Coney Island, New York City’s entertainment hub
The Coney Island Peninsula is part of Brooklyn and is famous for its entertainment. Known as the capital of American pop culture, it offers a wide range of fun for visitors of all ages.
The world’s most iconic amusement park
A visit to Coney Island is a great opportunity to have fun at Luna Park. This typical American amusement park is home to some of the oldest wooden roller coasters still in operation. Being here feels like being on the set of a classic 90s American family movie. Visit Nathan’s Famous Fast Food Factory for delicious hot dogs and burgers fand don’t forget to take a ride on the great Ferris wheel.
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The USA’s oldest aquarium
The New York Aquarium is the oldest continuously operating aquarium in the United States. Originally established in Manhattan in 1896, it has been operating on Coney Island since the 1950s. Here you will discover an underwater world of sharks, rays, sea otters, octopus jellyfish and many other fascinating animals of the ocean world. You’ll also find interactive seal and dolphin shows here.
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Catch the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game
A visit to Coney Island is a unique opportunity to enjoy local sports. The Brooklyn Cyclones baseball team are local favorites who draw crowds to the city stadium. Head to the match on Fridays to enjoy the famous fireworks show that takes place after the game.
A Broadway musical
Broadway is the Mecca of musical performances and is still regarded as the main centre of theatrical arts in the English-speaking world, with some shows playing continuously for over 30 years. Classics of the genre include Chicago and The Phantom of the Opera. Meanwhile, children and adults alike will be thrilled to see The Lion King or Aladdin live. Broadway has played host to some of the world’s most popular actors, from Al Pacino through Tom Hanks to Bruce Willis.
Times Square – New York’s showcase
The fact that Times Square is New York’s most popular point is proven by the fact that it hosts over 300,000 people a day. Charlie Chaplin and Al Capone used to live here and now the square is the centre of the world’s billboards. This place can easily compete with Las Vegas in terms of entertainment potential. There is nowhere else in the world with such a huge range of massive advertising billboards. This place is home to an amazing amount of entertainment, fun and colours, but prepare yourself for crowds and unabashed commercialism. While strolling around Times Square you’ll spot the famous Naked Cowboy – an artist with a guitar dressed only in a hat, shoes and briefs. You’ll also find the kingdom of sweets at M & M’s World and Hershey’s Chocolate World. The iconic Times Square New Year’s Eve concert is broadcast to almost a billion viewers around the world.
What can I do in Central Park?
New York’s oasis of greenery makes a big impression on everyone who visits it. This impressive open space was built over 150 years ago, with 20,000 people employed during the 15-year-long construction. The park is now home to 26,000 trees, 29 monuments and 36 bridges with a number of entertainment points – including restaurants, bars, ice rinks and a zoo. There are opera concerts at Bethesda Terrace and the open-air t Delacorte Theater. The park can be visited on horseback, in a horse-drawn carriage or in a boat rented from Central Park’s Boathouse. The Metropolitan Museum of Art awaits art lovers – the oldest and largest museum in the United States. And in winter, visit Wollman Rink, New York’s famous ice rink, that transforms into the Victorian Gardens entertainment centre during the summer season.
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Fifth Avenue – the world’s most expensive street?
Fifth Avenue lives up to its reputation. Home to the Rockefeller Center, one of the world’s largest business and entertainment complexes, along with a triumph of Art Deco architecture, Fifth Avenue is a must-visit. Less crowded than Times Square, it is especially impressive in winter, when a festive atmosphere is created by a busy ice rink and a giant Christmas tree. One of the most expensive streets in the world, Fifth Avenue hosts annual paradessuch as the Polish Pulaski Day parade and the Irish St. Patrick’s Day parade. It is here that you can admire the legendary Empire State Building and enjoy visiting the famous Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
Where to party in and around New York?
The New York City area is full of places designed to please the crowds. If you want to visit them, consider renting a car for a one or two -day road trip around the New York area.
The Hamptons – the glitz and luxury of Long Island
Situated on Long Island, The Hamptons are the prime celebrity resort. During the day, go to Coopers Beach – one of the best-rated beaches in the United States. The trendy boutiques on Main Street in East Hampton draw large crowds, while Montauk and Ditch Plains offer water sports fans the opportunity to lose themselves in the local surfing culture.
Taste the best American wines
Although wine production on Long Island only started in the 1970s, local wines have already found their way onto the menu of the country’s best restaurants and are now renowned on the international arena. While on the island, it is worth visiting the Macari vineyards and partaking in the local, surprisingly fresh wines.
Explore the underwater world at Long Island Aquarium
This is no ordinary aquarium. The 22-year-old facility in Riverhead houses the largest coral reef demonstration tank in the Western Hemisphere. Its massive 20,000-gallon structure houses a vivid world of colourful corals, known throughout the most beautiful seas and oceans in the world.
Tree climbing at Adventure Park
Undoubtedly one of the most interesting adventure parks the United States, you’ll find 14 specially-designed paths among the trees, leading to 203 platforms connected by bridges, ladders, zip-lines and a whole lot of hidden passages. The routes are colour-coded according to their difficulty level and are designed for you to discover the treetop world on your own.
Atlantic City, the Las Vegas of the east
The Boardwalk is the most entertaining part of Atlantic City, full of casinos, expensive shops and restaurants. The 7km long coastal avenue was the USA’s first promenade. In addition to the casinos, it is also home to the Lucky Snake Arcade, which houses over 300 electrifying games from the 1980s to modern classics.
Frank Sinatra’s old haunts
Steel Pier Amusement Park stretches 300 metres into the Atlantic and has been one of the most popular entertainment venues in the United States for much of the 20th century. The project, originally owned by the Catanoso family, changed hands many times and even survived a fire. Today it mainly functions as an amusement park that hosts various events including live music at the Music Hall.
Relive your childhood at Storybook Land
For over 60 years, Storybook Land has combined the magic of childhood with an educational mission. The youngest visitors can meet their fairy tale favourites, ride the J&J Railroad and take part in the Whirly-Bug Ferris wheel. There is also a junior rollercoaster and a lot of laughs to be had on Turtle Twirl.
Believe in the impossible – Ripley’s Believe It or Not
Atlantic City is home to one of 29 Robert Ripley museums located worldwide. Containing a total of 400 amazing exhibits, including a lock of George Washington’s hair and a 27-room miniature wooden castle, you’ll find incredible art, animal quirks, and human stories that are hard to believe!