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Everything You Need To Know About Going To New York Beaches This Summer

Everything You Need To Know About Going To New York Beaches This Summer

Which beaches are open in NYC and Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties and the guidelines to follow for visiting them.


Updated June 24: Summer is going to be different this year, there's no denying it. However, as we now know, some beaches and lake shores throughout New York—including some on Long Island and in Westchester—are open at 50% capacity. Mayor De Blasio announced that New York City beaches—including Coney Island, Rockaway Beach, and Orchard Beach—will open for swimming on July 1. Whatever beach you are visiting this summer, make sure you check if its open, who it is open to, and what safety restrictions you need to follow before leaving your house.

Safety Tips for Visiting Any Public Beaches or Parks

Aslam Jangda, MD, a board certified pediatrician at Crystal Run Healthcare joined with his daughter Maha Jangda, MD, a recent Medical School graduate, to compile useful tips for families visiting the beach this summer during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Maintaining six feet of distance is key
  • Wear a face mask whenever you are unable to maintain that social distance
  • Bring hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes to be able to clean your hands after touching surfaces (bathroom stalls, handrails, rental beach equipment)
  • Try not to use benches and picnic tables if any of these items are available for use
  • Bring a water bottle from home instead of using water fountains
  • There is no known information available to show if the virus can or cannot live in saltwater, so keep this in mind when making decisions to swim or not
  • There is no known information available about whether or not the virus can live on sand

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Safety Guidelines for Visiting New York City Beaches

When visiting New York City beaches,, the New York City Parks Department advises that you:

  • Limit the length of your visit

  • Practice social distancing and wear a face cover

  • Do not participate in organized sports or gatherings

  • Do not take mass transit unless absolutely necessary

Safety Guidelines for Visiting Beaches in Westchester, Rockland, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties

When visiting beaches throughout Long Island, Westchester, and Rockland counties, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the State Department of Environmental Conservation encourages New Yorkers to follow these guidelines:

  • Stay local and keep visits short

  • Visit in small groups limited to immediate household members

  • Maintain distance from others while in places where people tend to congregate, such as parking lots, trailheads, and scenic overlooks

  • Avoid games and activities that require close contact, such as basketball, football, or soccer

  • Avoid playground equipment like slides and swings and other frequently touched surfaces

  • Do not share equipment, such as bicycles, helmets, balls, or Frisbees

  • If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, choose a different park, a different trail, or return another time/day to visit

  • If parking lots are full, please do not park along roadsides or other undesignated areas. To protect your safety and that of others, please choose a different area to visit, or return another time or day when parking is available.

Beaches in Westchester County

Beaches in Rockland County

Beaches in New York City

Beaches in Nassau County

Beaches in Suffolk County

Beaches in Westchester County 

Note: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, things can change on a daily basis. Please call the beach before you leave your home to ensure it’s still open.

Croton Point Park — OPEN TO WESTCHESTER RESIDENTS ONLY
Croton-on-Hudson
914-862-5290
Hours: May 22- Memorial Day Monday, May 25. Then on Saturdays and Sundays. 11am-6:30pm, no admittance after 6pm.
Cost: Beach admission: $4; $3 children ages 5-11; free for children younger than 5; $10 parking ($5 with Westchester County Parks pass).

Glen Island Park/Beach - OPEN TO WESTCHESTER RESIDENTS ONLY
New Rochelle
914-813-6720
Hours: May 22- Memorial Day Monday, May 25. Then on Saturdays and Sundays. 11am-6:30pm, no admittance after 6pm.
Cost: Open only to Westchester residents who hold a New York State driver’s license with a Westchester address or a Westchester County Park family pass: $180 (valid for two adults and any children ages 12-18 in the same household for three years); $90 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 with pass: $4; $3 children ages 5-11; free for children younger than 5. Beach admission for Westchester residents: $10; $5 children ages 5-11. With the park pass, families are able to get a season swim pass for $300; $125 single adult; $75 senior. The season swim pass includes parking and beach access.

