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by Melanie Baker; Research by Maureen Ramirez

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Get ready for the smell of sunscreen and the feel of sand between your toes. Gather up the whole family for a day at the beach to catch some waves and get back to relaxation. Our guide to beaches on Long Island, including Nassau County and Suffolk County's North Shore and South Shore sandy reprieves, will keep your summer plans ocean-sprayed. 

kids at the beach; children playing in the ocean




North Shore Beaches


City of Glen Cove Beaches

Crescent Beach, Morgan Memorial Park Beach and Pryibil Beach, Glen Cove, NY


Attractions: Overlooks Long Island Sound. Morgan Memorial Park Beach offers a picnic area, food concession, and hiking trails.

Hours: 10am-6pm daily.

Cost: Free; Glen Cove residents only. Morgan Memorial Park Beach: Glen Cove and Locust Valley residents only.


North Hempstead Beach Park

Port Washington, NY


Attractions: Long Island Sound beach. Basketball and bocce courts, horseshoe pits, shuffleboard, picnic areas, playgrounds, food stand, and fishing. Sunday concerts at 1pm in July and August.

Hours: Open 9am-dusk Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Cost: Nassau County resident parking is $40 for the season; daily parking is $15 for residents, $20 for non-residents.


The Town of Oyster Bay (North Shore) Beaches

Centre Island Beach, Bayville: 516-624-6124

Charles E. Ransom Beach, Bayville: 516-624-6160

Attractions: Centre Island overlooks Oyster Bay Harbor and Long Island Sound and offers a food stand, turf field, and basketball court; Charles E. Ransom Beach also overlooks the Sound and offers outdoor showers and a playground.

Hours: 8:30-6pm.

Price: $50 seasonal sticker for Oyster Bay residents; $15 daily fee for residents, $50 for non-residents.



South Shore Beaches

Village of Atlantic Beach


Attractions: Ocean beach community featuring a boardwalk and beach clubs overlooking the ocean.

Hours: Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm.

Cost: Free to Atlantic Beach residents only and their guests.


Town of Hempstead Beaches

Hewlett Point Park, Bay Park; 516-599-4064

Lido Beach Town Park; 516-431-6650

Lido West Town Park; 516-432-0940

Town Park at Point Lookout; 516-431-3900

Town Park at Sands, Lido Beach; 516-6910

Attractions: Hewlett Point Park overlooks Hewlett Bay; the rest are ocean beaches. Many offer sports facilities including basketball, tennis and volleyball courts; picnic areas.

Hours: 10am-6pm at Hewlett Point Park; 7am-5pm for ocean beaches; lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm weekends and holidays until June 17 and daily from June 18 to Sept. 3.

Cost: Hewlett Point Park: $5; $2.50 children ages 5-9, seniors, and veterans. Non-district residents: $6; $3 children ages 5-9, seniors, and veterans. All other beaches: $8 parking fee for residents; $25 non-residents.


Jones Beach State Park



Attractions: Ocean beach, showers, recreation programs, pool, playground, picnic tables, performing arts theater, museum/visitor center, marina, golf, gift shop, food, and fishing. No pets allowed.

Hours: Open year round. Zach's Bay swimming area open daily for the season through August 10. Call regarding the West End Ocean swimming beach.

Cost: Parking: $10 per car.


The City of Long Beach


Attractions: 2.5 mile boardwalk and beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Playground on Magnolia Blvd. in front of boardwalk. Several beach concerts and events are held during the summer.

Hours: Lifeguards from 9am-6pm. See website for schedule of events.

Cost: Beach admission $12 per person over age 13. Seasonal passes available; residents receive discount with proof of address.


Nickerson Park Beach, Lido Beach

Between Long Beach and Point Lookout


Attractions: Ocean beach.  Family "Fun Zone" with a skate park, basketball courts, two tennis courts, new nautical-themed playground and another playground with climbing apparatus and puzzles. Also offers baseball field, beach volleyball courts, dog run, camp grounds, cabana areas, beach showers, food, two picnic areas with benches and grills, and parking areas. There are two pools at either end of the park, along with small "kiddie" pools (fee required).

Hours: Open seven days a week, sunrise to sunset. The pools are open through Labor Day, Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday and holidays 11am-7pm.

Cost: $8 for Leisure Pass holders; non-leisure pass holders: $30 per car.


The Town of Oyster Bay (South Shore Beach)

Tobay Beach, Massapequa, NY


Attractions: Beaches on the Great South Bay or the ocean, surfboarding areas, spray park playground, pavilions, refreshment stands including Singleton's Seafood Shack and a Salsa Shack.

