Beaches in New York

The beaches in New York are the best places for a family vacation.

New York is a dream destination for many around the world. NYC packs a variety of activities for its visitors and residents. Visiting a beach in this business and fashion capital might not seem very exciting for many. However, the balance of relaxation and fun that one gets in the NYC beaches is noteworthy. The best thing about visiting the beaches in New York is that you do not need your own vehicle to get around.

Top Beaches in New York City

For those looking for information about family-friendly beaches in New York, the following are the top favorites.

Water Taxi Beach

Water Taxi Beach

The three man-made beaches located in Long Island, Governors Island and South Street Seaport is favorite destinations for families looking to have fun in the sun and sand. At South Street Seaport, there are mini golf and Skee-Ball. Governors Island hosts family concerts.

Jones Beach

Jones Beach

Located in Long Island it is known for its amphitheatre of 15,000 seats. The summer concerts in this beach are quite popular.


Montauk Beach

Located at the far end of the Hamptons, it houses New York’s first lighthouse – ‘Montauk Point Light.’

Coney Island

Coney Island Beach

It is a highly historical and very famous beach in New York. It is known for the new amusement park the Scream Zone, Luna Park, Freak Show and the roller coaster- Cyclone.

Sandy Hook

Sandy Hook

A beautiful and clean beach that can be reached without facing much traffic.

Fire Island

Fire Island Beach

Even though there are few opportunities for activities, this place offers great relaxation and quality family time.  

Rockaway Park

Rockaway Park Beach

An urban beach with no sand dunes, it has good sand and is not crowded. It has two legal surf beaches, playgrounds, volleyball courts, state park and concession stands.

Seaside Heights

Seaside Heights

It has many activities for kids on its mile-long boardwalk.

There are more such beautiful beaches around New York. They offer great fun for all their visitors. The Parks and Recreation Department maintains these sites and offers lifeguards during the beach season. It is recommended that parents allow children to enjoy the waters only when lifeguards are around. Parents should also be aware of the steps to be taken when caught in a strong current or riptide. These beaches are clean and open for fun between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Most of these beaches in New York charge for parking and you can get season passes to enjoy several activities there.