Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk

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Encompassing more than 170 acres of sand, this family-friendly beach attracts New Yorkers from all five boroughs. Seven playgrounds keep kids happy while wave riders enjoy the city's only surfing areas. Fishing, skating, volleyball, sunning and, of course, swimming are also favorite activities. Rockaway Beach is also an excellent place to test your surfing prowess. If you're a novice, summer is the ideal time to start riding low waves, while more experienced boarders should savor hurricane season (September and October).

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Venue name: Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk
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Address: between Beach 9th and 149th Sts
Queens

Opening hours: Beach daily 6am–9pm; boardwalk daily 6am–10pm
Transport: Subway: Far Rockaway–bound A to Broad Channel, S to Rockaway Park–Beach 116th St
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tastemaker

I was completely mesmerized by the incredible waves this beach offers sunbathers. I have never seen such waves in the nearby New York area beaches. Separate and apart from the amazing ocean landscape I have to say that this is a huge dock that goes blocks out on both directions from the main food pavilion. Waiting lines are insane and bathroom access even though evenly scattered throughout the whole pier is time consuming and not always open to the public. I was pleased with my overall experience as we 1 enjoyed some small bites from the on site store 2 found it to be a clean and convenient summery destination and 3 Got to play while on the beach while going in the water from time to time. I loved the fact that the whole dock had been recently reconstructed after the storm hit the area devastating the pier. I loved the few beachy arrangements at the first section of the pier which give it an even more appealing look. The only true big disadvantage is parking capacity and the very few municipal parking areas designated to people visiting from further away sections of the tri-state area. You must be at this spot by 9.00 am at the latest to be able to comfortably park and fully enjoy your day at the beach. I may visit one day in the future.    

tastemaker

It is a real pain to get out to Rockaway Beach and honestly, I don't think it is quite there yet, but it definitely has potential. It is still a bit underdeveloped and shady in parts. We literally had a guy follow us for blocks screaming "Riddle me this, riddle me that," so not sure what that was all about. The beach itself is ok, and the boardwalk is... interesting. A lot of interesting, kind of hipstery characters. My favorite part of Rockaway was the Surf Bar. Very cool, chill place to hang out.. but probably not worth the trek. I would say going to Long Beach on Long Island is a better option. 


This beach is the perfect place to escape the city heat for the day. Just on southwest end of Queens, it's easy to get to (on the A). Rockaway's beaches are up to par with the Jersey Shore, but without the long trip and beach tag fees. After a perfect day lounging in the sun and floating in waves, we hit up Rippers, for sangria, fresh coconuts and tacos. This open air food court/bar/eating area is right on the boardwalk and plays live music. All in all Rockaway has a chill summer vibe and everything you need for a perfect day off. 


One of the most fun things to do in NYC during the summer. Lots of delish food vendors, music, booze and a seriously retro beach feel make Rockaway a weekly destination. So great to see it vibrant after getting wrecked during Sandy—go spend your money there and support them even more! (Make sure to walk down the boardwalk to Ripper's at the end of the day for some great fast food and adorable-hipster watching.)  


As long as you come prepared and ready to walk a little after parking a little further than some other beaches then you're all set -- great beach to take a quick bike ride too if you're in south brooklyn


Love Rockaway Beach! Sayra's Wine Bar, 91st street, Rockaway Beach Blvd is amazing! Great food and an amazing beer garden!


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