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This post covers how to visit Coney Island, including how to get there, things to do and see, and where to eat, as well as a short history. 


Coney Island is located on the southern tip of Brooklyn, approximately 1 hour by subway from Times Square. 

From Times Square, it takes 1 hour to get to Coney Island by subway.

How to get to Coney Island

Use this link for directions to Coney Island from Manhattan or anywhere in the NYC area.

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Subway to Coney Island

By subway, take the Q line, F line, or D line to station "Coney Island- Stillwell Avenue". 

The subway station is just a 5-minute walk away from the subway to the most famous Coney Island sites. 

If you are new to the NYC subway, then you may find the following guides helpful.

Ferry to Coney Island

Beginning in 2023, the East River Ferry is supposed to be transporting passengers to Coney Island.

It's planned to sail from Pier 11 at Wall Street and takes approximately 37 minutes to get to Coney Island.

Its fare is scheduled to be ($4.00) and is a much more pleasant ride than the subway! Get your tan started before arriving at Coney Island.

As of May 2023, the launch of this new route is postponed indefinitely.

The East River Ferry has several routes that take you to many of the best parts of New York City. Find out more here.

Events and Things to Do on Coney Island

Coney Island offers a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy.

You can relax on the sandy beach, take a thrilling ride on the iconic Cyclone roller coaster, indulge in delicious boardwalk treats, and explore amusement parks like Luna Park.

Additionally, you can visit the New York Aquarium or catch a baseball game at MCU Park.

We have a detailed post titled "Events and Things to Do on Coney Island" which mainly covers how to visit Coney Island, things to do and see, and where to eat. Do check it out.

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About The Author

Stephen Pickhardt

Stephen is the CEO of Free Tours by Foot and has overseen the transformation of a local walking tour company into a global tour community and traveler’s advice platform. He has personally led thousands of group tours in the US and Europe, and is an expert in trip planning and sightseeing, with a focus on budget travelers. Stephen has been published and featured in dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal, BBC, Yahoo,, and more.
Updated: September 11th, 2023
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