Swim and play on a lovely five-mile Atlantic Ocean beach on the tip of Fire Island. Choose from four “Fields.” Field 2, bordering a golf course, tends to be the least crowded. Fields 3 and 4 are radio-free zones. Field 5 has a boardwalk nature trail that leads to the iconic Fire Island Lighthouse, look out for deer and other wild animals. Concessions available at Field 4.
It’s not clear if there will be capacity limits this year; check for updates on facebook.
This 115-acre, 1.1-mile-long manmade Long Island Sound beach (aka “The Bronx Riviera”) has plenty of room for social distancing.
* Features include a two playgrounds, one of them in the sand, a hexagonal-block promenade (skates & scooters welcome), a central pavilion, snack bars, two picnic areas, a large parking lot, and 26 courts for basketball, volleyball, and handball.
* Changing areas and showers available. Swimming allowed while lifeguard on duty (10 am–6 pm). Water is calm with small waves but not always the cleanest.
* No fee for beach access. Can get crowded and a bit rowdy so come early.
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. Get excellent burgers at Rippers on 86th Street and an array of food and drink at Riis Park Beach Bazaar. A block inland at Rockaway Beach Boulevard (aka Restaurant Row) dine outdoors at Bungalow Bar or pick up inventive pizzas at Whit’s End.
* Ride the waves at the city’s only legal surfing beach (67-69 Street) with private, semi-private & group surf lessons & camps for kids & adults at Skudin Surf,
* Free parking lots at 11th to 15th Street and 95th Street; also free street parking. Or arrive in style via ferries ($2.75) that depart frequently from Wall Street/ Pier 11 & Sunset Park.
* Photo and tips from Sheri Silver.
With nearly 3 miles of free sandy beaches, Coney Island’s rolling waves have been cooling off New Yorkers for centuries. Cleaner than it used to be with lots of character and attractions.
* Lifeguards are on duty 10am to 6pm, every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
* Wear you bathing suit; changing in the public bathrooms is forbidden.
* Get a hot dog (or corn dog) and fries, at Nathan’s Famous German-style all-beef dogs on toasted potato buns at Feltman’s of Coney Island. Grab a sloice of thin-crust pizza at legednary Totonno’s, seafood at Paul’s Daughter ,Caribbean food at Footprints Cafe, tacos, tortas & Las Frutas Locas. at Dona Zita Mexican Restaurant.
* Near the last stop, Stillwell Avenue, of the D, Q, N, or F train, Or drive to Surf Avenue for (mostly metered) street parking or pay less than $20 in the lot at MCU Stadium.
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 other food. Clean up at bathrooms with outdoor showers and changing stalls.
From May 3 to October 31, daily non-resident beach passes must be purchased in advance at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center (90 Harding Rd, Old Greenwich, CT) Monday – Friday 9:30 am-6 pm. Limited quantities available. Pricey but prevents crowds.
Pick up crêpes, salads, sandwiches, soups, fresh juice and smoothie drinks, all natural ice cream and sorbet from Méli-Mélo downtown before or after.
Swim in the calm Long Island Sound at two adjacent white sand beaches.
Stroll the quarter-mile boardwalk at Playland Beach, next to an old-time amusement park (opening June 26).
Beach is open 11 am to 6:30 pm; parking $10/car, beach $4/ages 12+, $3/ages 5–11. Play mini-golf for $5/person.
Parking $5–$20/car, beach $10–$20/ages 16+.
Eat pizza, salads, burgers and more on a patio or indoors on at The Barley Beach House.
Take a short walk to the Read Wildlife Sanctuary with gardens and a butterflies.
Lifeguards on duty. Concessions and bathrooms available.
This lovely marina in the suburbs has a small harbor beach with calm water (don’t expect waves), swan sightings, fishing on a pier, lots of crabs & clams, fun spray showers and lots of green spaces. Swimming allowed when lifeguards on duty (10 am-5 pm).
Concessions available and lots of food options on nearby Mamaroneck Ave; we recommend Sicilian slices from legendary Sal’s Pizza and all-natural paletas from Paleteria Fernandez. Picnic tables available.
The large playground between the beach and the parking lot has lots of inventive equipment – a great way to brush off the sand before getting in the car.
Greenwich is home to two islands situated roughly two miles off of Greenwich Harbor, Great Captain Island and Island Beach. It’s a bit of expense of effort to get to the islands, but worth it.
* The islands are preserved in their natural state, no cars or stores, with many different species of birds. Visible across the lagoon in June and July are large colonies of nesting egrets and herons. Near the handsome lighthouse, you can spot an osprey nesting platform.
Great Captain Island lighthouse was built in 1829,
* Single Entry Park Passes (($9/ages 5-64) must be purchased at at the Eastern Greenwich Civic Center (90 Harding Rd, Old Greenwich, CT, Monday – Friday 9:30 am-3:30 pm) before boarding the ferry.
* Parking tickets available at the kiosk machine in the ferry parking lot.
* Ferry tickets must be purchased before boarding at the dock.
* Boats depart every half hour or hour depending on the day (see the schedule).
* Or take ‘The Cruise to Nowhere,’ a relaxing two-hour tour of local waters ($20). Bring your own refreshments,
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 playgrounds on this quiet beach but lots of sand and waves.
* Plenty of free parking on Ocean Ave.
* Only small soft coolers with food and non-alcoholic beverages permitted. Some leave larger coolers on the boardwalk.
* Visit the shopping district on 3rd Ave for beach chairs, children’s beach toys, umbrellas, lotions, food, clothes & more.
* Masks required when accessing the bathrooms and snack bars.
* About a 1.5 hour dive from midtown Manhattan.