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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
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.
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.
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.
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: daily 10am-6pm; lifeguards on duty 10am-9pm. Swimming allowed Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
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.
Attractions: Children’s playground, handball and shuffleboard courts, bocce courts, roller hockey rink, ball fields, and a fishing pier.
Hours: 10am-6pm daily