Sunken Meadow State Park
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith) is a north shore beach in western Suffolk in Kings Park, NY. The beach is 3 miles long and has a 3/4 mile long boardwalk with a little restaurant at the center.
When you visit this beach and park, you will soak up the fun atmosphere - especially on Wednesday evenings when there is live music on the boardwalk. The restaurant offers a lobster dinner and also hamburgers, pizza, ice cream and ices.
The park serves as the entrance to the Sunken Meadow Parkway, which is a 6.19 mile long highway, which turns into the Sagtikos Parkway.
The boardwalk is wide and well maintained with a beautiful view of the Long Island Sound. The water is calm - this is a great place for little kids to walk up to their knees in the water. They don't have to worry about being knocked over by a little wave. You can read my review of Sunken Meadow beach at beach-therapy.com.
Sunken Meadow Beach, in the town of Smithtown, has a 27 hole golf course, which is open year round. The golf course club house opens one hour before tee time, which is just before sunrise from mid March to November. The winter hours are from 9am - 3am daily and runs from the end of November to March.
The beach is easily accessible to the local community of Kings Park and surrounding towns in Smithtown, including Commack, Fort Salonga, Hauppauge, Lake Ronkonkoma, Nesconset, Nissequogue and St. James.
Bike riders are allowed on the boardwalk before 9am weekdays during the peak season - mid May through September. Bicyclers are allowed to ride anywhere else in the park at any time.
There are beautiful nature trails to hike in and areas for horseback riding on the bridle trail.
Sunken Meadow hosts events throughout the summer season. The Long Island Summer Run Series - 10K run is scheduled for Monday, June 20, 2011 at 07:00 PM.
At this beach you can enjoy the following activities:
- Bridle Path
- Nature Trails
- Picnic Table
- Playing Fields
- Recreation Programs
- X-Country Skiing
State parks generaly charge a fee for entrance, however you can buy a season's pass for entrance to most state parks for $65.00. This is called the Empire Passport. With this you will have access to the many beautiful state parks Long Island has to offer.
To park your car at Sunken Meadow the fees are as follows:
April 2nd - May 27
$8.00 from 8am to 4pm on weekends and holidays only
May 28th - Sept. 11th
$10.00 from 7am to 6pm on weekends and holidays$10.00 from 8am to 4pm weekdays only
Sept.17 - Nov. 13
$8.00 fee from 8am to 4pm on weekends and holidays only
For more information on Sunken Meadow State park, call (631) 269-4333 or (631) 269-5351.
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