Summer is over, but the Coney Island History Project is open for walking tours and school groups in the fall! Take a stroll through the amusement area’s past, present and future with the Coney Island History Project Walking Tour. Our unique walking tours are based on Coney Island History Project Director Charles Denson’s award-winning book Coney Island: Lost and Found, the interviews from CIHP’s Oral History Archive, and other primary sources.
Walking tours are led by historian Charles Denson or poet/teaching artist Amanda Deutch, who have over 100 years of family history in Coney Island. All tours of the amusement area begin with a private visit to the History Project’s expanded exhibition center under the Wonder Wheel’s iconic entrance sign on Denos D. Vourderis Place (West 12th Street), just a few steps off the Boardwalk. The 1-1/2 hour, wheelchair accessible tour includes a talk on the exhibits and objects on display.
Fall, Winter & Spring Walking Tours: From September 5, 2012 through May 24, 2013, Coney Island History Project Walking Tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays by advance reservation only. Individuals and groups may also book a private tour on a weekend or weekday. For info on purchasing tickets or questions about scheduling a tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Walking Tours: From Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend, when the Coney Island History Project exhibit center is open for the season, tours begin on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm.
What People Are Saying About Coney Island History Project Tours:
- “Very cool tour! It was lots of fun and interesting. Thanks & keep up the good work!! Go history!” –Marie Carianna, Astoria, Queens
- “Thank you very much for this instructive and lively experience!” –Roland Junt, Reningen, Germany
- “Thoroughly enjoyable– and will recommend.” –Richard and Patti Gillespie, Texas
- “Great tour with a lot of interesting information and sites. Coney Island is now on the top of my list of places I would like to visit again. Thanks, Amanda.”–Ananda, South Africa (now West Orange, N.J.)
- “Loved the walking tour with Amanda. Great visit back to my childhood-and more.”–Randy, Roseland, N.J.
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