Best date spots: Coney Island

Beach and boardwalk
Channel your inner child with a trip to Coney Island. Weekends get crowded, so arrive early—beaches open 10am. The adjacent boardwalk boasts some of the best people-watching in all of New York. You and your crush can cling to each other for dear life on the Cyclone, challenge each other at carnival games and rate the authenticity of the sideshows, all while filling up on classic treats like funnel cakes and hot dogs. You could spend the whole day meandering along the boardwalk, but wear sunscreen—there aren't many shady escapes. Click here for our guide to what to do, eat and see.)