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10 Best Beaches For A Sunny Day In NYC

Claire Leaden Claire Leaden

10 Best Beaches For A Sunny Day In NYC

We’re only a few weeks from summer in NYC, but this week it feels like it’s come much earlier!

Luckily, there are tons of beaches in NYC where you can cool off and cool down! And after opening much later in the summer last year due to COVID-19 regulations, NYC beaches will officially reopen for swimming their normal time: Memorial Day Weekend (aka next week!).

Outdoor pools across the boroughs will open for the season on June 26, right after school gets out. Out of the 53 NYC pools, all will be open except for five due to construction.

Of course, safety rules are still in place, which you can read more about here.

During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Decide where you’re heading on the next scorching day below!

1. The People’s Beach at Jacob Riis Park, Queens

Where: 157 Rockaway Beach Blvd

This oceanfront beach with landscaped walkways is clean and offers lots of room for spreading out. There are also plenty of dining options, which are rolling out with new safety precautions for the summer.

2. Coney Island, Brooklyn

Where: On Atlantic Ocean, from W. 37th Street to Ocean Parkway

This iconic NYC beach boasts three miles of sun and sand, and there are usually volleyball and basketball courts open for getting active. Plus, for the first time in a year you can ride on the Cyclone, and of course chow down on a hotdog from Nathan’s (for 5 cents on Thursdays!)!

*Accessible with beach mats and/or beach wheelchairs

*Metered street parking

3. Orchard Beach, The Bronx

Where: On Long Island Sound in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

Orchard Beach is The Bronx’s only public beach, and is a man-made beach that was constructed way back in the 1930s. It is 1.1-miles long and 115 acres, and boasts a promenade, a central pavilion, snack bars and more.

*Accessible with beach mats and/or beach wheelchairs

*Parking lot: $8 Monday – Friday for cars and vans, and $10 on weekends and holidays. Parking is $13 on weekdays, weekends, and holidays for buses, trucks, and commercial vehicles.

4. Rockaway Beach, Queens

Where: On Atlantic Ocean, from Beach 9th Street, Far Rockaway, to Beach 149th Street, Neponsit

Rockaway Beach is a surfer favorite (and the city’s only legal surfing beach!) and offers lots of concessions. Located all along the Rockaway peninsula, there’s also a thriving boardwalk with bicycle and skate paths.

*Accessible with beach mats and/or beach wheelchairs

*Free parking lots at B. 11th to B. 15th Street and B. 95th Street, plus free street parking

5. Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

Where: On Atlantic Ocean, from Ocean Parkway to Corbin Place

If you want to try something that might be a little less crowded than Coney Island Beach, Brighton Beach is right next door. It’s in a neighborhood known as “Little Odessa” for its Eastern European eateries and shops.

*Accessible with beach mats and/or beach wheelchairs

*Metered street parking

6. Fort Tilden, Queens

Where: Center Rd, Breezy Point

This spot at Breezy Point is a bit more under-the-radar and secluded, but there is no swimming allowed as there are no lifeguards on duty. So stick to sunbathing or fishing! The nearest parking is at Riis so it’s a little bit of a walk (or you could bike), but you’ll also beat the crowds. There is also the historical element of the Fort, which dates back to 1917, which you can climb to the top of for panoramic views of the beachfront.

*No parking

7. Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn

Where: On Atlantic Ocean, Oriental Blvd., from Ocean Avenue to Mackenzie Street

Don’t let the name of this one fool you, it’s actually in Brooklyn (just east of Brighton & Coney Island, to be precise). It’s a bit calmer, often drawing locals with more family-friendly vibes.

*Accessible with beach mats and/or beach wheelchairs

*Parking lot: $7 Monday – Friday and $22 weekends & holidays.

8. South Beach, Staten Island

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

This beach on Staten Island has stunning views of the Verrazano Bridge. There’s also a boardwalk, scenic bike trails, a fishing pier, and a special park designed for senior citizens.

*Accessible with beach mats and/or beach wheelchairs

*Free parking lots

9. Midland Beach, Staten Island

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

Midland Beach is right next to South Beach, on the other side of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk, and is usually a bit less crowded. There are also tennis and shuffleball courts, plus a sea turtle fountain for kids.

*Accessible with beach mats and/or beach wheelchairs

*Free parking lots

10. Wolfe’s Pond Beach, Staten Island

Where: On Raritan Bay and Prince’s Bay, Holton to Cornelia Avenues

Wolfe’s Pond Beach has been called “the city’s best-kept secret.” It’s quite a smaller than others on Staten Island, but is also lesser-known and therefore quiet without many crowds.

*Free parking lot

featured image source: Shutterstock / Rockaway Beach in Queens

See also: NYC’s Incredible Floating ‘Plus Pool’ Finally Has A City-Approved Location

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