New York Aquarium and Coney Island

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Coney Island amusement park. Also where Nathan's Hot Dog eating contest takes place every year
Since my family in law lives in Brooklyn I get to come here on a regular bases. Having a place to stay right across the street from Coney Island and the New York Aquarium is not a bad deal. So since I've been to both many times already I'll just write my collected impressions in this one journal instead of repeating myself over and over again.
Alright, Coney Island Amusement Park, home of Nathan's Hot dogs and the Hot dogs eating contest. We don't have to take the subway here but if you do get off at "Coney Island" (duh) or "West 8th Street".  I only have to take 5 steps from "home" and am right at this station. Sorry, don't mean to rub it in.
Coney Island itself is for kids mainly. Lots of rides, arcades and everything else that you expect from an Amusement park.
Coney Island and Brighton Beach. You can also see the New York Aquarium right there. Subway stop West 8th St in Brooklyn
The location is the best about it. Right at the beach. In the summertime I go to the beach with my family in law every time I get a chance, and get out of bed early enough. hehe The water is nice, a little cool, but nice and there are no crazy waves that might knock you over.
In the evening I enjoy a nice walk along the boardwalk towards Brighton Beach and the restaurants that are located there. My favorite is "Gambrinus" (see review below).
The Aquarium is also a nice place to spend some time. It's by no means a Sea World or anything like it, but still. They have a few penguins, sea lions (which you can see at the show, blowing kisses and stuff), a few local species of crabs and fish but also sharks and clown fish (Nemo!).
My hubby and I like to go shopping on Brighton Beach cause we are able to find groceries and delicatessen from the home land (Russia and Germany).  Most of the grocery stores sell already prepared food, real Russian dishes to go which is usually cheaper then going to a restaurant, though the prices in Brooklyn are nowhere near as bad as in Manhattan.
Also a nice place to see in Brooklyn are the Verrazano Bridge that leads to Staten Island and Sheepshead Bay.
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Coney Island amusement park. Also …
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Coney Island and Brighton Beach. Y…
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Brighton beach, Brooklyn. Where Ne…
Brighton beach, Brooklyn. Where N…
At the Brooklyn Boardwalk
At the Brooklyn Boardwalk
View of Coney Island
View of Coney Island
Coney Island amusement park
Coney Island amusement park
Verrazano bridge from Staten Islan…
Verrazano bridge from Staten Isla…
Outside the Brooklyn Aquarium
Outside the Brooklyn Aquarium
At the Brooklyn Aquarium
At the Brooklyn Aquarium
Sharks!
Sharks!
Pregnant sea horse
Pregnant sea horse
These guys only showed their legs
These guys only showed their legs
Penguin
Penguin
Me and the killer whale
Me and the killer whale
Nathans Wall of Fame and the coun…
Nathan's Wall of Fame and the cou…
Brooklyn Restaurants, Cafes & Food review
Gambrinus is a great seafood restaurant located close to the boardwalk in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. You can sit inside or the outside patio, which is … read entire review
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