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Guide to Rockaway Beach, NY

Head to Rockaway Beach, New York’s summertime spot for sun and surf.

Written by
Jillian Anthony

When it comes to things to do outside, NYC has no shortage of options, from beautiful parks and rooftop bars to outdoor restaurants and buzzy beer gardens. But one of the best things to do in the summer in NYC (or any time of year, really) is to head out to Rockaway Beach. It’s an easy day trip, just take the train, shuttle bus or ferry to these sandy shores in Queens for a real treat that seems a world away from the city.

Rockaway Beach is one of the best NYC beaches for many reasons. Aside from the sand and surf, you can find great shops (from vintage to surf gear and more), affordable food trucks, outdoor bars and even some of the best tacos in the city. You can take surf lessons and catch some waves or just chill out and soak up the sun. Grab your beach gear, don’t forget the sunscreen and head out to Queens for an awesome beach day at Rockaway.

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Where is Rockaway Beach, NY?

Rockaway Beach—one of New York's finest and most fun beach towns—is located on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, NY.

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How do I get to Rockaway Beach, NY?

A trip to Rockaway Beach is a key element for having the best summer ever in New York. It takes some planning, but there are several ways you can travel to Rockaway Beach. Apart from the most popular method (begging your only friend in New York with a car to drive), you can take the A train which stops at Beach 67th St, Beach 90th St and so on. You can also utilize NYC’s ferry system. For a no-fuss and extra fun trip to the beach, book a roundtrip ticket ($39.95) through the OvR Rockaway Beach Bus which runs every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Your trip includes pick-up and drop-off service, free refreshments (the cold, delicious beverage kind) and exclusive deals at partnering businesses in Rockaway, Riis Park, Williamsburg, Bushwick and the Lower East Side.

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