Update 9/14/23- Beach Swimming Suspended
Beach swimming is currently suspended due to rough surf conditions.
NOTICE: Please be aware that abandoning or feeding cats within this park is strictly prohibited. Violators face serious penalties.
Notice: No Pets Allowed All Year Round
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, July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, concerts at the theater, band shell entertainment, softball and volleyball league tournaments, and nature center programs. The Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center explores the relationships between human beings, energy systems, and environmental stewardship. Located on the West End of Long Island's iconic Jones Beach State Park, the Center offers permanent and rotating exhibits, public programs, and educational resources to help visitors understand and appreciate the coastal environment.
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 1, 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, Zach's Bay, Central Mall, West bathhouse, and Field 2. 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 Central Mall Area of 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 along the north shore of Jones Beach. The boat basin in the west end area of the park allows boaters day use of the park throughout the boating season.
Those who wish to ride their bikes may do so year-round on our boardwalk. Glide along the beach on Long Island's premier bike path, which begins at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford. From there it's a 5.4 mile ride to Jones Beach's East Bathhouse on the Boardwalk. There you can either lock up your bike for a stroll, or keep cycling to the food concessions. Or stay on the extension on the north side of Ocean Parkway to pedal another 3.6 miles to Tobay Beach where there are more restaurant and a playground. You can also continue along the path 9.4 miles to Captree State Park. Restrooms are available on the bikeway at mileage 5.4 to 9. If you choose to stay the path of the 2 mile long boardwalk, the new multi-use path extends from the boardwalk at Field 1 to the West End area of the park for an additional 2.3 miles.
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.
Wild Play Adventure Course: This new adventure course offers zip lines, aerial adventures, and a 40 ft jump. For hours and pricing visit https://wildplay.com/jones-beach/ or call: 1-800-668-7771
Swimmers with mobility impairments can take advantage of the Beach Wheel Chairs enabling entry across the sand and into the water (at Zach's Bay only). The wheelchair is available for use at no charge on a first come, first serve basis. Please check with the lifeguards or Umbrella Shack Attendants 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.
For information on the Jones Beach State Park's Revitalization Plan: See the draft conceptual proposal.
Current Water Quality - Beach Results
NO Pets Allowed
Pet Policy: No pets allowed
Parking Field 1: 6/24-9/4
6/24-8/13: 10am-8pm Sat, Sun, & Holidays
8/14-9/4: 10am-7pm Sat, Sun, & Holidays
Parking Field 2: 5/27-8/4
5/26-6/23: 10am-6pm Sat, Sun, & Holidays
6/24-8/13: 9am-7pm Mon-Fri, 9am-8pm Sat, Sun, & Holidays
8/14-9/4: 9am-7pm Daily
9/9-9/17: 9am-6pm Sat, Sun, & Holidays
Paddle Ball, Shuffleboard, Bocce Ball, Corn Hole, Table Tennis, Pickle Ball, & Volleyball:
West Bathhouse Pool:
Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center:
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.
The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.
Bocce Ball, Corn Hole, Table Tennis (East Games):
Bocce: $10 playing fee per person (per hour, per court)
Corn Hole & Table Tennis: $5 playing fee per person (per hour, per court)
Adults (13+): $7 per person
Children (5-12): $3 per person
Children under 5: Free
Shuffleboard (East & West Games):
$8 - Playing fee per person (per hour, per court)
Paddle Tennis and Pickleball (West Games):
$6 - playing fee per person (per hour, per court)
EAST AND WEST GAMES: Pay one Price: one day $40 for 4 people (excludes volleyball)
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