Destress from this crazy summer with sand and waves. Most beaches are at reduced capacity so go in the morning or evening to get in and avoid crowds.

Also explore water parks, zoos, gardens and more in our open in NYC and open near NYC guides (or stay home with our  best of virtual NYC ).


Greenwich Point Park

Old Greenwich

This pretty beach in a large green park with lots of trees and paths is super kid-friendly – gentle waves, lots of animals including geese and small crab to collect and covered wood pavilions for shade not far from the water. The concession stand sells an array of hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches, ice cream and…

Rockaway Beach


This clean beach on the Atlantic Ocean features wide stretches of soft sand, a 5.5-mile boardwalk, playgrounds and a vibe so cool it was featured in a Ramones song. * Find some of the best food in NYC at the concessions, especially the one at 97th Street concession like arepas from El Palenque and fresh…

Spring Lake Beach

Spring Lake

This beautiful beach with a long boardwalk in a small seaside community manages crowds with daily online ‘Beach Badges.’ Select a date and area on the website, then pick up at the Spring Lake Train Station (Mon-Fri 8 am–3 pm & Sat-Sun 8 am–5 pm). * Lifeguards on duty 9 am-6 pm daily. * No…