Best beaches in New York

Check out the top beaches in New York, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. State of New York- East River State Park
1. State of New York- East River State Park
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87 local reviews
90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
Closed now
+1 718-782-2731
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
April
A Brooklyn beach with the best view of the Manhattan skyline!! Plus the food truck klatch Smorgasburg operates…
Seth
"Hipster beach", it's called. This waterfront park offers incredible views of Manhattan that go on forever. A …
Victoria
Beach is a bit of a stretch, ok a big stretch. But there is a strip of sand that lines the water front, with e…
1. State of New York- East River State Park
1. State of New York- East River State Park
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87 local reviews
90 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn
Closed now
+1 718-782-2731
April
April
A Brooklyn beach with the best view of the Manhattan skyline!! Plus the food truck klatch Smorgasburg operates here in the summer. So fun an…
Seth
Seth
"Hipster beach", it's called. This waterfront park offers incredible views of Manhattan that go on forever. A must-visit.
Victoria
Victoria
Beach is a bit of a stretch, ok a big stretch. But there is a strip of sand that lines the water front, with excellent views of Manhattan.
2. Coney Island
2. Coney Island
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113 local reviews
Coney Island, New York
NeighborhoodPolitical
Kim
Coney Island claims it's the birthplace of the hotdog. It's a neighborhood on the southernmost point of Brookl…
JoAnne
Coney Island is Brooklyn history at it's most authentic. After you've had enough of quaint, tree-lined street…
Cynthia Cavaliere
You get a little bit of everything at this iconic Brooklyn spot - food (think Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs), games…
2. Coney Island
2. Coney Island
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113 local reviews
Coney Island, New York
Kim
Kim
Coney Island claims it's the birthplace of the hotdog. It's a neighborhood on the southernmost point of Brooklyn. They have an amusement are…
JoAnne
JoAnne
Coney Island is Brooklyn history at it's most authentic. After you've had enough of quaint, tree-lined streets & historic architecture of P…
Cynthia Cavaliere
Cynthia Cavaliere
You get a little bit of everything at this iconic Brooklyn spot - food (think Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs), games, amusement parks, the aquariu…
3. New York Aquarium
3. New York Aquarium
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21 local reviews
602 Surf Avenue
Closed now
+1 718-265-3474
AquariumPoint of interestEstablishment
Angus
Great displays of seahorses, sharts and jellyfish. Right on coney island boardwalk and close to Brighton Beach
O'Dell
This is a great place to take the children. It's also located in Coney Island and that means amusment park an…
Harry
Open every day and right at the Coney Island beach. Indoor and outdoor attractions. Take the F train in Brookl…
3. New York Aquarium
3. New York Aquarium
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21 local reviews
602 Surf Avenue
Closed now
+1 718-265-3474
Angus
Angus
Great displays of seahorses, sharts and jellyfish. Right on coney island boardwalk and close to Brighton Beach
O'Dell
O'Dell
This is a great place to take the children. It's also located in Coney Island and that means amusment park and beach.
Harry
Harry
Open every day and right at the Coney Island beach. Indoor and outdoor attractions. Take the F train in Brooklyn and you're only a block awa…
4. Brooklyn Bridge Park
4. Brooklyn Bridge Park
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166 local reviews
334 Furman St, New York
Open now
(718) 222-9939
Park
Renee
Brooklyn Bridge Park is amazing. To get there, take take a right out of 443 Hicks and walk to Congress Street…
Dawn
Basketball, soccer, beach volleyball, biking and running trails, the best playground, ice cream, public grills…
Christina
Converted from waterfront shipping warehouses, this park is urban reuse at its best. There is amazing landsca…
4. Brooklyn Bridge Park
4. Brooklyn Bridge Park
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166 local reviews
334 Furman St, New York
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(718) 222-9939
Renee
Renee
Brooklyn Bridge Park is amazing. To get there, take take a right out of 443 Hicks and walk to Congress Street. Take a left and walk to Colum…
Dawn
Dawn
Basketball, soccer, beach volleyball, biking and running trails, the best playground, ice cream, public grills, a rooftop pizza restaurant a…
Christina
Christina
Converted from waterfront shipping warehouses, this park is urban reuse at its best. There is amazing landscape design here with native flo…
5. Long Beach
5. Long Beach
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10 local reviews
Long Beach, Long Beach
LocalityPolitical
Natasha
Another one of south shore beaches adjacent to the Rockaways. More densely populated, then the Rockaways, with…
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2 mile boardwalk along the soft, sandy, family friendly beach, with a wide variety of day and night spots for …
Dalton
My favorite boardwalk. Summer time there's semi pro volley ball tournament, clean, well kept, well lit boardwa…
5. Long Beach
5. Long Beach
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10 local reviews
Long Beach, Long Beach
Natasha
Natasha
Another one of south shore beaches adjacent to the Rockaways. More densely populated, then the Rockaways, with more shopping and amusement f…
Cheryl&Chris Hosts w/ d'most!
