Jacob Riis Park Beach

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Jacob Riis Park Beach
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Jacob Riis Park

If you need to escape the city scene, venture to this sandy spot, which is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. One tip: Bring your own food, since the concession stands aren't always open and there are few restaurants close by.


Venue name: Jacob Riis Park Beach
Address: 157 Rockaway Beach Blvd
Opening hours: Daily 9am–5pm; lifeguards on duty 10am–6pm Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend
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Adreanna M

Awesome place to go to the beach! The food stands are great! I tried a veggie skewer from Sameza and it was delicious. There are also pop up stores along the strip that sell cute beach clothes and jewelry. It was quite the treck to get there though.

Carla S

The second the weather even approaches warm, I hop over to Jacob Riis for a day at the beach. If you have a car, it's easy-peasy to get there, but even if you don't, you can take the bus. (Or bike it if you're brave.) Not a scene at all, it's the greatest place to spend a low-key day on the sand with lots of other New Yorkers. It also doesn't get nearly as crowded as Rockaway.