Jacob Riis Park Beach

Photograph: William Lamson
Jacob Riis Park
The Rockaways Free
If you need to escape the city scene, venture to this sandy spot, which is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. "We're a pretty laid-back beach," one lifeguard tells us. "We have a very eclectic crowd here—all shapes, sizes and ethnicities." One tip: Bring your own food, since the concession stands aren't always open and there aren't restaurants close by.
Venue name: Jacob Riis Park Beach
Address: Rockaway Beach Blvd

Cross street: at Channel Dr
Opening hours: Daily 9am–5pm
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