What to do
The Coney Island Museum celebrates the area’s unique past with vintage memorabilia like funhouse mirrors and carnival rides. Even better, admission is just five bucks. The Coney Island Circus Sideshow highlights talented performers who swallow knives and eat fire while providing a bit of history that moves the attraction past the “freak show” label and into an art form.
An outdoor museum of street art on Stillwell Avenue since 2015, Coney Art Walls includes 35 murals by local and international artists. For more street art, check out the Wall of Remembrance, a 9/11 mural at MCU Park, which pays tribute to the firefighters, police officers, and first responders -- a third of whom either lived or worked in Brooklyn -- who died that day.
The New York Aquarium lets you get up close with sea lions, penguins, and even sharks, thanks to its new Ocean Wonders: Sharks! exhibit. Watch the Brooklyn Cyclones, a bunch of minor league Mets, play ball at MCU Park, the “most fun ballpark in America.” Not that into baseball? Catch one of the team’s theme nights celebrating Harry Potter or Seinfeld, sure to give you some serenity now.
Check out a concert or a comedy show at the Ford Amphitheater. For a quiet dance on the beach, keep an eye out for the Silent Disco, a traveling NYC event that offers wireless headphones that stream a curated mix courtesy of DJs in residence. The monthly dance party, Coney Island Reggae on the Boardwalk, will also keep you grooving to ska, reggae, and dancehall throughout the summer.
Don’t forget the annual Mermaid Parade, which is a nearly naked NYC wonder that allows everyone to channel their inner-Ariel for a few sweaty glorious hours. Cool down every summer Friday night with a fireworks display that lights up the Coney Island skyline.