Here at Faviana, we are inspired by all things NYC, the city where our first collection started just about 30 years ago. Even today, we love the city’s energy and refined elegance, which is always a big component of all our collections, our mission, and our vision. That is why we decided to create a weekly series in which we showcase all the best that New York City has to offer. Whether you live in the city or want to visit sometime, we hope our list of the best things to do in some of the most exciting neighborhoods and boroughs gives you plenty of options to have fun and new adventures.
If you are in New York during the summer you definitely can’t miss visiting Coney Island! Actually, if you are in NYC, period, you shouldn’t miss a visit to one of the city’s most popular attractions. This quintessential Brooklyn neighborhood has everything you need to spend a perfect day of summer fun, from amazing amusement parks, one of the best beaches in the city, and great food options. We promise you will be entertained all day and well into the night.
Morning at the New York Aquarium
Although Coney Island’s Aquarium is open year-round, there’s something special about visiting during the Summer. Not only is the only major aquarium in NYC, like the Bronx Zoo, admission to the Aquarium also helps to save the wildlife and support animal care and research to threatened animals everywhere.
Also cool to know? The New York Aquarium is the oldest continually operating aquarium in the United States, first in Manhattan in 1896, and then moved to Coney Island in 1957.
New York Aquarium
Surf Avenue & West 8th Street in Brooklyn, New York 11224
Opens at 10:00 AM
Closes at 6:00 PM
Afternoon at Coney Island Beach
There’s nothing like watching the sunset from the beach, and there’s not a better sunset than the one you will see at Coney Island. Pack a nice picnic and a blanket, lay down, and enjoy the sting of the sun and the caress of the wind at this beautiful stretch of the ocean.
If you don’t mind the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean, dip right in. If not, take a walk along the adjacent boardwalk, where you will enjoy some of the most interesting people-watching in New York City.
Coney Island Beach
Atlantic Ocean, from W. 37th Street to Ocean Parkway
Opens at 10:00 AM
Closes at 6:00 PM (After this time, lifeguards are not present. Is prohibited to swim without lifeguards at the beach)
Evening at Luna Park
New York’s main amusement park Luna Park offers wonder thrills for the whole family. From the Cyclone’s heart-stopping falls and loops (the wooden roller coaster has been an official city landmark since 1988 and a National Historic Landmark since 1991) to its famous teacups where you can spin and spin to your heart’s content. And of course, there are many arcade options with many desirable prices!
If Luna Park is not enough for your daredevil spirit, try Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park, which features, aptly, the famous Wonder Wheel. Other noteworthy attractions are the haunted house, Spook-A-Rama, the Bumper Cars and the thrilling Thunderbolt. Finish the day off with a world-famous hot dog at Nathan’s and a fantastical view of the fireworks (if you go on Friday) and you are good to go.
1000 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224
Opens at 11:00 AM (Saturday and Sunday), 12:00 PM (Monday to Friday)
Closes at 12:00 AM (Saturday and Sunday), 11:00 PM (Monday to Friday)
Hopefully, now you know what to do in Coney Island! What is your favorite neighborhood in the city? Is there a place you are dying to go? Let us know which other places we should cover by tagging us on Instagram @glamandgowns, and Faviana’s Instagram @Faviana_NY and Twitter @FavianaNY. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our Youtube channel for more fun vlogs @FavianaNYC!