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Beyond the Cyclone: A Grown-Up Day in Coney Island

Don’t love rides and roller coasters? You can enjoy the world-famous boardwalk anyway.

Photo courtesy of Coney Art Walls

Don’t get us wrong, we love the must-ride-at-least-once Cyclone and Wonder Wheel, but there’s more to Coney Island’s boardwalk and sandy stretch than cotton candy and carnival games.

STROLL: Through the Coney Island Art Walls

See curated street art and soak up some sun at this outdoor gallery on the beach. 3050 Stillwell Avenue

DO: Go Back in Time at the Coney Island Circus Sideshow

Check out the artistic history of sideshow acts with modern-day fire-breathers and snake charmers. 1208 Surf Avenue

DRINK: Cold Ones at Coney Island Brewery

Tour the brewery and then spend happy hour at the shaded picnic tables on its patio. Try the house-brewed specialties, including SuperFreak, Kettle Corn Cream Ale, and Cotton Candy Kölsch on tap. 1904 Surf Avenue

EAT: At the Landmark Kitchen 21

This industrial-chic spot on the boardwalk (with killer rosemary truffle fries!) occupies the landmark space that used to house the iconic Childs Restaurant and still retains the building’s expansive windows and circular chandeliers. It’s the perfect spot for dinner before a game at MCU Park or a concert at Ford Amphitheater3052 West 21st Street

Want more Coney? Read about our favorite fried clams–and–beer dive on the boardwalk.