Summer fun blazes into Coney Island

Summer fun blazes into Coney Island
Photo by Steve Solomonson

It’s finally summer!

Coney Island celebrated the first week of summer on June 30, with locals and visitors alike coming out to the beach and Boardwalk despite 93-degree heat. Beach-goers were treated to face painting, balloon artists, deejays, free Zumba classes, and a scavenger hunt, just to name a few of the activities at the “Sun’s Out, Fun’s Out” event, courtesy of the Coney Island Alliance.

“I had a good time, but it was too hot,” said attendee Lillian Lamar, who got her face painted and got a caricature drawn of herself. Lamar said she and her friend decided to skip the midday Zumba due to the intense heat.

The event partnered with Luna Park’s Schools Out ride special, which rewarded high-achieving kids with free rides over the weekend. Youngsters presented their 2018 report cards and received ride credits for every A or B they earned.

The weekend also included the opening of the New York Aquarium’s long-anticipated “Ocean Wonder: Sharks!” exhibit, which features more than 115 new additions to the beloved super-sized fishbowl, including tiger sharks and loggerhead turtles.