Coney Island is a neighborhood in Brooklyn that is best known for its historic carnival-themed amusement park, as well as its popular beaches and long, bustling boardwalk. During the summer, this a favorite destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike, as you can get there via a short train ride from Manhattan. Step off the train and smell the ocean, and hear the screams of thrill-seekers riding the famous Cyclone roller-coaster, or one of the other 50+ rides and attractions available in the park. Not only is this a super fun place to go with friends, it is also a historic part of Brooklyn and one of the oldest amusement parks in New York. The rides and attractions operate daily during the summer months, but the boardwalk and beach are open year-round and so are many of the businesses along the boardwalk. The rides are owned and operated independently, so the hours are irregular and depending on the crowds, they often run well into the early morning on weekends. Enjoy fireworks shows every Friday during the summer at 9:30. Coney Island is also touted as the birthplace of the hotdog, and is home to the original Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs restaurant. You can also catch some of the neighborhood’s history at the Coney Island Museum. Entry to the Park is free, but rides and games can be pricey. Still, it’s worth the experience even if you just want to walk around the historic amusement park.