Family-Friendly BeachesBeach Bound
School’s out, surf’s up… but you’re still pounding the pavement at work. Come the weekend, it’s time to hit the beach with the kids in tow. These family-friendly NYC area beaches are sure to bring some sunshine to your entire family:
Voted one of the top beaches in the world, Main Beach in East Hampton is pristine and perfect for the whole family. Rest assured that there’s a lifeguard on duty, which makes this a tranquil, beautiful and safe option.
Robert Moses Beach on Fire Island is clean and serene, with five miles of ocean beaches for swimming, surfing, and more – as well as amenities like chair and umbrella rentals, concessions and restrooms with showers – this beach is a summertime must. Plus, there’s a new playground at Field 5, making it a perfect summer day trip.
In under an hour by train or car (sans traffic) the family can be at the quintessential beach town of Long Beach, NY. Fondly called the Riviera of the East, the kids will enjoy the sun-soaking and swimming and parents will enjoy the surfing and people-watching. After a stroll on the newly renovated boardwalk and a fun day at the beach, take a trip to Jordan’s Lobster Farmfor a summer picnic.
Escape to the beautiful resort town of Long Branch, NJ – specifically Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, which has an ocean beach, swimming, fishing, boating, volleyball and a boardwalk. Added bonus: Throughout the summer, there are free weekly outdoor concerts and movies under the stars.
From the city, hop the sea streak water taxi to the seven-mile stretch of beach-park at Sandy Hook. Take a ride down its bike path (which was recently extended) with its beautiful flowers, historic segments and a picture-perfect lighthouse. It spans the whole peninsula, boasting bay and beach views and scenic overlooks all the way to Manhattan and Long Island.
Looking for a less grandiose beach escape? Take a visit to the small, half-mile-long Nickerson Beach Park in Lido Beach, NY. It’s got beaches, campgrounds, a Fun Zone, ball fields, beach volleyball courts, cabanas and lockers. After you soak it all in, visit Point Lookout Clam Bar, the kid-friendly beach restaurant offering sail boat views.
If all else fails, head to Brighton Beach, one of the highly trafficked beach spots for NYC residents. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean and in close proximity to Coney Island, it’s an easy, accessible staycation.