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Coney Island Boardwalk

Daniel Avila/NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY

The 2.7-mile Coney Island Boardwalk reopened its carnival-style Luna Park amusement park to great fanfare Memorial Day weekend 2010. For summer 2014, the park will introduce The Thunderbolt, Coney Island’s first custom-built coaster since The Cyclone. Riders can expect to reach up to 65 miles per hour. But some boardwalk crowd-pleasers haven’t changed; many still come for ocean views and fat frankfurters at the original Nathan’s Famous, home of the world-renowned Fourth of July hot dog­–eating contest.

Don’t Miss: Grabbing a Coney Island Lager at the Freak Bar (named for the next-door “freak show”—formally the Coney Island Circus Sideshow), where old-fashioned sword swallowers, fire-eaters, and snake charmers show off their talents.

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