All it takes is a one-hour drive to switch from city life to a relaxed beach vibe at Jones Beach in Long Island. With 6.5 miles of sand facing the Atlantic Ocean, it's the nearest escape for city dwellers who go here on weekends and in the summer.
The beach is divided into fields. Some are more crowded than others while some are quieter with no loud music playing. The best one recommended for children is Field 5.
Things to Do
- Pack your favorite food and go on a picnic. You'll find lots of chairs and umbrellas available for rent.
- Swim and play in the waves with the kids. Field 5 is on the bay side and has shallower water so it's safer for kids. There's a playground in the area too. Zach's Bay is another swimming alternative for little children.
- Walk or bike along the boardwalk and stop for snacks in the food booths. Visit neighboring dining and shopping establishments.
- Check out if there are outdoor activities (movies, concerts) at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, an outdoor amphitheater overlooking Zach's Bay.
Jones Beach Insider Tips
- Parking is available for $10. Once you've paid the parking fee, you can move between the fields without extra cost.
- In summer, traffic builds up on the way to the beach. Consider going in early fall or spring if you don't like a crowded beach.
- The state park provides a Water Wheel Mobility aid that will take individuals in a wheelchair from the sand into the water.