Yes. Queens has some pretty great beaches for families that are not crowded and totally free! If you are not one of the many families who will be sitting in traffic weekend after weekend this summer then going to a local beach will benefit your sanity and your bank account. Read on for ways to enjoy Rockaway and other beaches in Queens NY.
Rockaway is set up in to streets all with the name “beach” in front of them and they all head toward the water. The nice stretch of beach and boardwalk is from the Skate Park at Beach 95th street to the end of
the boardwalk around Beach 117th street. At Beach 116th street there are some great little shops like The Blue Bungalow and the Rockaway Surf Shop which sells Roxy Clothing and cute sun dresses and a couple of pizza joints. Although
Rockaway is slightly run down, the public bathrooms are super clean, the beach is nice and there is a lot of space to hang out with your kids. If you are looking for some more secluded beach time then head further down to Beach 125th street and beyond.
There is public access on every block and you would swear that you were in Montauk. Our idea of fun in Rockaway Beach would be to grab a sandwich at the Last Stop Gourmet on Beach 116th St and walk a few blocks to the water. When you are finally done with the water wander in to The Blue Bungalow where you will find some cute beachie trinkets and an upstairs kids boutique .
165 Beach 116th Street, Rockaway Beach, New York 11694
The Rockaway Surf Shop
177 Beach 116TH St , Far Rockaway, NY 11694
This beach has a beautiful Art Deco bathhouse has been recently restored and is now home to a variety of park ranger led programs and historic exhibits. The bathhouse is an architectural landmark and a great place to cool off and learn about the history of the beach and the park’s summer events. The beach stretches for a mile along the coast and we like it because there is plenty of parking.
This is the furthest point in the Rockaways and also the most secluded. If you truly do not want to be bothered by crowds and other beach going folk then head to BP for some R&R. Breezy Point offers the perfect destination for scenic walks on the pristine beaches, against a backdrop of distant Manhattan vistas. The coast here is also popular with fishermen from the tri-state area, who flock to its beaches to catch striped bass, blue fish and summer flounder.
How the Heck do I get to Rockaway?
By Ferry: I am not going to bore you with the painful bus and subway directions but we will say that there is a ferry that offers service to Riis Landing. NY Water Taxi offers weekday and weekend service from Wall Street, Pier 11 and Brooklyn Army Terminal to Riis Landing.
By Car: Google Maps can direct you to the specifics but you will end up taking an exit off of the Belt Parkway and traveling toward the water.
Closest beach to eastern Queens and for anyone without a car
Sometimes it is just easier to leave Queens then to try and navigate it without a car. If driving just isn’t your thing or you are looking for an easy train ride to the nearest beach then head to:
Anyone who lives close to the LIRR can travel to Long Beach and once you are there the beach is a 10
minute walk away. Starbucks, shops, restaurants are all located on Broadway which is right by the train so all you need is your kids to have a good time. Just get on the train and go. Once you are there you can pick up fresh fruit and snacks at the local store just off the train. Seeing that this is not a NYC beach, there is a charge to get on to the beach of $12 per adult (over 13).
For more info on getting to Long Beach click here.