Summer Fun: Take the Kids to Coney Island

We’ve been to Coney Island three times already this summer — it’s an easy day trip, there’s tons to do, and on a hot, sunny day, it thoroughly exhausts the kids. Yesss!

Here’s what we’ve been doing and what you should do, too — plus a couple more ideas for fun.

Wonder Wheel

Deno's Wonder Wheel -- now 90 years old.

Take the train, baby.

For train-obsessed kids (and, oh, is Jasper one), getting there is half the fun. We’re already in Brooklyn, on the R line, so switching for the N or the Q (the F and D go to Coney, too) and zipping out there is a breeze. There’s lots of going in and out of tunnels and under overpasses, and there’s always some sort of track work going on — all bonuses for train-travel curious kids.

Have a picnic on the boardwalk.

You can of course grab all kinds of traditional New York seaside fare — hot dogs, fries, pizza, food on a stick — but it’s been so damn hot, that hasn’t sounded appealing to me. So we’ve opted instead to take along cold sandwiches, fruit, and drinks of our own and then settle at a shady table on the boardwalk.

Hit the kiddie rides at Deno’s Wonder Wheel.

The new Luna Park is there, too, but ALL of the rides at Deno’s are fit for the younger set. A guaranteed hit.

big trucks ridewhales ride

train ride

More trains, natch.

You’re at the beach — go on out to the beach!

OK, we haven’t actually dipped our toes in the Atlantic yet, but I totally would. And definitely do get sandy. Go for a walk on the beach and let the kids romp — there are playgrounds and fabulous palm tree sprinklers.

beach playgroundpalm tree sprinkler

Cool off at the Aquarium.

You’ll need some A/C after beach time, so head to the Aquarium to chill out, take a bathroom break, and visit the sublime creatures from the deep. Our brood is currently grooving on the sharks.

sharks, Coney Island Aquarium

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Stop at Nathan’s for lemonade.

Cold and sweet. Give yourself a chilly little lift before the ride back home.

Nathan's at Coney Island

For more ideas on what to do in Coney Island — a Brooklyn Cyclones game, pizza at Totonno’s, a behind-the-scenes look at the circus, and more — check out this rockin’ post from Mommy Poppins.

The circus, by the way — a small, one-ring number by Ringling Brothers — is on through September 6th. Have fun!

circus at Coney Island

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4 Responses to “Summer Fun: Take the Kids to Coney Island”


  1. 1 SureRentals July 22, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Coney Island is a blast! Defintely a great day trip for kids, especially young ones. The theme park geared towards the little ones is great and who doesn’t love the beach? Coney Island is a great, relatively inexpensive, day trip!

  2. 2 karen July 23, 2010 at 12:48 am

    Great tips- thanks!

  3. 3 alicia July 23, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Great tips! We’ve always loved Coney Island. I’ve included this post in my link round up for this weekend!


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