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Coney Island Boardwalk

Daniel Avila/NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

Coney Island Boardwalk, Brooklyn, NY

The iconic 2.7-mile Coney Island Boardwalk will reopen its carnival-style Luna Park amusement park on Memorial Day weekend 2010, with newfangled thrills: a spinning roller coaster called the Tickler, the rider-piloted corkscrew-course Air Race, and 17 other new rides. 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 Luna 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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