The best way to head to Coney Island is, of course, by bike. And you can do it easily on the Ocean Parkway Bike Path, which runs from Prospect Park all the way to Coney Island in a completely separated section of the road. There’s a section for pedestrians and one for bikes, all with a median divider between the road and the path. That’s what makes this a great ride for the family, and often, the path is full of young kids learning how to ride with their parents.
What Makes It Great
Like much of the architectural landscaping in New York, the Ocean Parkway was designed by the dynamic duo of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
The park opened with a ceremony back in 1894, with over 60 cycling clubs (and bike police) in attendance. Pretty cool, right? And as times changed and roads started getting built up around it, the government declared it a scenic landmark in the seventies in order to protect it.
Who is Going to Love It
It’s only about 5.5 miles from start to finish, and it’s certainly not the place to do your serious interval training… but you can do intervals in Prospect Park in the morning and then roll with the family to Coney Island for a fun day at the beach and on the boardwalk! Bonus: the path also pops you out right near L&B Spunomi, one of the best spots for pizza and Italian ice cream, so definitely plan to stop in and have a gelato or a slice of true NYC-style pizza.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The "preferred" parking is at 1113 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224 - the parking rates change throughout the year. However, you can grab the path in a number of places from Coney Island onward.