Hours: 8am-4pm. Ocean beach is open on weekends only for Oyster Bay residents.

Cost: Open to Oyster Bay residents only on weekends with a permit; non-residents can visit on weekdays for $40.





North Shore Beaches


The Town of Brookhaven (North Shore) Beaches

Cedar Beach, Mount Sinai, NY

Shoreham Beach, Shoreham, NY

Stony Brook Beach, Stony Brook, NY

West Meadow Beach, Stony Brook, NY


Attractions: Overlooks the Long Island Sound; Cedar Beach also offers a fishing pier, nature center, walking trails, and snack bar. West Meadow Beach offers nature crafts and a variety of family programs.

Hours: 10am-6pm daily. 

Price: Free for Town of Brookhaven residents with season pass ($25 for two years); $20 daily parking fee for non-residents.


Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park

Kings Park, NY


Attractions: Beach, biking, bridle path, fishing, food, golf, hiking, nature trail, picnic tables, playground, playing field, recreation programs, and showers. Dogs allowed only in undeveloped areas of the park with a leash.

Hours: Open year round, sunrise to sunset.

Cost: Parking: $10 per car, weekdays 8am-4pm and Saturdays and Sundays 7am-6pm.


The Town of Huntington Beaches


Asharoken and Crabmeadow Beach, Northport, NY

Centerport and Fleets Cove Beach, Centerport, NY

Crescent Beach and Gold Star Battalion Beach, Huntington, NY

Hobart Beach, Eaton's Neck, NY

West Neck Beach, Lloyd Harbor, NY

Attractions: Overlooks The Long Island Sound. Many offer playgrounds. Crab Meadow Beach and Centerport Beach have picnic areas and Crab Meadow Beach also offers a boardwalk.

Hours: 8am-8pm daily.

Cost: Town of Huntington Residents $35 for the season or $20 daily; non-residents $30 daily.


The Town of Riverhead Beaches

Iron Pier Beach, Jamesport, NY

Reeves Park Beach, Riverhead, NY

South Jamesport Beach, South Jamesport, NY

Wading River Beach, Wading River, NY


Attractions: All overlook The Long Island Sound, except for South Jamesport, which overlooks the Peconic Bay. Basketball/tennis courts at South Jamesport; playground at each beach except for Reeves; fishing pier at Iron Pier. Concession stands at South Jamesport.

Hours: Memorial Day-Labor Day, 10am-5pm.

Cost: $15 yearly permit for Town of Riverhead residents under age 60; $5 age 60 and over. Non-residents $200 yearly or $35 daily.


The Town of Shelter Island Beaches

Crescent Beach, Wades Beach


Attractions: Beaches overlooking Shelter Island Sound.

Hours: Generally 9am-5pm; some are open 24 hours.

Cost:  Free for residents. Non-residents: $35 per week, $75 monthly, or $200 for the season.


The Town of Smithtown Beaches

Callahans Beach, Fort Salonga, NY

Long Beach, Nissequogue, NY

Schubert's Beach, Nissequogue, NY

Short Beach, Nissequogue, NY


Attractions: All beaches overlook the Long Island Sound.

Hours: Lifeguards on duty from 9am-5pm.

Prices: Free for Town of Smithtown residents only.


The Town of Southold Beaches

New Suffolk Beach, New Suffolk, NY

Norman Klipp Park, Greenport, NY

Southold Town Beach, Southold, NY


Attractions: New Suffolk overlooks the Peconic Bay, Norman Klipp Park faces the Peconic Bay/Shelter Island Sound and Southold Town Beach overlooks The Long Island Sound. All offer playgrounds, boat ramps.

Hours: Open dawn-dusk Memorial Day through Labor Day; lifeguards on duty from 10am-5pm.

Prices: Town of Southold residents $6 for the year; $150 for non-residents or $25 daily.


Orient Beach State Park

Orient, NY


Attractions: Beach overlooking The Long Island Sound, biking, fishing, food, hiking, nature trail, pavilions, picnic tables, playground, playing field, recreation programs, and showers. No pets allowed.

Hours: Open year round, 8am to sunset. Swimming season late June through Labor Day.

Cost:  Free beach admission. Parking: $8 Memorial Day weekend to late June and Labor Day to Columbus Day; $10 July through Labor Day.


Wildwood State Park

Wading River, NY


Attractions: Beach overlooking The Long Island Sound, biking, camper recreation, campsites, fishing, food, hiking, nature trail, picnic tables, playground, recreation programs, showers. No pets allowed.