Harbor Island Park Beach/Steven E. Johnston Beach - OPEN
Mamaroneck
914-777-7784
Guidelines: Swimming closed until further notice. Lifeguards will not be on duty. Spray Ground closed until further notice. Open to Village of Mamaroneck residents only between 9am-1pm. Non-village residents may enter at 1pm. Social distancing will be enforced.
Hours: May 22-Sept. 7. 9am-5pm.
Cost: $7 parking on weekdays; $8 on weekends and holidays. Beach admission: $7; $4 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 3.

Oakland Beach/Rye Town (Municipal Beach) - OPEN TO RYE CITY, PORT CHESTER, RYE BROOK, AND RYE NECK RESIDENTS ONLY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Rye
914-967-0965
What to know: All 2020 Season Programs are on hold until further notice. All pavilion rentals are on hold until June 15.
Hours: May 22- Sept. 4
Cost: $5/car Monday-Thursday; $10/car weekends; $10/car holidays. Season permits available for purchase.

Rye Playland Beach - OPEN
Rye
914-813-7010
What to know: Beach will be open at 50% capacity for sunning and swimming, no concessions. Showers closed. Visitors must wear a mask if they cannot social distance.
Hours: Pool and Beach: May 25-June 30: weekends and holidays, 11am-6:30pm; July 3 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. 

Beaches in Rockland County

Note: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, things can change on a daily basis. Please call the beach before you leave your home to ensure it’s still open.

Harriman State Park / Bear Mountain State Park - OPEN
Bear Mountain
845-786-2701 (Bear Mountain office)
What to know: Parking has been reduced by 50%. 
Hours: Vary by area
Cost: $10 parking per vehicle on weekends and holidays through June 17; daily from June 23-September 3. 

Beaches in New York City

Note: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, New York City beaches are closed for swimming, though you can go into the water up to your ankles and walk along the beaches as long as social distancing guidelines are followed.

Beaches in Brooklyn

Brighton Beach, Coney Island, and Coney Island Boardwalk
718-946-1350 • 212-639-9675
Hours: Beach and boardwalk: 10am-6pm. May 22 to Labor Day. 
Cost: Boardwalk: FREE. 

Manhattan Beach
718-646-5913 • 212-639-9675
Hours: daily 10am-6pm. Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm May 22 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
Hours: Year-round, 10am-6pm daily. 
Cost: FREE admission. Parking: $8 weekdays, $10 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
Hours: daily 10am-6pm; lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm. Swimming allowed Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Cost: FREE

Beaches on Staten Island

Midland Beach and Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk
718-987-0709
Hours: 10am-6pm daily; boardwalk closes at dusk. Swimming allowed Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, 10am-6pm.

South Beach
Hours: 10am-6pm daily
Cost: FREE

Beaches in Nassau County

Note: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, things can change on a daily basis. Please call the beach before you leave your home to ensure it’s still open.

Beaches on the North Shore of Nassau County

City of Glen Cove Beaches - OPEN TO GLEN COVE AND LOCUST VALLEY RESIDENTS ONLY
Crescent Beach, Morgan Memorial Park Beach and Pryibil Beach, Glen Cove
516-676-3766
Hours: Opens May 23, 8am-6pm
Cost: FREE; Glen Cove residents only. Morgan Memorial Park Beach: Glen Cove and Locust Valley residents only.

North Hempstead Beach Park - OPEN TO NASSAU COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY
Port Washington
516-869-6311
Hours: 9am to dusk, Memorial Day through Labor Day. 
Cost: Parking: $15 Nassau County residents ($10 with credit card); $20 non-residents ($17 with credit card). Season passes available, call 311 for rates.

