America's Best Beach Boardwalks
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.