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, 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.
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 accessible 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.
NEW: Swimmers with mobility impairments can take advantage of the new Water Wheel mobility aid enabling entry across the sand and into the water. The wheelchair is available for use at no charge on a first come, first serve basis. Please check with the lifeguards at the beach for availability.
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.
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No Pets Allowed
Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.
Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.
Join the Amateur Observers Society this Spring as we observe the stars and constellations.
Bring your telescopes or binoculars, and we'll uncover more about these diamonds in the
Come join us at Jones Beach State Park in celebrating the fifth annual I Love My Park Day! I Love My Park Day is an exciting statewide event to improve and enhance New York's parks and historic sites and bring visibility to the entire park system and its needs. Various volunteer projects will be available to choose from.
Project 1: Shore line clean up
Project 2: Install snow fence/Moby mats
Contact event coordinator Hank Leggio for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and parents with nature through short programs, walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5. Two sessions will be held: 10:30-11:30 and 1:30-2:30
Come take a sunset stroll along the bay as we search for a prehistoric-looking
visitor to our beaches: the horseshoe crab. We will observe these unique creatures as they
come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. Water shoes required!
It's that time of the year again! Birds are migrating along our shores, heading back from
their wintering grounds. Let's hope for a good wind and take a walk around the West End
of Jones Beach to see how many different species we can spot.