The Town of Oyster Bay (North Shore) Beaches - OPEN TO OYSTER BAY RESIDENTS ONLY
Centre Island Beach, Bayville: 516-624-6123
Charles E. Ransom Beach, Bayville: 516-797-4128
What to know: Spray Park is closed until further notice. 
Hours: Opens May 23, 8am-5pm.
Cost: $10 Oyster Bay residents

Beaches on the South Shore of Nassau County

Village of Atlantic Beach 
516-371-4600
Attractions: Ocean beach community featuring a boardwalk overlooking the ocean
Hours: Memorial Day Weekend and each weekend thereafter, 10am-6pm (no swimming until June 22). Lifeguards on duty starting June 22, daily 10am-6pm.
Cost: $10 Atlantic Beach residents only and their guests.

Town of Hempstead Beaches - OPEN TO TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD AND NASSAU COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY
Hewlett Point Park, Bay Park: 516-599-4064
Lido Beach Town Park: 516-431-6650
Lido West Town Park: 516-432-0940
Town Park at Point Lookout: 516-431-3900
Town Park at Sands, Lido Beach: 516-431-6910
What to know: Hewlett Point Park overlooks Hewlett Bay; the rest are ocean beaches. Lifeguards on duty daily, 10am-6pm. For safety and social distancing tips visit their website.
Hours: Ocean beaches open May 25-Labor Day. Special park district beaches June 15 through Labor Day.
Cost: $10 beach parking. Must show ID.



Jones Beach State Park
Wantagh
516-785-1600
What to know: Parking is reduced to 50%.
Hours: Open year-round. Zach’s Bay swimming area is open May 22 daily through Sept. 19. West End Ocean Swimming opens May 22, 9am-5pm daily.
Cost: $10 parking when beach is open.

The City of Long Beach 
516-431-1021
What to know: 2.2-mile boardwalk and 3.5 to 4-mile beach on the Atlantic Ocean; playground on Magnolia Boulevard in front of boardwalk; Both beach and boardwalk open for everyone on weekdays, beach is only for residents on weekends
Hours: May 25–June 23 open weekends and holidays from 9am-6pm; June 27 full-time until Labor Day from 9am-6pm. Lifeguards on duty 9am-6pm. 
Cost: Beach admission: $12 (daily) for residents; free for children younger than 12. 

Nickerson Park Beach, Lido Beach - OPEN TO NASSAU COUNTY RESIDENTS ONLY
Between Long Beach and Point Lookout
516-571-7701
What to know: Skate park, basketball, tennis, playground, and other facilities are closed. Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm. Swim at your own risk other times. Only household families allowed in a group. Social distancing must be enforced. No games or sports. Beach will close once 50% of parking lot capacity is met. No dogs.
Hours: Beach open 9am-6pm, daily. 
Cost: Daily parking: $35; $14 with Leisure Pass. Seasonal parking: $110 for Leisure Pass holders, $280 for non-pass holders. Credit card only.

The Town of Oyster Bay (South Shore Beach) - OPEN TO TOWN OF OYSTER BAY RESIDENTS ONLY
Tobay Beach, Massapequa
516-679-3900
What to know: Beaches on the Great South Bay or the ocean. 
Hours: 8am-5pm daily from May 22 through Labor Day (weekends and holidays from May 25–June 18);
Cost: $10 parking fee for Town of Oyster Bay Residents
For more information about Town of Oyster Beaches or about obtaining a beach pass, town residents should call the Town of Oyster Bay Parks Department Beach Division at 516-797-4111 or visit the town’s website.

Beaches in Suffolk County 

Note: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, things can change on a daily basis. Please call the beach before you leave your home to ensure it’s still open.