Cheryl&Chris Hosts w/ d'most!
2 mile boardwalk along the soft, sandy, family friendly beach, with a wide variety of day and night spots for every level of celebration fro…
Dalton
Dalton
My favorite boardwalk. Summer time there's semi pro volley ball tournament, clean, well kept, well lit boardwalk shared by pedestrians, jogg…
6. Fort Tilden
6. Fort Tilden
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8 local reviews
Fort Tilden, Queens
+1 718-338-3799
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Chris
Great beach, usually less crowded than the other beaches, and a good place to swim and people watch.
Jeff
Wonderful beach which part of a national park, so the normal nyc and state rules do not apply. There is a shut…
Hope
My other favorite beach :) Abandoned army training base turned breezy, sand dune hidden beach. (walk far out t…
6. Fort Tilden
6. Fort Tilden
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8 local reviews
Fort Tilden, Queens
+1 718-338-3799
Chris
Chris
Great beach, usually less crowded than the other beaches, and a good place to swim and people watch.
Jeff
Jeff
Wonderful beach which part of a national park, so the normal nyc and state rules do not apply. There is a shuttle that goes directly there o…
Hope
Hope
My other favorite beach :) Abandoned army training base turned breezy, sand dune hidden beach. (walk far out toward breezy point to get away…
7. Jacob Riis Park
7. Jacob Riis Park
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16 local reviews
157 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Queens
Open now
+1 718-318-4310
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Rebeccah & Daniel
Beautiful public beach in Far Rockaway that you can get to with public transportation. White sand beaches, Ba…
Chris
This beautiful family-oriented beach has fully equipped bathrooms, showers and fast food court (if you like th…
Cynthia Cavaliere
Our family lives here on the weekends during the summer, and even days in September when summer just won't qui…
7. Jacob Riis Park
7. Jacob Riis Park
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16 local reviews
157 Rockaway Beach Boulevard, Queens
Open now
+1 718-318-4310
Rebeccah & Daniel
Rebeccah & Daniel
Beautiful public beach in Far Rockaway that you can get to with public transportation. White sand beaches, Bathrooms, a handful of pop-up e…
Chris
Chris
This beautiful family-oriented beach has fully equipped bathrooms, showers and fast food court (if you like that!), ball park, picnic, lots …
Cynthia Cavaliere
Cynthia Cavaliere
Our family lives here on the weekends during the summer, and even days in September when summer just won't quit. We love to spend our days h…
8. Prospect Park
8. Prospect Park
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564 local reviews
Brooklyn, New York
Open now
(718) 965-8951
Park
Nicole
Great for Picnics in the Summer and Fun after a snowy day in the winter. Bring a frisbee, a beach towel and a …
Marjorie
For landscape architects Frederick Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, Central Park in Manhattan was a practice project…
Adreinne
The biggest, most beautiful park in Brooklyn is 3 train stops away..
8. Prospect Park
8. Prospect Park
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564 local reviews
Brooklyn, New York
Open now
(718) 965-8951
Nicole
Nicole
Great for Picnics in the Summer and Fun after a snowy day in the winter. Bring a frisbee, a beach towel and a book and you'll be set for a n…
Marjorie
Marjorie
For landscape architects Frederick Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, Central Park in Manhattan was a practice project on the path to their masterpi…
Adreinne
Adreinne
The biggest, most beautiful park in Brooklyn is 3 train stops away..
