Coney Island Beachgoers Who “Bear” the Cold
Among the “coolest” free things to do in New York City to get your blood pumping is taking an invigorating dip in the icy Atlantic Ocean with the Coney Island Polar Bears. If your idea of winter weekend fun in Brooklyn is gathering on the beach, donning your bathing suit and marching out into the ocean waves, the nations oldest winter bathing organization offers the opportunity with a regular schedule of swims held every Sunday from November through April.
Founded by the colorful character and early physical fitness guru Bernarr Macfadden in 1903, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club uses its proceeds to help fund worthy local charitable organizations. Whether you are in the mood to test your tolerance to freezing cold water or are more inclined to bundle up and look on from the beach, there’s always a good time to be had when the Polar Bears are on the move. Be sure to circle your Coney Island Calendar of Events for the Annual New Year’s Day Swim, and visit Polarbeachclub.org for news updates, membership/swim information and classic photos from the ranks of the cold and the brave!