We then heard from The Alliance for Coney Island which is a nonprofit organization that brings together businesses, community organizations and residents dedicated to continuing the transformation of Coney Island into a year-round, recreational oceanfront destination and improve the quality of life for visitors, businesses and residents alike. As visiting Coney Island has been a fun tradition for me since childhood I'm so glad to see the Alliance working hard to make it better and better and safer and safer too.
They had some fun trivia raffles and my friend Laura from the blog My 3 Ring Circus won a Luna Park Beach Ball:
|Laura from My 3 Ring Circus Blog|
I had to catch a shot of her hamming it up! Here is one of us both hamming it up inside the Aquarium:
|Left: Tracy from Ascending Butterfly and Right: Laura from My 3 Ring Circus|
Then it was off to the Sea Lion Celebration at the newly renovated Aquatheater at The New York Aquarium:
They use three different Sea Lions during the performance, and they each have their own personalities, they are all total hams!
This shot below is one of my favorite moments from the show, he is just totally enjoying the love:
I took WAY too many pictures of the Sea Lions so please check out our Pinterest Page and check out additional photos from the Sea Lion Show that didn't make this post for lack of space!
|At the end you get the chance to get up close and personal!|
|Don't be scared, he is just saying HELLO! (really loud!) :)|
After the show we walked through the Aquarium to check out some of the fish, check out this 'little guy':
Again, I took a lot of shots, so check out our Coney Island/New York Aquarium board on Pinterest for more fun photos!
and then we hit the famous Boardwalk:
|Left: Ascending Butterfly and Right: Mama Butterfly|
Had I had more time I would have looked for a picture of us when I was little for #ThrowbackThursday, but that could take awhile so here is the photo we took together from this trip! (Hey bloggers who attended the BlogHer Conference last year, do you recognize that bag I'm carrying?)
I also had to ham it up with my blogger friend Issa from Single Mama NYC who I met at the first BlogHer conference I ever attended! Who knew that one night sitting at the same table during a blogging conference would lead to a friendship? So bloggers when you wonder what the most valuable thing you gain from conferences are, it's friendships, a network of great friends you can rely on!
It was time for my blogging buds to feed their little ones (I don't have little butterflies of my own), so we all split up for lunch, some of us hit Nathan's, and me and mama butterfly hit up a boardwalk spot for some rawbar deliciousness as we love Clams and Oysters! Then it was time for some fun on the rides! Gotta stop and get these first:
One of the first rides we tackled was Wild River at Luna Park!
|That's Ascending Butterfly taking the front seat on Wild River at Luna Park NYC at Coney Island!|
With the infamous Coney Island Mermaid Parade coming up this Saturday, I just had to capture this shot where the seahorse is holding the sign that reads "Mermaid Parade".
Thankfully the historic B&B Carousell has returned to Coney Island's Luna Park. For me, the Central Park Carousel and the B&B Carousell are cherished parts of my childhood!
To say I had fun would be an understatement! And if you are wondering what weekend would be a good one to visit? How about THIS one! With Fireworks on Friday Night and The Mermaid Parade this Saturday there couldn't possibly be a better weekend to hit Coney Island and The New Aquarium too! (Just remember butterflies, these are NOT your mama's mermaids so use your discretion as to whether or not you want to bring little ones with you for the Parade). And of course you can't miss Deno's Wonder Wheel while you are there!
What is YOUR favorite Coney Island Memory?