern Eurpoean immigrants in the early 1900s.

A knish is actually a .. the mustard. So nice and spicy and the breading around the potato knish is deep fried in a nice, crispy way. Behind me is the Wonder wheel and this is another Coney Island landmark.

Conney Island in New York City

Coney Island USA. It’s a non-profit arts organization that helps continue the tradition of sideshow attractions. Contortionists, sword swallowers, bearded ladies.. this is where it all took place.


It houses a daily freak show, the coney island museum and the annual mermaid parade.

Cyclone. The oldest wooden rollercoaster in America that is still working. That first drop is an 85 foot 60 degree drop. For roller coaster afficionados, this would be on your bucketlist.

What do you think we should do next Anna? I think the next thing we do, head down to the water. Gotta put your feet in the water. We’re at coney island. Let’s go.

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The sand is so fine. That’s really nice. I’m glad we did this. A definite must. So at Los Angeles, at Venice Beach they have a Muscle Beach… This is Brooklyn’s version of Muscle Beach. Only in New York.

Nathan’s Famous. The original hotdog stand was built in 1916 and this joint has been a landmark ever since. They hold an annual hot dog eating contest every fourth of July. 

And that’s how you can enjoy Coney Island. Eat your way through it.

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