9. Brighton Beach
9. Brighton Beach
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15 local reviews
615 Brighton Beach Avenue, New York
NeighborhoodPolitical
nicole
Beach in Russian / Eastern European neighborhood - good food to be found. More tame and more pleasant beach t…
Kim
One of my favorite beaches in the city. Located just down the boardwalk from Coney Island, a little more quiet…
Deborah
This is a nice beach in the borough of Brooklyn. There is a boardwalk that takes you all the way to Coney Isla…
9. Brighton Beach
9. Brighton Beach
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15 local reviews
615 Brighton Beach Avenue, New York
nicole
nicole
Beach in Russian / Eastern European neighborhood - good food to be found. More tame and more pleasant beach than Coney Island, though you c…
Kim
Kim
One of my favorite beaches in the city. Located just down the boardwalk from Coney Island, a little more quiet and less crowded. Lots of Rus…
Deborah
Deborah
This is a nice beach in the borough of Brooklyn. There is a boardwalk that takes you all the way to Coney Island.The Q train runs there. Now…
10. Surf Bar
10. Surf Bar
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12 local reviews
139 North 6th Street, New York
Closed now
+1 718-302-4441
RestaurantFoodPoint of interest
Jared
Surf & turf & tiki drinks. Feels like you've walked inside the hull of an old ship that beached itself in the …
Karolina
Awesome Beach/surf feel. There is literally sand throughout the whole place and surf boards above your head. …
Maxim
The atmosphere of a beach bar in the very heart of Williamsburg. You'd be surprised when you see their floors.
10. Surf Bar
10. Surf Bar
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12 local reviews
139 North 6th Street, New York
Closed now
+1 718-302-4441
Jared
Jared
Surf & turf & tiki drinks. Feels like you've walked inside the hull of an old ship that beached itself in the sand. Seriously, the floor is …
Karolina
Karolina
Awesome Beach/surf feel. There is literally sand throughout the whole place and surf boards above your head. MUST HAVE - Frozen mojito and …
Maxim
Maxim
The atmosphere of a beach bar in the very heart of Williamsburg. You'd be surprised when you see their floors.
11. Fort Wadsworth
11. Fort Wadsworth
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8 local reviews
Fort Wadsworth, New York
NeighborhoodPolitical
Jason
Civil War-era fort (part of the US National Park system) and modern military base beneath the Verrazano Narrow…
Natalie
National Gateway area, Fort, great views, beach walk, no cars bike path starts there
Jonathan
This former military base situated on The Narrows is now part of the National Parks Department. Visitor Cent…
11. Fort Wadsworth
11. Fort Wadsworth
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8 local reviews
Fort Wadsworth, New York
Jason
Jason
Civil War-era fort (part of the US National Park system) and modern military base beneath the Verrazano Narrows bridge. Amazing views and a …
Natalie
Natalie
National Gateway area, Fort, great views, beach walk, no cars bike path starts there
Jonathan
Jonathan
This former military base situated on The Narrows is now part of the National Parks Department. Visitor Center open Wednesday-Sunday, 10am…
12. Rockaway Beach
12. Rockaway Beach
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20 local reviews
Rockaway Beach, New York
(650) 738-7381
Beach
Natasha
Rockaway Beach is undergoing a revival after Sandy Hurricane in 2012. Major restoration of Boardwalk is almost…
Jungwon
Rockaway Beach has perhaps the most eclectic surf/beach scene in the country! Not exactly a "parks and nature"…
William
In the summer, beat the crowds of Coney Island and get some rays at New York's largest beach. Take the A train…
12. Rockaway Beach
12. Rockaway Beach
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20 local reviews
Rockaway Beach, New York
(650) 738-7381
Natasha
Natasha
Rockaway Beach is undergoing a revival after Sandy Hurricane in 2012. Major restoration of Boardwalk is almost complete and is scheduled to …
Jungwon
Jungwon
Rockaway Beach has perhaps the most eclectic surf/beach scene in the country! Not exactly a "parks and nature" getaway, but it's still the o…
William
William
In the summer, beat the crowds of Coney Island and get some rays at New York's largest beach. Take the A train to Broad Channel (or Rockaway…