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Whether people are looking to soak up the sun on the beach or looking for sweet treat, here are some of the best things to do while visiting Brooklyn’s Coney Island. By John Friia>

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Luna Park

‪1000 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

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TO PLAY: A visit to Coney Island is not complete without a trip to Luna Park. There are a few beloved rides that are still in operation from the 1920s, including the historic Cyclone coaster. The Cyclone is one of the last wooden rollercoasters in America, complete with an 85-foot drop and a 60-degree fall.

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New York Aquarium

‪602 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224

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TO EXPLORE: The wonders of the ocean await children and adults at the New York Aquarium, located near the iconic Coney Island boardwalk. Check out the array of underwater creatures or see trainers and sea lions show off their skills with daily performances at the Aquatheater. The New York Aquarium is constructing a new exhibit, Ocean Wonders: Sharks!, which is expected to be completed in 2018 and will be the home to thousands of fish, sharks, sea turtles and sting rays.

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Nathan’s Famous

‪1310 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224

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TO EAT: For over a hundred years, Nathan’s Famous has become synonymous with Coney Island. Bite into their signature beef frankfurter, crinkle fries topped with melted cheese, corn dogs or chili dogs. One of the most anticipated events on Coney Island is the annual Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4. A small number of participants are selected by a regional contests, and hundreds of spectators gather to see how many hot dogs can eat in 10 minutes.

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Coney Island Brewing Company

‪1904 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224

TO DRINK: Before relaxing in the sun, people can stop by the Coney Island Brewing Company for a pint of locally-brewed beer. The small brewery offers free tours throughout the day and educates visitors on the process of making their eight in-house beers. The brewery rotates their menu and offers seasonal drafts.

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Williams Candy

‪1318 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224

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TO INDULGE: Williams Candy, a staple in Coney Island for over 75 years, serves an array of candy that gives even the oldest customers a feeling of nostalgia. Their signature candied apples are favorite among customers.

John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.