Best Beaches in the New York City Area

Best Beaches in the New York City Area

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Make waves at a beach near you!

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 New York City area, including Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Westchester and Rockland counties.

 

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Also see our guide to beaches for families on Long Island and in Connecticut.

 

Beaches in 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, 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

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.

Beaches in Rockland/Orange Counties

Harriman State Park / Bear Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain
845-786-2701 (Bear Mountain 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: 10am-6pm. Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm, May 27 to Labor Day. 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.

Manhattan Beach
718-646-5913 or 212-639-9675

Attractions: Boardwalk, two playgrounds, large baseball diamond, tennis, basketball, handball courts
Hours: daily 10am-6pm. Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm May 27 to Labor Day
Cost: Beach: FREE. Parking: $6 weekdays, $20 weekends and holidays.

Beaches in the 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.

Beaches in 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: daily 10am-6pm; lifeguards on duty 10am-9pm. Swimming allowed Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Cost: FREE

Beaches in 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 14-15) with food, games, sandcastle-building, boardwalk vendors, live music, and fireworks.
Hours: 10am-6pm 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


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