Beaches on the North Shore of Suffolk County

Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park
Kings Park
631-269-4333
Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily. Fields 1, 2, 3: May 22, swimming hours 9am-5pm daily. 
Cost: Parking: $10 (8am-4pm weekdays and 7am-6pm weekends and holidays)

The Town of Brookhaven (North Shore) Beaches - CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Cedar Beach, Mount Sinai
Shoreham Beach, Shoreham
Stony Brook Beach, Stony Brook
West Meadow Beach, Setauket
631-451-8696
Hours: N/A
Cost: N/A

The Town of Huntington Beaches - OPEN TO TOWN OF HUNTINGTON RESIDENTS ONLY
Asharoken and Crab Meadow Beach, Northport
Centerport and Fleets Cove Beach, Centerport
Crescent Beach and Gold Star Battalion Beach, Huntington
Hobart Beach, Eaton’s Neck
West Neck Beach, Lloyd Harbor
631-261-7574
What to Know: Open at 50% capacity. Centerport Beach, Crab Meadow Beach, Hobart Beach, and Quentin Sammis West Neck Beach will open on Memorial Day.
Cost: Town of Huntington Residents: $40 for the season or $25 daily. 

The Town of Riverhead Beaches - CLOSED UNTIL JUNE 
Iron Pier Beach, Jamesport
Reeves Park Beach, Riverhead
South Jamesport Beach, South Jamesport
Wading River Beach, Wading River
631-727-5744
Hours: Beaches will open June 26, 10am-6pm daily.
Cost: Permit information available on the website

The Town of Southold Beaches - OPEN TO TOWN OF SOUTHOLD RESIDENTS ONLY 
New Suffolk Beach, New Suffolk
Norman Klipp Park, Greenport
Southold Town Beach, Southold
631-765-1800
Hours: Open dawn to dusk Memorial Day through Labor Day; lifeguards on duty 11am-5pm daily.
Cost: Town of Southold residents: $20 for two years. 

Orient Beach State Park
Orient
631-323-2440
What to know: Parking reduced to 50%
Hours: Year round, 8am to sunset. Swimming season is late June through Labor Day, 10:30am-6pm to swim.
Cost: Parking: $8 Memorial Day weekend to late June and Labor Day to Columbus Day; $10 July through Labor Day.

Wildwood State Park
Wading River
631-929-4314
What to know: Restrooms currently unavailable.
Hours: Open sunrise to sunset daily. Camping season ends Columbus Day; call for reservations: 800-456-2267
Cost: Parking: $10

Beaches on the South Shore of Suffolk County

Camp Hero State Park
Montauk
631-668-3781
What to know:  Parking reduced to 50%
Hours: Sunrise to sunset daily; open 24 hours a day to fishermen with permits.
Cost: $8 parking, 8am-4pm

Town of Babylon Beaches - OPEN TO TOWN OF BABYLON RESIDENTS ONLY
Cedar Beach, Babylon
Gilgo Beach, Babylon
Overlook Beach, Babylon
Tanner Park, Copiague
Venetian Shores, Lindenhurst
631-893-2100
What to know: All beaches are open at 50% capacity. Vehicle driver must provide a valid drivers license. Salt Shack will be open at Overlook Beach and Cedar Beach for take away only. The Gilgo Beach Inn will be open at Gilgo Beach for take away only. All picnic tables will be removed. Playgrounds are closed and beach sports are prohibited. Face coverings are required when walking around the beach or interacting with beach staff.
Hours: All ocean beaches: May 23-25. 8am-6pm; Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm.
Cost: No fee May 23-May 31. Stickers required beginning June 6.

Town of Brookhaven (South Shore) Beaches - OPEN TO TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN RESIDENTS ONLY

Corey Beach, Blue Point
Davis Park Beach, Fire Island at Trustees Walk
Great Gun, Fire Island (across from Center Moriches)
Shirley Beach, Shirley
631-451-8696
What to know: Beaches will be open at 50% capacity to ensure social distancing. Residents may bring blankets and umbrellas to sit but must maintain 6 feet distance. Face masks or covering must be warn areas outside of the water. Swimming will be limited.
Hours: 10am-6pm, parking lot gates locked at 6:30pm
Cost: Free with season pass ($15)

