Amid the hustle and bustle of daily life, you might forget that New York City is surrounded by water, and even better, miles of gorgeous beaches from Long Island to the Jersey Shore. But don’t stress over choosing between the price tag of the Hamptons versus the Snookie-ness of Jersey, there are plenty of kid-friendly beaches accessible by public transportation and most no more than one hour away. The NYC Parks Department maintains 14 miles of beaches, all of which are open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day with lifeguards are on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. So what are you waiting for? Pack up the sand toys and sunscreen, grab the kids and hit the beach already!


2. Beautiful Scenery and Noteworthy Surf

While the Rockaways are still making improvements two years after Superstorm Sandy, Rockaway Beach had 3 million visitors last summer and is open for business as usual. Over three miles of white sand await you at this family-friendly Queens beach and boardwalk. Seven playgrounds keep kids happy, along with fishing, skating, volleyball, sunning and, of course, swimming. Your visit wouldn’t be complete without lunch at the famous Rockaway Taco.

For More Fun: Head to Boarders Surf Shop for surf or SUP board rentals (includes free use of lockers, hot showers, changing rooms and bathrooms), then go to 92nd-94th St. to catch the waves in the designated surfing area.

Travel Time: 1 hour 15 minutes by subway from Penn Station.

Getting There: Take the A subway to Broad Channel and transfer to the Shuttle subway to get closer to the main beach action at Beach 90 St. Or stay on the A train one stop past Broad Channel to enjoy the quieter Beach 67 St.

Photo courtesy of Kiki R. via


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-Ashly Grzyb