For those whose like to embrace the city heat, this nearly three-mile stretch of sea and sand is free. But it does get crowded, so arrive early—most beachesopen at 10am. The adjacent boardwalk boasts some of the best people-watching in all of New York, not to mention rides, corny carnival games, concessions (though not much beyond funnel cakes and hot dogs) and shops chockablock with graphic T-shirts, souvenirs and beach gear. You could spend the whole day meandering along the boardwalk, but wear sunscreen—there aren't many shady escapes.
The next time you use our day trips from NYC list, consider checking out the best things to do at Coney Island. If you haven’t trekked to one of the top Brooklyn attractions, you need to. Visiting the beach is one of the best things to do in summer, but there’s so much more to do that doesn’t require a swimsuit. From screaming your guts out on the Cyclone to stuffing your face with hot dogs from Nathan’s Famous, here are the best things to do at Coney Island.
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