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Coney Island

June 6, 2016

On the Friday before Memorial Day, my mom offered to watch Jameson, and since we’d have access to her car, Jordan came up with the brilliant idea of making a trip to Coney Island. I’d never been before — I’d only passed signs for Coney Island from the Belt Parkway as we’d make trips to visit my family in Queens. I’d always wondered what it was like. So I was pumped.

StoriedStyledConeyIslandThe fun started during the car ride there, as Jordan and I took turns picking and playing our favorite hip hop songs from the late ’90s and early 2000s. I promise you, my head nod was for real. And people in other cars were likely concerned. I could blame it on being child free. Or it being the start of a holiday weekend. Or the sunshine. But those would all be lies. Truth is, I’m just a little crazy.

We snagged a great parking spot on Surf Avenue, and hopped out the car. It was a hot day in the city, but the breeze from the water made it feel 10 degrees cooler than it was. We were already winning.

Our first stop was for some lunch. Of course, there’s the famous Nathan’s, but we weren’t really in the mood for hotdogs. So we opted for Wahlburger’s instead. I had this fish sandwich number with tater tots, and it was tasty.StoriedStyledConeyIsland-2After eating, we checked out the street art installation behind Nathan’s, which reminded us of our visit to Wynwood Walls in MiamiStoriedStyledConeyIsland-3StoriedStyledConeyIsland-5StoriedStyledConeyIsland-4
This one had to be my favorite…StoriedStyledConeyIsland-6StoriedStyledConeyIsland-7So much color and talent on these walls.StoriedStyledConeyIsland-8After taking in the walls, we wove our way through Luna Park.StoriedStyledConeyIsland-9StoriedStyledConeyIsland-12StoriedStyledConeyIsland-11StoriedStyledConeyIsland-14StoriedStyledConeyIsland-22StoriedStyledConeyIsland-13We spent some time walking along the boardwalk and breathing in the sea air.StoriedStyledConeyIsland-15StoriedStyledConeyIsland-16StoriedStyledConeyIsland-17And then it was time to get on some rides! Since it was a Friday, and kids are still in school, the park was practically empty. No lines and most rides were just halfway full. Our first pick was the classic Cyclone rollercoaster. I love rides, and wooden ones are so much fun, mainly because I think you spend most of the ride wondering if the thing might fall apart at any moment. We would laugh, then scream, and then laugh at the fact we were screaming. It was pretty hilarious.StoriedStyledConeyIsland-18We also got on the swings that raise you up about 100 feet above the park. StoriedStyledConeyIsland-19StoriedStyledConeyIsland-20Hard faces at the beginning, followed by more laughter as we zipped around and prayed I didn’t drop my phone. I love how Jordan is giving us an eight-year-old happy face in this pic.StoriedStyledConeyIsland-21After the rides, there was one last thing to be done — a stop at Rita’s for water ice. I got my beloved misto shake with lemon ice and vanilla custard, and I was transported back to high school, when I’d drive myself to Rita’s after school on an almost daily basis. I’ve committed to make a couple visits to the one on the Upper West Side this summer, because I was reminded just how good this is.StoriedStyledConeyIsland-23StoriedStyledConeyIsland-24StoriedStyledConeyIsland-25Coney Island — you know how to show a girl a good time. Looking forward to coming back for more, especially to see you all lit up and pretty at night.

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  • Reply
    June 6, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Great post! It was pretty awesome being able to end my last half right there on the board walk (and snag a post-race picture in front of one of the murals!) Glad you both had a great time!

    • Reply
      Jessica Rice
      June 7, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks, Chasity! I saw the pic of you with your medal in front of the mural, looking quite cool, might I add! That must have been an epic end to the race. :-)

  • Reply
    Ma Rice
    June 6, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    I’m feeling nostalgic! Coney Island was such a treat for me when I was a child; your post has brought back wonderful memories of one of my favorite places, although we didn’t have those amazing murals back in the day!

    • Reply
      Jessica Rice
      June 7, 2016 at 10:12 pm

      The Cyclone was the first rollercoaster my mom rode as a teenager, so she said the same thing! It’s fun to know we got to hang at spots you guys would frequent years ago.

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