East Hampton Village Beaches
Egypt Beach, Georgica Beach, Main Beach, Two Mile Hollow Beach, Wiborg Beach
631-324-4150
Attractions: All ocean beaches.
Hours: Lifeguards on duty 10am-5pm at Georgica, Main, and Two Mile Hollow beaches
Cost: Parking: $30 weekdays at Main Beach and Two Mile Hollow Beach. First 40 cars can pay to park on the weekends and holidays at Main Beach and Two Mile Hollow Beach, otherwise you must be an East Hampton Village resident or have a non-resident season permit.

Town of East Hampton - OPEN TO TOWN OF EAST HAMPTON RESIDENTS ONLY
631-324-2417
What to know: Parking will be limited to 50 percent capacity. All beachgoers must wear face masks when entering and exiting the beach and in parking lots. People should walk to the right when entering or exiting the beach. Food vendors will be open in parking lots.
Hours: The beach at the end of Ditch Plains Road, Nick's Beach, Indian Wells Beach, and Atlantic Beach will open on May 23. Weekends, 9am-5pm.
Cost: $25 parking at Atlantic Avenue Beach; some free parking at Kirk Park in Montauk. All other beaches require a permit: Free for Town of East Hampton residents and $375 a year for non-residents.

Heckscher State Park
East Islip/Great River
631-581-2100
What to know: Parking will be limited to 50 percent capacity.
Hours: Year-round, 7am to sunset daily
Cost: $8 parking; $10 parking from June to Labor Day.

Hither Hills State Park
Montauk
631-668-2554
What to know: Parking will be limited to 50 percent capacity.
Hours: Year round, sunrise to sunset. Beach open Memorial Day through September 11; Campgrounds open through Nov. 20
Cost: $10 parking (see website for other fees)

Town of Islip Beaches - OPEN TO TOWN OF ISLIP RESIDENTS ONLY
631-224-5403
Atlantique Beach and Marina, Fire Island: 631-583-8610
Bayport Beach, Bayport
Benjamin Beach, Bay Shore: 631-224-5778
East Islip Beach, East Islip
Islip Beach, Islip: 631-224-5413
Ronkonkoma Beach, Lake Ronkonkoma: 631-451-6100
Marina Park, Sayville
West Islip Beach, West Islip
What to know: Bathrooms and concessions will remain closed. Atlantique Ocean Beach will be open for swimming May 23-25. A lifeguard will be on duty from 11am-5pm. Mainland Bay Beaches will be open for public access and passive use. No swimming.
Hours: 10am–6pm weekends from Memorial Day to June 18. Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm from June 24–September 4; Bayport Beach and Atlantique Beach 11am-5pm, Monday–Friday
Cost: Free for Town of Islip residents with Recreation Card; $5 residents without rec card. 

Robert Moses State Park
Fire Island (western end)
631-669-0449
What to know: Parking will be limited to 50 percent capacity.
Hours: Year-round, sunrise to sunset. Lifeguards on duty Memorial Day through early September: 9am-7pm daily, times may vary
Cost: $10 parking

Shadmoor State Park
Montauk
631-668-3781
What to know: Parking will be limited to 50 percent capacity.
Hours: Year round; call for daily hours
Cost: FREE

Town of Southampton Beaches
Flying Point Beach, Water Mill
Foster Memorial Beach, Sag Harbor
Mecox Beach, Bridgehampton
Pikes Beach, Westhampton
Ponquogue Beach, Hampton Bays
Sagg Main Beach, Sagaponack
Tiana Beach, Hampton Bays
W. Scott Cameron Beach, Bridgehampton (residents only)
631-728-8585
What to know: No picnic tables or benches.
Cost: $40 resident seasonal parking permit; $25 seniors; $375 non-resident seasonal permit or $25 daily at some beaches ($90 season pass for Old Ponquogue Bridge Marine Park)

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