Jones Beach Long Island
Jones Beach Long Island, is great beach for surfing, swimming and tanning. On a hot summer day, you will find the area crowded with families and sunbathers. Jones Beach, part of Jones Beach State Park is a popular destination for New Yorkers and is the most visited beach on the east coast.
The beach is located in in Wantagh, NY, in Nassau County. It is actually on Jones Beach Island - a barrier island along the south shore. You can reach the beach through several parkways: Wantagh Parkway, Meadowbrook Parkway, and Ocean Parkway.
The beach has a 2 mile boardwalk, 6 and 1/2 miles of beaches, and two swimming pools. The west end of Jones Beach is great for fishing. The east bathhouse has a collection of pictures displaying the development of the state park and parkway systems.
The state park is available for certain events, but you do need to apply for a park permit ahead of time. Some of the events, necessary for permits are walk-a-thons, running races, taking wedding photos, and ceremonies.
Every Memorial Day, you can see fighter jets do tricks and dips over the Atlantic Ocean at the Jones Beach Air Show.
The fee to get into Jones Beach is $8.00 per car, but when the beach is open it is $10.00.
You can also get a season's pass (Empire's Pass) for $65.00 for unlimited vehicle entry into most of the NYS parks.
Amenities on the beach
- Museum/Visitor's area
- Picnic tables
- Recreation Programs
No pets allowed
The official address is 2400 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793.
You can take the LIRR to the Freeport Station, on the Babylon Branch, and then take a bus to Jones Beach.
Driving from the NYC burroughs:
Take the Grand Central Parkway or Long Island Expressway Eastbound to Northern State Parkway East. Take the Northern State to Wantagh Parkway South to Jones Beach State Park.
From Eastern Long Island:
Take the Northern State Parkway west or Southern State Parkway West to Wantagh State Parkway to Jones Beach.
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