A fun, budget-friendly way to spend time with your family this summer is by taking day trips. There are a lot of great places to visit and explore that are under an hour away from Queens. Long Beach is one of those places.
Long Beach is known as the “City by the Sea,” and is located in Nassau County. Originally, it was an island resort in the late 19th century. For years it was, and still is, a haven for entertainers and performers. Actor and comedian Billy Crystal, for example, is a Long Beach native.
Naturally, when you think of Long Beach, the first thing that comes to mind is, well, the beach. And their beaches do not disappoint. Clean and not very crowded, you too can access the beaches by purchasing beach passes. There are season passes available, but there are also daily passes. Tickets for adults and kids over 13 are $12. You can purchase daily passes on the boardwalk at Neptune Blvd., Franklin Blvd., Lincoln Blvd., Monroe Blvd., Edwards Blvd. Ramp, Lafayette Blvd., New York Avenue, and beach entrances on Pacific Blvd., Long Beach Blvd., Edwards Blvd., and National Blvd. If you’re heading out on the LIRR, you can also purchase round trip tickets that include beach admission. From Penn Station, Brooklyn, and Woodside, those tickets are $21. From Jamaica Station, tickets are $18. But the beach is definitely not the only reason to visit Long Beach.
Aside from the many great restaurants, Long Beach also has a ton of events going on for your family, like their free summer concert series. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, you can enjoy a different band or performer, now through to September 1st. For a complete line up, click here.
Long Beach also has an indoor swimming pool located at the Recreation Center. Admission is $7 for adults, and $3 for kids. The summer hours for the pool are:
Mondays – 1:30pm – 3:30pm; 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Wednesdays – 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Thursdays – 1:30pm – 3:30pm; 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Fridays – 9am – 12pm; 1:30pm – 3:30pm; 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays – 9am – 12pm
Summer hours are in effect until August 17th.
Long Beach is also a haven for surfers. They’re hosting a surfing competition this summer. For more information, click here.
Fishing more your style? Head over to the municipal fishing pier on Magnolia Blvd. You can enjoy a day of fishing while gazing at the beautiful, while distant, Manhattan skyline.
The best way to see just what Long Beach has to offer is by visiting yourself!
If you’re looking for more fun things to do or see on Long Island, be sure to check out our Long Island Mamas site!
More pictures from Long Beach: