Living in a large city certainly has its advantages – proximity to a huge variety of museums, theaters and other cultural activities, to name a few – but in the summertime, when the sun is out and the weather is warm, it’s only natural that even diehard New Yorkers will want to get out of their museums and art galleries to enjoy the beauties of the great outdoors.
If you’re near the New York area and looking to have some fun in the sun this summer, check out these great beach spots that you and your family can enjoy after just a short trip outside the city.
Brighton Beach & Coney Island
Coney Island is one of New York’s most famous and popular beaches. This is the perfect beach pick if you’ve got a group of kids in tow, or if you just consider yourself a kid at heart. Not only is there the beach, with plenty of space on the sand for a big group, even on a crowded day, but there is also the boardwalk and the amusement park-style rides to keep your whole group busy all day long. The beach, the boardwalk and the park at Coney Island are only minutes from multiple subway lines, making it an easy (and affordable) trip, no matter where in the city you’re coming from.
Another beach located in the southern party of Brooklyn, Manhattan Beach is an ideal destination for those who want to do more at the beach than sunbathe. This beach allows visitors to relax around the barbecue, but it also has a huge number of facilities for sporting activities, such as baseball diamonds, and tennis, volleyball and handball courts. If you’re in the mood to really get out and enjoy your day to its fullest while also working up a sweat, Manhattan Beach is the spot for you.
Rockaway Beach & Boardwalk
The site of another famous boardwalk, Rockaway Beach covers over 170 acres of sand and surf-covered land. Rockaway is the only beach in the New York area that allows surfing, so if you’re more into water sports than lying around and soaking up the sun, this beach is worth checking out. Aside from surfing, other popular activities are fishing, volleyball, skating, and of course, swimming. Rockaway Beach is also home to seven different playgrounds, making it another good pick if you’re planning on taking the kids out for your day of fun.
While these are three of New York’s most popular beaches, there are still more options if you’d like to try avoiding the crowds by checking out a place further off the beaten path. If a different kind of destination is what you’re after, look into some of Staten Island’s beaches, like the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk & Beach or Wolfe’s Pond Beach.
And for more information about any of New York’s beautiful beaches, including hours, lifeguard information and rules, visit the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation website.
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation website: http://www.nycgovparks.org/index.php.