Jones Beach State Park

Jones Beach State Park

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Jones Beach State Park

New York

(516) 785-1600

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Overview

World famous Jones Beach State Park, home of 6.5 miles of beautiful white-sand beach on the Atlantic Ocean, is made up of more than 2,400-acres of maritime environment on the south shore of Long Island. Among the 6 to 8 million visitors to the park each year, families enjoy their own piece of the beach for a day, with many returning dozens of times through the summer. Designed on the theme of an ocean liner, Jones Beach offers many activities to those who visit the park. They swim in the ocean, stroll the boardwalk, fish, visit an historic exhibit, get a bite to eat at one of the many concession stands, play miniature golf, pitch-putt golf, shuffleboard and basketball, attend concerts at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater or learn about the marine environment at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center. Other activities that take place in the park include pool swimming, sunbathing, bicycling, surfing, and visiting the playgrounds.

*Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center Summer Programs & Events

*2014 Summer Run Series Registration Information

The park's oceanfront setting and natural environment have little development or advertising, creating a refreshing break from the hectic pace of life of Long Island and the metropolitan area. Less than 20 miles from New York City, Jones Beach is a playground for millions of people who live nearby.

The park is host to a number of popular programs, most notably the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach every Memorial Day weekend, concerts at the theater, band shell entertainment, softball and volleyball league tournaments, and nature center programs. The Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center caters to daily visitors and organized groups covering topics from endangered species to maritime habitats.

Jones Beach State Park and Jones Island which stretches east of the park were the creation of master builder Robert Moses in the 1920s. By dredging sand from what is now the State Boat Channel, Moses raised the elevation of the barrier islands by fourteen feet, connecting several small islands into one long stretch topped by Ocean Parkway. Moses created a great "people's park" from what he described as mosquito infested swamps and small islands.

Today, parking fields 3, 4 and 5 are connected to the beachfront by tunnels under Ocean Parkway, providing easy access to the thousands of people who arrive daily. Parking fields 2 and 6 are Oceanfront parking areas with handicapped parking. Mobility mats over the sand down to the high tide line are located at field 6 and the Central Mall. At field 10, fishing piers and a fully equipped bait and tackle shop enable fishing and crabbing until sunset. The regional Night Fishing Permit is required after sunset. The park closes at midnight during the summer months with the beachfront closing at sunset. Swimming is allowed only when lifeguards are on duty. Surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding, and wind surfing are allowed at several locations along the beachfront. Kayaks and sailboards can be put in at field 10 or the boat basin along the north shore of Jones Beach. The boat basin on the west end of the park allows boaters day use of the park throughout the boating season.

Visitors who are fond of swimming in the Ocean can do so at several locations staffed by the Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps. Zach's Bay provides a more calm-water swimming experience for small children; also watched over by able lifeguards. Swimmers with mobility impairments can take advantage of the new Water Wheel mobility aid enabling entry across the sand and into the water.

Birders and those seeking a quieter experience can watch for sea birds, such as Oystercatchers, Terns, Skimmers, Northern Harrier Hawks, Plovers, Brants, Gulls, and many more. Children can collect shells along the seashore and often encounter large horseshoe crabs. A pleasant pastime is a long, leisurely walk on the beach to the east or west of the central part of the park, where few other people will be encountered.

 

 

Map of Jones Beach (NY)

Latitude, Longitude: 40.594460, -73.510401

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Activities

  • Boating

    West End Marina is open year round, sunrise to sunset, daily. West End Marina boat docking (and transient berthing) is available starting in the end of June until Labor Day on weekends and holidays, sunrise to sunset.

  • Bicycling

    Biking is permitted on the Boardwalk from the beginning of October until the end of April.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is at West End Boat Basin starting in early April until the end of December. A permit is needed for night fishing.

  • Golfing

    Miniature golf course is open from early April until mid-October. Pitch putt is open daily from early May until Labor day then on weekends and holidays until the end of November.

  • Historic Sites

    A half a mile north of the beach, overlooking Zach's Bay, is the 15,200 seat Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. This outdoor amphitheatre opened in 1952 and hosts numerous world famous musicians during the summer months. It is directly across the street from the ocean and is outdoors in an open natural environment. The park is also home to the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, which includes environmental displays about the seashore, educational tours and programming for all ages.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables and playgrounds are available for use. Paddle ball and shuffleboard tables are open during the summer months.

  • Water Sports

    The park is renowned for its great beaches, 10 mi in length, facing the open Atlantic Ocean and furnishes one of the most popular summer recreational locations for the New York metropolitan area.

Seasonality/Weather

For information about local area weather, please visit: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/11793.

Directions

Driving

33 miles from Manhattan via Meadowbrook Parkway South and Wantagh Parkway south to the Park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(516) 785-1600

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