Travel

Everyone Needs a Coney Island Day Trip

Lunar Park is Open and here is a glimpse of the fun. Credits: ET
One of the most recognized roller coasters in the world. Perhaps, the universe. We haven't travelled it all...yet. Credits: ET
With a name like Wild River, you can expect a plunge. Credits: ET
Luna in Lights. Credits: ET
A mild Ferris wheel with sudden drops. Simulating? Terrifying? We don't know, so try it for yourself. Credits: ET.
The Cyclone. Enough said. Credits: ET
Luna Park is Open. Summer is a coming. Credits: ET
Our charming model Anita Venturi displaying our well earned Polar Bear Plunge t-shirt at the point where our bucket list plunge began. Credits: ET
The Steeplechase Pier shining in the setting sun. Credits: ET
The beautiful glitz at night. Credits: ET

Coney Island is one of those rare places that unites history with modernity, as well as quiet, residential life with the craziness of an amusement park overlooking a beach. Because of the contrasts, the area is as loved by tourists and New Yorkers alike. Whether you are coming alone, with friends, a date, or with family, there is something for everyone throughout Coney Island..

Luna Park

Luna Park, although it is often mistakenly called by the neighborhood’s name, Coney Island, opened this past weekend. The amusement park is famous for the Cyclone roller coaster, a historical, New York City landmark that was built in 1927. Smaller children will appreciate the B&B carousel, and bigger kids and adults will have their adrenaline rush fueled on the park’s newest roller coaster, the Thunderbolt. Tickets for rides are expensive individually. Before planning your day trip to Coney Island, see if you can purchase a Groupon for a ride pass if you or your kids intend on riding the rides.

Sign Up for E-News

Impress your date by winning a stuffed animal at one of the games inside the park. People of all ages, who are not easily scared, will get a few screams in at the haunted house. In fact, just hearing sudden, unexpected noises from that corner may make some people want to keep some distance.

Boardwalk and beach

For couples, nothing can be more romantic than holding hands while walking towards the sunset. The boardwalk is huge, and it goes from Coney Island Beach to the neighboring Manhattan Beach, so there is plenty of room to get a run in or an afternoon of biking. Although the beach can get crowded on the hot days of summer, you will still find a place to sprawl out and sunbathe. The water tends to be cold on this side of the country, so even on the hot days, the water temperature can take time to get used to. Don’t let it stop you from wading though.

For a panoramic view of Coney Island and Luna Park, take a walk on Steeplechase Pier. It was completely destroyed during Super storm Sandy, but it has since been rebuilt. People can enjoy the view, especially during the sunset, as well as fishing.

While Coney Island is accessible by public transportation, it will be more feasible for those across the Hudson to drive. There is ample free and metered street parking in the area. There are also paid parking available.

If you get hungry, here are our suggestions to settle your hunger.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Edison

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_61698f50b6d1d5f3aace_the_wreck_of_the_broker

Sat, September 23, 2:00 PM

The Metlar-Bodine House Museum, Piscataway

The Wreck of The Broker: The Story of New ...

Arts & Entertainment Education

Sat, September 23, 4:00 PM

Saint James Episcopal Church, Edison

Game Night and Pizza Dinner

Arts & Entertainment

Sat, September 23, 8:00 PM

State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick

Jim Breuer

Arts & Entertainment

Letter Supporting Senator Diegnan

September 23, 2017

I am supporting my friend, Patrick Diegnan, for re-election to the State Senate. Senator Diegnan is recognized as one of the leading advocates for ensuring quality public education for all of our residents, regardless of economic status. He served as an advocate for Middlesex County families as an Assemblyman from 2002 until he joined the State Senate in 2016. He currently is ...

Maria Orchid running for Edison Town Council

September 8, 2017

I am running for Edison Town Council to make a difference in our community with our quality of life issues. I have organized the Clara Barton Neighborhood Block watch which will have the next meeting on September 21, 2017 at the Clara Barton First Aid Squad at 7pm. We meet to discuss local issue with the Police and Fire department.

I am running to make our council more ...

38th annual Raritan River Fest, Duck Race, comes to town this weekend

September 22, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The 2017 Raritan River Festival and Duck Race is coming to town this Sunday, Sept. 24, noon to 6 p.m. at Boyd Park, on the riverside of Route 18 and Commercial Avenue in New Brunswick.

Admission is free and parking is available at the Rutgers University Public Safety Parking Deck.

Now in its 38th year, the festival first came to light in 1980, in celebration of the ...

Sabattis Saved: Boy Scouts' Adventure Camp to Remain Open After Patriots’ Paths Council Executive Board Vote

September 20, 2017

CEDAR KNOLLS, NJ -- The Patriots’ Paths Council Executive Board met on Monday, Sept. 18 in a special session to discuss the future operation of Sabattis Adventure Camp, which was threatened with closure.

After discussion, the Board voted to continue Sabbatis camping activities through the end of the 2019 summer camping season. The Board discussed the results presented ...

Law enforcement personnel to be honored at 16th Annual Blue Mass

September 22, 2017

METUCHEN – Hundreds of local, county, state and federal law enforcement personnel of all faiths will be recognized for their faithful commitment and self-sacrifice at the Diocese of Metuchen’s 16th Annual Blue Mass on Oct. 12 at 10:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Francis of Assisi, 32 Elm Ave.

People of all faiths are encouraged to attend and join the diocese in offering ...

The Hall Mills Murder Case by William Kunstler

The Hall-Mills Murder Case (The Minister and the Choir Singer) by William Kunstler (Rutgers University Press, 1964

At the end of Brown Avenue in Lavalette, NJ sits an ancient, gloomy, gray house. Flanked by contemporary beach homes, this brooding edifice stands out as a relic of a former era. My friend, Cathy noted to me that this house has a notorious history. “It was once owned by ...

Sam Shepard's 'Simpatico' takes off

Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” has a forceful workout at McCarter Theatre.

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, NJ – If you’re at all familiar with the works of Sam Shepard, you know that he writes about gritty, unforgiving characters in what appear to be hopeless situations.

In “Simpatico,” we learn that Vinnie and Carter are former partners in a race horse ...