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A Weekend in Brooklyn

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published June 18th 2011

Brooklyn is one of the five New York City boroughs. Like the others, this borough has an excitement and diversity all its own, and you have an entire weekend to spend there. So, grab your bag and your family, and let's get started.


You're in Brooklyn, where the famous amusement park Coney Island just happens to be located. So, what do you think you're going to do on your Saturday? You're going to Coney Island.

Coney Island is actually a New York neighborhood; the amusement park is just part of it. It is not an amusement park that is owned or operated by one specific company; rather, the rides and attractions are owned by individual entities or persons. This gives the amusement park more of a "fair" atmosphere, which anyone will tell you is always a lot of fun.


On the weekends, the rides usually open around noon and run until the early morning hours. This gives you plenty of time to enjoy them as well as take in some of the other sights and sounds of Coney Island.

Some of the rides include roller coasters and other thrill rides, bumper cars, a carousel, and others. Some have height and weight limits as well as other restrictions; if these aren't posted, don't be afraid to ask.


Between rides, or after you've ridden all you want, you can take the time to visit some of the other attractions. These include the New York Aquarium at Coney Island, the famous beach and boardwalk, and, of course, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, the Coney Island Museum, and the Coney Island Freak Bar.

The Sideshow by the Seashore is one of the few authentic ones left in the United States. You'll see people such as Donny Vomit, Serpentina, and Bambi the Mermaid, just to name a few.



After your exciting day at Coney Island, you're going to enjoy the quiet Sunday you'll spend having brunch at Rothschild's, located at 411 Atlantic Avenue. You'll enjoy the '20s and '30s atmosphere that the restaurant has as well as the good food that is served there.

Aqueduct Flea Market

After brunch, you'll spend the rest of the day poking around the Aqueduct Flea Market. You probably saw this flea market location when you were visiting Coney Island, because it's in the neighborhood. Today, you'll have a chance to stay longer and see all the different vendors' merchandise.
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Why? Because Brooklyn is a fun place to be
When: Whenever you want
Where: Brooklyn, NY
Cost: Depends on the activity
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