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Jones Beach State Park

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Address
2400 Ocean Parkway
Wantagh, NY 11793
Latitude 40.596010848399999
Longitude -73.516427318500007

Photo Album: Celebrating Jones Beach State Park through the years

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 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, get a bite to eat at one of the many concession stands, visit the Boardwalk Cafe, Dine-in a the Gatsby on the Ocean Restaurant, Enjoy the WildPlay Adventure Park, play miniature golf, shuffleboard, basketball, corn hole, paddle tennis, table tennis and pickleball, attend concerts at Northwell Health Theatre  (516-221-1000). Other activities that take place in the park include learning about the marine environment at the NEW  Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center, pool swimming, sunbathing, bicycling, surfing, and visiting the playgrounds.

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 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, 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.  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. 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.

For information on the Jones Beach State Park's Revitalization Plan: See the press release and the draft conceptual proposal

 

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

 

NO Pets Allowed

Pet Policy: No pets allowed

Hours of Operation

  • Central Mall & Zach's Bay Playground: Year round, sunrise-sunset.
  • Extended Lifeguard Hours for the 2021 Season: 
    • Field 6 daily until September 21th 
    • Field 2 weekends only (September 13&14 and September 20&21th) 
    • Central Mall daily until September 21th 
    • West Bathhouse Ocean weekends only (September 13&14 and September 20&21th)
  • Ocean Swimming: 

    • Beginning Friday, May 23, 2021, oceanfront swimming (Field 1, Field 2, West Bathhouse, Central Mall, East Bathhouse, and Field 6) hours will be 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Zach's Bay Beach Swimming hours will be 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

  • Paddle Ball, Shuffleboard, Bocce Ball, Corn Hole, Table Tennis, Pickle Ball, & Volleyball:

    • 7/4-9/8: 10 am-11 pm, daily
    • 9/8-10/13: 10 am- 4 pm Sat, Sun, & Holidays

  • West Bathhouse Pool:

    • 7/3-8/2:
    • 10 am-6 pm, M-F
    • 9 am-8 pm Sat, Sun, & Holidays


    • 8/3-9/7:
    • 10 am-6 pm, M-F
    • 10 am-7 pm Sat, Sun, & Holidays

  • Miniature Golf: 
    • 7/4-9/8: 10 am-11 pm*, daily
    • 9/8-10/13: 10 am- 4 pm* Sat, Sun, & Holidays
      • *Last tee off time
  • West End Marina: 1/1 - 12/31, sunrise - sunset, daily.
    West End Marina Boat Docking: 6/23 - 9/3: Sat, Sun & Hol.; Transient Berthing: Sunrise - sunset.
  • Fishing at West End Boat Basin (Field #6, Field #10 and West End 2): 4/1-12/31.
    Permit needed for night fishing and fishing access to Green Island and the Work Docks. 
  • Nature Center:

    • At West End 1-**The Nature Center is closed due to building renovations. For programming information and locations please Call 516-780-3295**
    • 1/1 - 5/23: 10am - 4 pm, weekends & holidays;
    • 5/23 - 9/3: Wed.-Sun, Hol. 10 am - 4 pm.
    • 9/8- 12/31: 10am - 4 pm, weekends & holidays;
      • *Closed Mon. and Tues. except for special permit request.

  • Biking on Boardwalk: Year Round. Free.

Fees & Rates

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.

  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • $8 per car (4/3 - 5/31) & (9/6 - 11/7)*
    *Increases to $10 when beach is open (5/31 - 9/6/21)

    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only) $35
    Commercial Buses $75
    Bus permits issued through Babylon Permit Office only. Bus permits not sold at Jones Beach.

    Fees Collected:

    4/3- 5/231 Weekends Only, 8am-4pm
    5/31 - 8/3: Mon-Fri, 8am - 4pm, Weekends & Holidays, 6am - 6pm
    8/4 - 9/6: Mon-Fri, 8am - 4pm, Weekends & Holidays, 7am - 6pm
    9/6 - 9/10: Daily, 8am - 4pm
    9/11 - 11/7: Weekends & Holidays, 8am - 4pm


  • Boat Docking
  • $10 per day
  • Rentals
  • Lounge Chair Rentals:  
    $10 Rental/$10 Deposit

    Umbrella Rentals:
    $15 fee 

    Volleyball Court Rental
    $15
  • Permits
  • 4 Wheel Drive Night Sport Fishing Permit:
    NYS Driver's License $80
    Out of State Driver's License $125

    Metal Detecting:
    By permit only $40

    Night Sport Fishing Permit:
    NYS Driver's License $35
    Out of State Driver's License $60
    7 Day Sport Fishing Permit $25

    Regional Diving Permit:
    NYS Driver's License $80
    Out of State Driver's License $125

    Star Gazing Permit:
    NYS Driver's License $35
    Out of State Driver's License $60
  • Activities
  • Bocce Ball, Corn Hole, Table Tennis
    Bocce: 1 hour court minimum $10
    Corn Hole & Table Tennis: 1 hour court minimum $5

    Miniature Golf:
    $7 Adults (13+)
    $3 Child (5-12)

    Nature Center:
    $4 per person
    Group Program Fee: $4 per person/$25 minimum.

    Shuffleboard:
    $8 - Playing fee per person (per 1 hour per court)

    Paddle Tennis and New Pickleball:
    $6 - playing fee per person (per 1 hour per court) 

  • West Bathhouse Pool
  • $5/adult
    $3/Seniors (62) M-F
    $5/Seniors SSH
    $3/child

    Children under 5: free

    West Bathhouse Pool Locker Rentals:
    $5 rental

Realtime Parking Assistant

Saturday, April 17 2021

Jones Beach View Park Map

Current Parking Availablity

Parking Lot % Full Last Updated On

Current Traffic Report: Moderate to Heavy

Please watch for signs that will help direct you to the quickest route to the park.

Sat 01 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 1, 2021 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park

Meeting Location: WEST BATH HOUSE

Special instructions: VOLUNTEERS WILL PARK ON THE WEST SIDE OF FIELD 4, AND USE THE UNDERPASS TO MEET ON THE EAST PATIO OF THE WEST BATHHOUSE

Start time: 9:00 AM
End time: 12:00 PM
All ages welcome

Project: INSTALLATION OF SNOW FENCE ON THE BEACH BEACH CLEANUP Bring garden gloves.

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Registration: Required

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Marina
  • Nature Center
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Surfing/Windsurfing
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Swimming Pool (Accessible)
  • Visitor Center (Accessible)