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Rockaway Beach, NY guide

Hit the sand without having to go too far by taking a trip to Rockaway Beach—NY’s most budget-friendly attraction

Summer in NYC would not be complete without a trip to Rockaway Beach, NY! There are plenty of awesome things to do in the summer, including tons of free things to do in NYC, so if you’re looking for an amazing time without spending a dime, Rockaway Beach, NY is not only free, but is filled with a wide-variety affordable food trucks and budget-friendly entertainment. There's a reason we rank this ’hood as one of the best day trips from NYC, and no summer would be complete without exploring one of the best New York beaches.

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Where is Rockaway Beach, NY?

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

How do I get to Rockaway Beach, NY?

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 also reserve a seat ($10, $14 roundtrip) on the lively NYC Beach Bus. You can also take NYC’s new ferry system (a one-way ticket runs you just $2.75) or make the trek via subway. The A train stops at Beach 67th St.

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The best restaurants and bars in the Rockaways
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The best restaurants and bars in the Rockaways

Celebrate summer at the best restaurants and bars in the Rockaways, from a famous taco spot to an outdoor food hall

The best things to do at Rockaway Beach
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The best things to do at Rockaway Beach

Searching for a hoppin’ beach town with awesome (and affordable) things to do? Rockaway Beach is the perfect choice!

The best things to do at Riis Park Beach Bazaar
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The best things to do at Riis Park Beach Bazaar

Don’t be a beached whale all summer—Riis Park Beach Bazaar has plenty of cool things to do on and off the boardwalk

The best shops at Rockaway Beach
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The best shops at Rockaway Beach

Whether you’re looking for vintage or novelty styles, Rockaway Beach is really upping its retail game

The best Rockaway Beach attractions
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The best Rockaway Beach attractions

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The perfect itinerary for a day at Rockaway Beach
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The perfect itinerary for a day at Rockaway Beach

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Six amazing Airbnbs that you can rent in the Rockaways
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Six amazing Airbnbs that you can rent in the Rockaways

Consider booking one of these amazing Airbnbs for a beachy staycation

The best hidden gems at Rockaway Beach from a local expert
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The best hidden gems at Rockaway Beach from a local expert

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The Rockaway Beach boardwalk has finally been rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy
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The Rockaway Beach boardwalk has finally been rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy

Nearly five years after Hurricane Sandy tore up miles of the seaside boardwalk in Queens, it’s back

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Here's a summery sneak peek of Rockaway Taco offshoot Tacoway Beach

Here's a summery sneak peek of Rockaway Taco offshoot Tacoway Beach

So long, Brooklyn Night Bazaar; hello, Riis Park Beach Bazaar!

So long, Brooklyn Night Bazaar; hello, Riis Park Beach Bazaar!

Public art rocks Rockaway Beach this summer
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Public art rocks Rockaway Beach this summer

The Palms opens in Rockaway tonight

The Palms opens in Rockaway tonight

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