How to Spend One Day at Coney Island

one day at coney island

So I already mentioned this but, Coney Island is so fun! I recently spent one day at Coney Island with some friends who were visiting from Texas and I was surprised at how much fun it was. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be much, and it was a little pricey, but I’m so glad we went! Here is how to spend one day at Coney Island.

Don’t forget to check out my post about things to know before you go to Coney Island to help you plan your trip!

Spend the morning at the beach

The beach here is really big with tons of space for people to relax and unwind. Definitely worth getting there before Coney Island opens at noon (most days) to spend some time relaxing on the beach.

Eat lunch at Nathan’s

Let me tell you, the line was seriously so long for this! I was shocked at how many people were buying corn dogs and hot dogs! Still, it may be cliché but it is fun to get a Nathan’s hot dog from the original spot. They have a location on the boardwalk and closer to the subway. They both serve the same food.

Ride the rides in Luna Park

There are so many good ones and they’re so unique! I was surprised at how many different kinds of rides there were. The ticket options vary (see my last post), but all offer you access to rides. You’ll find my favorites below.

The swings offer a great view!

The thunderbolt takes you straight up then drops you straight down!

The Cyclone is historical and original for Coney Island. It’s been there for 90 years.

On Steeplechaser, you ride a horse which is kind of terrifying because you aren’t actually strapped in the front (you’re strapped on in the back).

The Wonder Wheel is actually not part of Luna Park and costs $8 a person but is unique because it has still and swinging cars!

Get Gelato from Coney’s Cones

For $6 I got two flavors of sorbet that were amazing! It was the perfect thing for a hot day. There are locations all over Coney Island where you can grab some of this delicious treat.

See the Brooklyn Art Walls

This area reminded me a little bit of Wynwood in Miami! A bunch of artists have displayed their murals in a park right in Coney Island! The murals are also located in a spot with a bar and food available in the evening which is a great way to end your day!

By this point we were exhausted and my friends had a plane to catch so it was time to go! We had a ton of fun and I hope you will too. There’s lots to do in one day at Coney Island and I know you’ll have a blast when you go too.

  • Victoria Alicia

    I’ve been to Coney Island and it was an experience. Instead of gelato, I had some drinks. Haha! If you like Coney Island, I would also recommend you visit Roosevelt Island. Another nyc island close by to the city!

  • Brianna

    I insisted on visiting Coney Island last year, after learning about it in college. There’s so much interesting amusement park history here! You definitely should have stopped by the Coney Island museum!

  • Alex BetterTogether

    I have always wanted to go to Coney Island! Have saved this for future reference! also I LOVE your sunglasses 🙂

  • My parents used to talk about this place! Looks like those fun state carnivals they have here in Florida, but I bet the water at the beach is freezing!