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!

4. A Picturesque Beach and Lighthouse

Five miles of pristine coastline, an 18-hole pitch-and-putt golf course, grilling and picnic areas, bathhouses, umbrella and chair rentals, playgrounds, surfing and fewer crowds, make Robert Moses State Park on the Western end of Fire Island a popular Long Island beach destination. You can actually drive a car there, unlike the Fire Island Eastern Seashore, but expect traffic over a single-lane causeway and an $8 parking fee.

For More Fun: The nearby Fire Island Lighthouse is a short walk from Robert Moses State Park - Field 5. It's open to the public daily and tower tours are available for a small fee.

Travel Time: 1 hour 30 minutes on LIRR from Penn Station.

Getting There: Take the LIRR from Penn Station to Babylon Station. Head downstairs to catch the S-47 Suffolk Bus, which will bring you to Robert Moses State Park Field 3 in about 20 minutes.

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-Ashly Grzyb