Hours: Open year round, sunrise to sunset. Camping season ends Columbus Day. Call for reservations.

Cost: $8 preseason; $10 June 25 to Labor Day.



South Shore Beaches

Camp Hero State Park

Montauk, NY


Attractions: Ocean beach (no lifeguards), biking, bridle path, fishing, hiking. Dogs allowed on a leash.

Hours: Open year round, sunrise to sunset. Open 24 hours a day to fishermen with permits.

Cost: Parking: $8 per car.


Town of Babylon Beaches

Cedar Beach, Babylon, NY

Gilgo Beach, Babylon, NY

Overlook Beach, Babylon, NY

Tanner Park, Copiague, NY

Venetian Shores, Lindenhurst, NY


Attractions: All ocean beaches, except for Tanner Park and Venetian Shores, which overlook The Great South Bay. Most feature picnic areas and playgrounds, and some offer fishing piers. In addition, Cedar Beach offers the Cedar Beach Marina and trailer camp sites, Tanner Park offers tennis courts, and Venetian Shores offers ball fields and a spray ground for kids. The Gilgo Beach Inn also offers food and live music.

Hours:  Open 8am-8pm daily during the summer; spray parks open 10am-6pm. Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm weekdays, 9am-7pm weekends and holidays.

Cost: Town Of Babylon permit is $40 for the season. Non-residents: Cedar Beach, Tanner Park: $15 weekdays; $25 weekends and holidays. Gilgo Beach: $30 weekdays; $40 weekends and holidays. Overlook Beach and Venetian Shores are open to Town of Babylon residents only with permit.


Town of Brookhaven (South Shore) Beaches

Corey Beach, Blue Point, NY

Davis Park, Fire Island (across from Patchogue), NY

Great Gun, Fire Island (across from Center Moriches), NY

Sandspit Beach, Patchogue, NY

Shirley Beach, Shirley, NY


Attractions: Fire Island beaches overlook the ocean; the rest overlook The Great South Bay. Corey Beach, Davis Park and Great Gun offer playgrounds. Great Gun also offers a marina and picnic areas.

Hours: 10am-5pm, 10:30am-5:30pm for Davis Park.

Cost: Free for Town of Brookhaven residents; $20 daily for non-residents.


Cupsogue Beach County Park

Westhampton, NY


Attractions: Overlooks the ocean, fishing area, food concession, camping, scuba diving. Live music offered in the summer.

Hours: Open Memorial Day through Labor Day. 8:30am-8pm.

Cost:  Suffolk Residents pay $8 with Green Key cards or $15 for non-Suffolk residents.


East Hampton Village Beaches

Egypt Beach, Georgica Beach, Main Beach, Two Mile Hollow Beach, Wiborg Beach


Attractions: Ocean beaches. Main Beach also offers a snack bar. Main Beach was named the #4 beach in America's Top 10 Beaches List by Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research.

Hours: Lifeguards on duty at Georgica, Main and Two Mile Hollow beaches, 10am-5pm.

Cost: Parking: $25 weekdays at Main Beach and Two Mile Hollow Beach. First 25 cars can pay to park on the weekends and holidays at Main Beach and Two Mile Hollow Beach, otherwise you must be an East Hampton Village resident.


Town of East Hampton

631-324- 2417

Atlantic Avenue Beach, Big Albert's Landing Beach, Indian Wells Beach, Amagansett, Ditch Plain Beach, East Lake Beach, Esssex Beach, Kirk Park Beach, South Lake Beach, Montauk, Maidstone Park, East Hampton

Attractions: All ocean beaches, except East Lake, which is on Block Island Sound and Maidstone Beach on Gardiners Bay. Many offer food stands.

Hours: Lifeguards are on duty from 9am-6pm.

Cost:  $20 parking at Atlantic Avenue Beach; some free parking at Kirk Park in Montauk. All other beaches require a permit: Free for Town of East Hampton residents and $375 a year for non-residents.


Heckscher State Park

East Islip/Great River


Attractions: Beach on the Great South Bay, biking, boat launch sites, fishing, food stands, hiking, nature trails, pavilions, picnic tables, playground, playing field, recreation programs, showers. Leashed dogs only allowed in undeveloped areas (field 5). Pool and campgrounds are not open this year.

Hours: Open year round, daily 7am-sunset/

Cost: Parking: $8 per car.


Hither Hills State Park

Montauk, NY


Attractions: Ocean beach,, biking, bridle path, camper recreation, campsites, dumping station, fishing, food, hiking, hunting, nature trail, picnic tables, playground, playing field, recreation programs, showers, and tent/trailer sites. Dogs only allowed in certain areas, on a leash not more than six feet.

