UPDATED JUNE 2017: 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 covers beaches in the New York City area, including Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Westchester and Rockland counties.
Also see our guide to the Best Beaches for Families on Long Island and in Connecticut.
Beaches in Westchester County
Croton Point Park
Attractions: This 508-acre park on a peninsula on the east shore of the Hudson River offers a beach, boating, fishing, picnic grounds, hiking, a playground, a nature center, and camping
Hours: Beach open weekends and holidays 11am-6:30pm in May and June; Wednesday-Sunday June 23 through Labor Day. Park open 8am to dusk daily.
Cost: Beach admission: $4; $3 children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5; $10 parking ($5 with Westchester County Parks pass).
Glen Island Park/Beach
Attractions: Swimming, fishing, picnic grounds, playground, hiking, boat ramp, refreshments
Hours: May 27–June 18: Beach open weekends and holidays, 11am-6:30pm Wednesday-Sunday; June 23–Sept. 4: Beach open 11am-6:30pm Wednesday-Sunday; park open daily 8am-dusk.
Cost: Open only to Westchester residents who hold a New York State driver’s license with a Westchester address or a Westchester County Park pass: $150 (valid for two adults and any children ages 12-18 in the same household for three years); $75 seniors ages 60 and older (valid for six years). Daily parking fee is $10 without a pass ($5 with Westchester County Parks pass). Beach admission for New Rochelle residents: $4; $3 children ages 5-11; free for children younger than 5. Beach admission for Westchester residents: $10; $5 children ages 5-11.
Harbor Island Park Beach/Steven E. Johnston Beach
Attractions: Swimming, spray park, baseball, soccer, tennis (private club), boating, fishing
Hours: May 26 through Labor Day: 9am-8pm; swimming, 9am-6pm daily
Cost: $7 parking on weekdays; $10 on weekends and holidays. Beach admission: $7; $4 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 2.
Oakland Beach/Rye Town (Municipal Beach)
Attractions: Swimming, park
Hours: May 26–Sept. 4: 9am-7pm daily
Cost: Non-residents (9am-4pm): $15 weekday parking fee, $20 weekends; $10 beach admission on weekdays, $15 on weekends. Residents (9am-4pm): $8 weekday parking fee, $9 on weekends; $7 beach admission on weekdays, $8 on weekends. From 4pm-close, parking is $5 and from 4-7pm, beach admission is $5 per person for residents. Children younger than 13 are always admitted free.
Rye Playland Pool and Beach
Attractions: Pool, boardwalk, rides, boating, arcade, mini golf, concerts
Hours: Beach: May 27–June 18: weekends and holidays, 11am-6:30pm; June 23 through Labor Day: Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6:30pm. Pool: June 23 through Labor Day: Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6:30pm
Cost: Beach admission: $4; $3 children ages 5-11 and seniors with county ID; free for children younger than 5. Pool: $6; $4 children ages 5-11; $3 seniors; free for children younger than 5. Parking: $10 daily and $15 holidays. Lockers and umbrellas are available to rent for a small fee.
Beaches in Rockland/Orange Counties
Harriman State Park/Bear Mountain Park
845-786-2701 (Lake Welch office)
Attractions: 31 lakes and reservoirs, more than 200 miles of hiking trails, two beaches, two public camping areas, plus miles of streams and scenic roads and scores of wildlife species, vistas, and vantage points. Bear Mountain also has a small zoo with animals native to the area.
Hours: Vary by area
Cost: $10 parking per vehicle; some additional pool fees apply. $6 parking in picnic area.
NEW YORK CITY
Beaches in Brooklyn
Brighton Beach, Coney Island, and Coney Island Boardwalk
718-946-1350 or 212-639-9675
Attractions: 2.7-mile boardwalk, New York Aquarium, Luna Park (including the Cyclone rollercoaster), eateries, outdoor spray showers
Hours: Beach and boardwalk: 5am-1am. Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm, May 27–September 4. New York Aquarium: 10am-4:30pm daily.
Cost: Boardwalk: FREE. Luna Park: $1 per ride credit; $35 for 4-hour unlimited wristband (does not include specialty rides); Cyclone rollercoaster: $10 (must be at least 54 inches tall to ride). New York Aquarium: $11.95; $15.95 seniors; $14.95 children ages 3-12; free for children ages 2 and younger.
718-646-5913 or 212-639-9675
Attractions: Boardwalk, two playgrounds, large baseball diamond, tennis, basketball, handball courts
Hours: Sunrise to sunset (8am-8pm) daily, lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm May 27 through Labor Day
Cost: Beach: FREE. Parking: $6 weekdays, $20 weekends and holidays.
Beaches in the Bronx
Orchard Beach and Promenade
Pelham Bay Park
Attractions: 1.1-mile sandy beach, promenade, changing areas, showers, food stores, specialty shops, playgrounds, picnic areas, basketball, volleyball, handball courts
Hours: Year-round, 10am-6pm daily. Swimming allowed Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Cost: FREE admission. Parking: $7 weekdays, $9 weekends and holidays.
Beaches in Queens
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
Far Rockaway to Neponsit (Beach 9th Street to Beach 149th Street; see website for entrance changes)
Attractions: Basketball and handball courts, beach tennis, skate park, surfing, sitting areas, playgrounds along the boardwalk and adjoining areas
Hours: Sunrise to sunset; lifeguards on duty 10am-9pm. Swimming allowed Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Beaches in Staten Island
Midland Beach and Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk
Attractions: Sprinklers and playground, handball and shuffleboard courts, seasonal concession stands, and picnic areas. Site of the annual Back to the Beach Celebration (July 22-23) with food, games, sandcastle-building, boardwalk vendors, live music, and fireworks.
Hours: 10am-8:30pm daily; boardwalk closes at dusk. Swimming allowed Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, 10am-6pm.
Attractions: Children’s playground, handball and shuffleboard courts, bocce courts, roller hockey rink, ball fields, and a fishing pier.
Hours: 10am-6pm daily