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Best Beaches for Families in Westchester County

Best Beaches for Families in Westchester County

It’s time to feel the sand between your toes! Pack up an umbrella, some chairs, a picnic, and a good book, and hit the beach with the kids. We’ve got all of your local sandy spots to enjoy a sunny day this summer, so why hesitate? There’s an entire ocean out there waiting for you to splash around. Want some time to relax? Have the kids compete in a sandcastle contest so you can focus on “me time” until you have to pick a winner. Our guide covers beaches in the Westchester County area, including Croton-on-Hudson, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, and Rye.

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, kayaking, fishing, picnic grounds, hiking, a playground, a nature center, and camping
Hours: May 26-June 17: beach open weekends and holidays 11am-6:30pm; June 22 to Labor Day: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-6:30pm. 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 26-June 17: beach open weekends and holidays 11am-6:30pm; June 22 to Labor Day: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-6:30pm. Park open 8am to dusk daily.
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 12-17 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
Mamaroneck
914-777-7784

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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 3.

Oakland Beach/Rye Town (Municipal Beach)
Rye
914-967-0965

Attractions: Swimming, park
Hours: May 26–Sept. 4: 9am-dusk 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, $10 for non-residents on weekdays, and $15 per person on weekends. From 7pm-close, beach admission is free for residents and $8 for non-residents daily. 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, concerts
Hours: Beach: May 26-June 17: weekends and holidays, 11am-6:30pm; June 22 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.

 

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