It’s Beach Season in NYC

The NYC beaches are now officially open for the 2019 season. If you’re wondering which ones to hit this summer, then read this list below…

Coney Island and Coney Island Boardwalk
On Atlantic Ocean, from W. 37th Street to Ocean Parkway

Iconic Coney Island is bursting with activity throughout the summer and even during the off-season. Walk along the famous boardwalk, ride on amusement rides, enjoy swimming or sunbathing on its nearly three miles of sandy beaches, or check out the courts for beach volleyball, handball, and basketball. Too chilly out to swimΑ Check out the New York Aquarium, the Abe Stark Ice Skating Rink, or the MCU Park (formerly KeySpan Park) baseball stadium where you can see the Brooklyn Cyclones play ball.

Brighton Beach
On Atlantic Ocean, from Ocean Parkway to Corbin Place

This beach next door to Coney Island is popular all summer long, as individuals and families from all over the city come to enjoy the beach’s sand and water and to explore the surrounding neighborhood, known as “Little Odessa” for its Eastern European shops and restaurants.

Cedar Grove Beach
Ebbitts Street and Cedar Grove Avenue

The city’s newest beach is a converted oceanfront bungalow colony. This charming beach is smaller and somewhat more tranquil than its neighbors, Midland Beach and South Beach, and is popular with the area’s families.

Manhattan Beach
On Atlantic Ocean, Oriental Blvd., from Ocean Avenue to Mackenzie Street

This small, family-friendly beach east of Brighton Beach attracts locals looking for a somewhat calmer beach than its neighbor.Visitors bring full picnic baskets and set up barbecues along the water.

South Beach
On Lower New York Bay, from Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field, Midland Beach

Beachgoers can sunbathe while taking in a lovely view of the Verazzano Bridge, bike through a scenic trail, jog along the boardwalk, kayak, play tennis, or fish off of the Ocean Breeze Fishing Pier, one of the city’s most popular. A park on the beach designed especially for seniors contains chess tables, benches, and bocce courts. The beach’s Fountain of Dolphins is a popular stop on any tour of the boardwalk.

Midland Beach and Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk
On Lower New York Bay, from Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field, Midland Beach

Midland Beach shares the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk with neighboring South Beach, and tends to be the somewhat less crowded of the two beaches. The beach’s attractions include a playground and courts for tennis and shuffleball, as well as a sea turtle fountain for children.

Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
On Atlantic Ocean, from Beach 9th Street, Far Rockaway, to Beach 149th Street, Neponsit

From surfers to swimmers to the Ramones, everyone wants to “hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach.” Rockaway Beach is a year-round resource for residents all along the Rockaway peninsula, and it comes alive each summer with millions of visitors.

Beach goers can enjoy the sand and water, the variety of concessions, and the city’s only legal surfing beaches. Rockaway Beach is also home to a variety of playgrounds and other outdoor activities.

Wolfe’s Pond Beach
On Raritan Bay and Prince’s Bay, Holton to Cornelia Avenues

Love the ocean but think NYC’s beaches are just too chaotic? Wolfe’s Pond Beach is the city’s best-kept secret, a small, calm, and secluded beach that’s a perfect retreat for those looking to get away from summer’s crowds.


NYC Parks maintains 14 miles of beaches. During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through September 8, 2019. Swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty and in closed sections. Closed sections are marked with signs and/or red flags. All of the beaches are free.

Read more about all of the above beaches HERE.

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