Hours: Open year round, sunrise to sunset. Beach open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Campgrounds open Apr. 15 through Thanksgiving.

Cost: Parking: $10 per car.


Town of Islip Beaches


Atlantique Beach and Marina, Fire Island: 631-583-8610

Bayport Beach, Bayport

Benjamin Beach, Bay Shore, NY: 631-224-5778

Islip Beach, Islip, NY: 631-224-5413

Ronkonkoma Beach, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY: 631-451-6100

Sayville Beach, Sayville

Attractions: All are on the Great South Bay, except for Benjamin Beach (on the ocean) and Ronkonkoma Beach (on Lake Ronkonkoma). All feature playgrounds and picnic benches, some offer basketball, volleyball, tennis, handball, and BBQ sites; check website for details. Food pavilions only at Islip and Atlantique Beach. Spray park at Benjamin Beach.

Hours: 10am-6pm daily. Bayport Beach closed Tues-Thurs.

Cost: Town of Islip resident with Recreation Card is Free; otherwise $5 daily.


Meschutt Beach County Park

Hampton Bays, NY


Attractions: Still-water bathing beach on Great Peconic Bay, campgrounds, picnic areas, windsurfing & sailing areas, playground, The Meschutt Beach Hut Raw Bar & Grill.

Hours: Open Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Cost: Parking: $8 per car.


Robert Moses State Park

Parking Field 2, western end of Fire Island


Attractions: Five miles of ocean beach, fishing, food, golf, marina, picnic tables, playground, recreation programs, and showers. No pets allowed.

Hours: Open year round, sunrise to sunset. Lifeguards on duty Memorial Day to Labor Day from 10am-6pm weekdays; 9am-7pm weekends.

Cost: Parking: $10 per car.


Sailors Haven Beach

Fire Island; take Ferry from Sayville, NY


Attractions: The Sunken Forest (a maritime environment with guided tours and a hiking trail), large ocean beach for swimming, picnic areas, boardwalk with trails for bird watching, nature exhibits, and a snack bar. The Sailors Haven Visitor Center offers children's programs in which kids discover marine life and participate in nature crafts.

Hours: Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Call for daily hours.

Cost: Free beach admission. Call the Sayville Ferry at 631-589-8980 or visit savyvilleferry.com for prices.


Shadmoor State Park

Montauk, NY


Attractions: Ocean Beach, biking, fishing, hiking. Dogs allowed only on a leash. Platform available for photography.

Hours: Open year round. Call for daily hours.

Cost: Free.


Smith Point County Park

Shirley, on Fire Island, NY


Attractions: The county's largest oceanfront park offers swimming, camping, surfing, scuba diving, salt-water fishing, outer beach access, snack bar, playgrounds.

Hours: Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Swimming when lifeguards are on duty.

Cost: Parking fee: $15 for non-residents; $8 for residents with Green Key pass.


Town of Southampton Beaches

Coopers Beach, Southampton, NY (voted #1 in America's Top 10 Beaches List by Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research)

Flying Point Beach, Water Mill, NY

Foster Memorial Beach, Sag Harbor, NY

Mecox Beach, Bridgehampton, NY

Pikes Beach, Westhampton, NY

Ponquogue Beach, Hampton Bays, NY

Sagg Main Beach, Sagaponack, NY

Tiana Beach, Hampton Bays, NY

W. Scott Cameron Beach, Bridgehampton, NY


Attractions: All are ocean beaches, except for Foster Memorial Beach, which overlooks the Peconic Bay. Many offer picnic tables, volleyball courts, food concessions.

Hours: Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. Swimming when lifeguards are on duty.

Cost: $30 resident seasonal parking permit; $20 seniors; $300 non-resident seasonal permit or $20 daily at some beaches ($35 for Old Ponquogue Bridge Marine Park).


Watch Hill

Fire Island; take ferry from Patchogue


Attractions: Ocean beaches for swimming and surfing, campgrounds, hiking trails, bird watching, a marina, and The Pier Restaurant and Snack Bar. The Watch Hill Visitor Center offers children's programs in which kids can walk along the nature trail, go canoeing, participate in nature crafts and explore marine life.

Hours: Open seven days a week, sunrise to sunset. Swimming only permitted when lifeguards are on duty.

Cost: Free. Call the Davis Park Ferry Terminal, 631-475-1665, for ferry schedule and prices from Patchogue to Watch Hill.


Also see our complete guide to the Best Beaches for Families in the New York Metro Area



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