Coney Island Circus Sideshow

Surf Avenue at West 12th Street

SIDESHOWS BY THE SEASHORE is located at the corner of Surf Avenue & West 12th Street in the heart of the Coney Island amusement park. The sideshow seats 99 people and there is a FREAK BAR (serving beer) and a GIFT SHOP in the lobby. Both the inside a... more

SIDESHOWS BY THE SEASHORE is located at the corner of Surf Avenue & West 12th Street in the heart of the Coney Island amusement park. The sideshow seats 99 people and there is a FREAK BAR (serving beer) and a GIFT SHOP in the lobby. Both the inside and the outside of our historic 1917 building are decorated in canvas sideshow banners painted by Valerie Haller or Marie Roberts. The building was originally Child's Restaurant which employed singing waiters. In the 1950's and 60's it was home to Dave Rosen's Wonderland Circus Sideshow where such legends as Sealo the Seal Boy, JoJo the Dogfaced Boy, tattooed man Jack Dracula and talker Bobby Reynolds once worked and performed.

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Coney Island Description

Coney Island Circus Sideshow is located in the Coney Island neighborhood of Manhattan. Almost a century before the boardwalk opened along the Atlantic Ocean, Coney Island was on its way to becoming the nation’s most popular pleasure ground. In 1824, the Coney Island House was established as a seaside resort, and within a few decades it was attracting a steady stream of visitors, including celebrities. At the turn of the century, amusement parks—Sea Lion Park, Steeplechase Park, Luna Park, and Dreamland—offered rides, concessions and entertainment on a spectacular scale.

Today, Coney Island continues to reinvent itself with new businesses flocking to the always-developing hotspot. Most notable is the renovated and reopened Luna Park, which operated from 1903 to 1944 before closing, only to reopen to much fanfare and local excitement in 2010. Other historic attractions include Deno's Wonder Wheel, an unconventional, "eccentric" Ferris wheel; and the Cyclone, a wooden roller coaster so synonymous with Coney Island that it was declared a New York City landmark in 1988 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places three years later.

The Cyclone is so famous, in fact, that the Mets' minor league team, the Brooklyn Cyclones, take their name from the historic ride. The Cyclones—one of the New York Mets' minor league teams—play their games at MCU Park, located along the Coney Island boardwalk. On the far end of the boardwalk's main stretch, families enjoy the New York Aquarium, with its thousands of marine creatures, including beluga whales, bottlenose dolphins, and stingrays, and exhibitions like the Sea Cliffs, a 300-foot-long recreation of the rocky Pacific Coast.

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Surf Avenue at West 12th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11224

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Admission And Tickets

$10 for Adults
$5 for children under 12 years old.

This Week's Hours

The Sideshow is open weekends (Saturday and Sunday) until June 5th. Starting June 10th it is open daily through September 5th. For the rest of September it is open weekends only.
The Week of the Mermaid Parade, the Sideshow runs Wednesday through Sunday, and runs Wednesday through Sunday until Labor Day.

After Labor Day, the Sideshow returns to Weekend-only operations.

On Weekends and Holidays, the Sideshow is open from 1 PM to 9 PM.

On all other days, the Sideshow will be open from 2 PM to 8 PM.

Nearby Subway

  • to Stillwell Ave/Coney Island
  • to Stillwell Ave/Coney Island

Upcoming Events

Circo Draconum Presents: Dracos Inferno: An All Fire Show!

Halloween is right around the corner-and have we got the most tempting treat for you! Circo Draconum teams up once again with your favorite local theater and freakshow bar Coney Island USA to bring you a devlish night of fire and terror to devour your hopes and dreams! Dracos Inferno ALL FIRE SHOW H... [ + ]ALLOWEEN EDITION. ALL FIRE ALL FUN! With some of the hottest fire performers in the east coast and around the world with the most unique acts, flame manipulation techniques and art you won't see anywhere else!

Expect the unexpected with dance, martial arts, magic, stunts and more infused with the smoke and soot of that sensual element that awakens your soul! We'll also have the dreamy, haunting tunes and guidance of the duo that is Charming Disaster to lead us through this enchanted evening with their transformative melodic musicality. This rare event is only happening here, one night only so don't miss this hellish Halloween extravaganza!

Featuring Performances By:

Anatolia Fiiregoddess
Graham Cracker
Lola Strange
Nikki Talis
Alexander Spitfire

Hosted by Charming Disaster

Raffle prizes and more to be announced...

Tickets are $20 online, or at the door.

Advance tickets at:

All ticket sales are non-refundable and WILL CALL only to be picked up night of performance, at our box office at 1208 Surf Avenue. TICKETS WILL NOT SHIP. There are no extra service fees for online purchase.

10/12/2019 09:00 PM
Sat, October 12
$10 for Adults
$5 for children under 12 years old.
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