Summer officially begins when the urban beach bums set up their colorful chairs and umbrellas at Jones Beach. The main draws are the sandy beach and splashing around in the water, but there are plenty of other great things to do in the area when you're traveling with kiddos. The boardwalk boasts a variety of snack and entertainment options that the whole fam will love. Toddler alert: In 2018, a new splash pad opened for the tots who are too young for the waves.
NOTE: Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to open NYC beaches on July 1, 2020. Learn about the new rules and regulations for visits this season.
Pack the beach umbrella and slather on the SPF: It's summer, and a trip to one of the best beaches for kids in NYC and beyond guarantee a fun summer afternoon for the whole family.
The sand and the sea are the main draws, but the best beaches for kids in and around NYC have plenty of other activities and amenities the whole family will enjoy. The food concessions at the Rockaways are some of the best outdoor restaurants NYC families love, while the amusement parks and the New York Aquarium at Coney Island are not to be missed. Orchard Beach even has a pop-up drive-in that's one of the best drive-in theaters in and around New York!
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A trip to the beach is an important part of any NYC summer. After all, this is the time of the year to get outdoors and go tromping on the best hiking trails for NYC families, or cruising on one of the best kid-friendly bike trails in NYC. As every parent knows, the more active your kids are during the day, the deeper they'll sleep at night.