Best Beaches in the New York City Area
By NYMetroParents Staff

Best Beaches in the New York City Area

June 11, 2014   |   Where-To Guides  

UPDATED JUNE 2016: 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, New Jersey, and Westchester and Rockland Counties. 

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Also see our guide to the Best Beaches for Families on Long Island and in Connecticut.

 

Westchester County

 

Croton Point Park

Croton-on-Hudson
914-862-5290

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 11am-6:30pm in May and June; Wednesday-Sunday June 24 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

New Rochelle
914-813-6720

Attractions: Swimming, fishing, picnic grounds, playground, hiking, boat ramp, refreshments
Hours: May 28–June 19: Beach open weekends and holidays, 11am-6:30pm Wednesday-Sunday; June 24–Sept. 5: 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: $75 (valid 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: $4; $3 children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5.

Harbor Island Park Beach/Steven E. Johnston Beach

Mamaroneck
914-777-7784

Attractions: Swimming, spray park, baseball, soccer, tennis (private club), boating, fishing
Hours: May 28–June 30: 9am-6pm; July 1–September 5: 9am-8pm 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)

Rye
914-967-0965

Attractions: Swimming, park
Hours: 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

Rye
914-813-7010

Attractions: Pool, boardwalk, rides, boating, arcade, mini golf
Hours: Open 11am-6:30pm Wednesday-Sunday, June 24 through Labor Day.
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 weekdays, $10 weekends and $15 holidays. Lockers and umbrellas are available to rent for a small fee.

 

Rockland/Orange Counties

Harriman State Park/Bear Mountain Park

Bear Mountain
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

Brooklyn

Brighton Beach, Coney Island, and Coney Island Boardwalk

718-946-1350 or 212-639-9675

Attractions: 2.7-mile boardwalk, New York Aquarium, rides (including the Cyclone rollercoaster), eateries, outdoor spray showers
Hours: Beach and boardwalk: 5am-1am. Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm, May 28–September 5. New York Aquarium: 10am-4:30pm daily.
Cost: Boardwalk: FREE. Luna Park and 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.

Manhattan Beach

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
Cost: Beach: FREE. Parking: $6 weekdays, $20 weekends and holidays.

 

Bronx

Orchard Beach and Promenade

Pelham Bay Park
718-430-1891

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.

 

Queens

Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk

Far Rockaway to Neponsit (Beach 9th Street to Beach 149th Street; see website for entrance changes)
718-318-4000

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.
Cost: FREE

Staten Island

Midland Beach and Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk

718-987-0709

Attractions: Sprinklers and playground, handball and shuffleboard courts, seasonal concession stands, and picnic areas. Site of the annual Back to the Beach Celebration (July 11-12) 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.

South Beach

Attractions: Children’s playground, handball and shuffleboard courts, bocce courts, roller hockey rink, ball fields, and a fishing pier.
Hours: 10am-6pm daily
Cost: FREE