Seize the sunscreen! Seven Metropolis Seashores to Go to This Weekend • Brooklyn Paper
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After more than a year of social distancing, New Yorkers are more than ready to enjoy the coming summer, and luckily, starting May 29, all New York City beaches will officially be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
New York City has many beaches, and we’re incredibly privileged to have so many beautiful destinations just a subway, bus, or car ride away.
The Jacob Riss beach, managed by the National Park Service, is now 50 percent full. Robert Moses State Park posted on its Facebook page last summer when it closed the beach due to capacity constraints. As we know, this may change in COVID life in the coming weeks and as this is a new experience for everyone we recommend checking out websites and Facebook pages before you set off.
Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
Known for its Russian population and the popular Little Odessa neighborhood, this neighbor of Coney Island is a famous beach in the southern part of Brooklyn. This beach is an atmosphere – pack a picnic or grab some delicious food at one of the nearby restaurants and soak up the sun.
Coney Island, Brooklyn
Coney Island isn’t just a beach; it’s an experience. Families can visit the New York Aquarium, and now that Luna Park and Deno’s Wonder Wheel amusement parks are open at 33 percent occupancy, these are also fun places to visit before taking your place on the sand. The beach itself is always busy, so if you’re looking for a quiet day at the beach, get there early before the crowds show up. Or hug this bustling beach and enjoy the food stalls on the boardwalk – just get hold of tickets for extra fun like rides or the aquarium if you want to incorporate these attractions into your day at the beach.
Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn
If you’re looking for a no-frills beach, check out Manhattan Beach. There is a park for the kids and you can bring your grill and cook right on the beach. The waves aren’t huge and the vibe is chilled, which makes it perfect for families with young children.
Rockaway Beach, Queens
If you’re looking for less spectacle and more surfing destination with snack stalls (Rockaway Beach Surf Club) and food that Californians call everyday life, grab your beach bag (and the kids) and hit this cool beach. It’s a worthwhile day trip if you’re a beach freak at heart.
Jacob Riss Park, Queens
The Peoples Beach is a neighbor of Rockaway Beach and a perfect getaway for families – especially if you love the beach and good food. Usually not as crowded as Coney Island, this beach has a Brooklyn vibe (despite being in Queens) with its many Brooklyn food favorites.
Orchard Beach, Bronx
Designed by Robert Moses, this beach is the only public beach in the Bronx and it doesn’t disappoint. The 115 hectare beach includes a promenade, and for the children who need to stay active there are two playgrounds, 26 basketball courts, volleyball and handball. With two picnic spots, you can grab a spot to eat from the snack bars or bring your own food and drink while taking in the views of City Island.
Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island
On this beach by the sea you have to hop on the LIRR; it is about the same time by car. This beach offers opportunities that are suitable for a family beach day. While it’s not exactly deserted, the New York Parks site attracts 3.8 million visitors annually, making it a popular travel destination for many. For real east coast treasure, visit the Fire Island Lighthouse; It also offers a spacious playground for the children. Parents: There are also private showers to rinse off the sand before heading home!
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