The beach is my family’s most happy place during the summer months. And any chance we get to head to the beach, I take full opportunity! Some of the best beaches in NYC to escape to involve a waterway ferry boat to get there. So whether you’re planning weekend getaways or looking for ways to cool off, these beaches in New York are a quick subway, ferry or bus trip away.
The Best Beaches in NYC – Rockaways
The Rockaway’s has long been known as the surf destination for NYC dwellers. Its perfect waves has always allowed the area to be a surfers haven. But since superstorm Sandy The Rockaways have re-built their 5.5 mile stretch of sandy beaches and families across the area are spending their sunny days beachside! Jacob Riis Beach is one of its most popular beaches for families. The Rockaways aren’t short of local fare or summer cocktails, with tons of restaurant’s and bars you’re bound to leave with a full belly. Grab a lobster roll from the very popular Lobster Joint or unwind from the sun at Connolly’s for their famous piña colada’s.
How To Get there: New York Waterway’s runs a ferry from Wall Street to Rockaway Beach! The ride alone is worth every minute. This hour ferry rides passes the Statue Of Liberty, Governors Island, rides under the Verrazano Bridge, passes Coney Island and the Marine Parkway Bridge! Be sure to snag a seat on the top deck to take it all in!
If you’re looking for the ultimate family beach day, look no further than the boardwalk at Coney Island. The famous Luna Park at Coney Island has rides for children of all ages. With the beach adjacent to all the rides it truly provides a full day of seaside fun. Don’t forget a Nathan’s famous hotdog and a boardwalk soft serve!
How To Get There: Take the D, N, F or Q to the Brighton Beach station and walk about two minutes to the shore.
Long Beach is definitely one of our personal family favorite beaches in the NYC area. We recently spent a beach day at Atlantic Beach to officiate our first summer weekend off from school. The ocean has just the ride amount of waves so the kids can boogie board without making me nervous. Gemma is determined to catch her first wave this year. We love stopping into Beach Burger for a seaside burger or their super yummy “Mermaid Cone”.
How To Get There: Take the train from Penn Station or Atlantic Terminal to Long Beach Station; the beach is a short walk from the train.
Just over the New York state line via the Atlantic are the beaches of Sandy Hook. This Jersey coastline is accessible by ferry, making it a really fun commute. Whenever we have to take a ferry as a oppose to the subway my kids get silly excited! Sandy Hook is the perfect “escape” without actually “escaping”. It feels like you’ve been on a weekend away when really you can easily be home for dinner without the shuffle of trains and transfers. There are tons of restaurant options along the coastline allowing there to be something for everyone.
How To Get There: Get to Pier 11 or East 35th Street and let the Seastreak Ferry do the rest.
The Best Beaches in NYC – Orchard Beach
Located on the East shores of the Bronx is Orchard Beach. Orchard Beach is a huge oceanside destination for families who live just north of the city. What use to be called “The Riviera of New York City”, Orchard beach sits on the Long Island sounds and offers shops, dining, and a gorgeous newly build promenade.
How To Get To: Take the 6 train to Pelham Bay Park and hop on a Bx29 bus to City Island Avenue. The beach is a quick walk from where you are dropped off.
(This article was originally published July 2019)