New York has some of the top rated beaches in the U.S., so grab your sunglasses and a towel, and dive into a world-class beach vacation this summer!
Along the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island Sound, enjoy the sun and surf at the expansive (and sometimes exclusive) Long Island Beaches. South Shore, it's The Hamptons, Southampton and Fire Island, or dig your toes into miles of fine white sand closer to New York City at Jones Beach. On your way to or from Montauk Point you could linger on public beaches near Amagansett or enjoy sunset cocktails and a beach stroll at Guerney's. North Shore beaches, which are usually a bit stony and smaller, are more secluded.
Check the Long Island surf report to see if waves are gentle enough for the kids or if you should bring your surfboard. Orchard Beach at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx (aka "The Riviera of New York") is popular, public, great for osprey-watching - with several ball courts too!
In the Adirondacks, Inlet Arrowhead Park has a sandy beach and accommodations with lakefront swimming - and there are many more lakes with beaches and swimming in the Adirondack region. Southwick State Beach in the 1000 Islands is a popular destination each summer.
Central New York's Green Lakes State Park boasts two glacial lakes, with swimming, boating, camping, an 18-hole golf course and more, nestled in verdant upland forest. Sandy Island Beach State Park, the only significant freshwater dune site in the northeastern US, is 17 miles of swimming, birding, boating and other natural delights. And, on eastern Oneida Lake, the Sylvan-Verona Beach resort area has sandy beaches, fantastic fishing, and a beautiful setting for a summer vacation at the lake, along with a kid's amusement park.
Nestled cozily on the picturesque shores of Lake Ontario, Newfane and Olcott Beach has a small town feel with friendly citizens and attractions for every person, couple and family.
Beaver Island State Park on the upper Niagara River has swimming, plus boating, fishing, nature center, championship golf course, horseshoe pits, playgrounds, picnic areas and more, so plan to stay a while! Farther south, Chautauqua County has several swimming and lakeshore pleasures. Enjoy a beach vacation at Lake Erie at Point Gratiot Park, Sunset Bay or Barcelona. A few miles inland, you'll find charming small towns and lakeshore pleasures on Lake Chautauqua, Findley Lake, Cassadaga Lake and Bemus Point.
It's summertime, and the swimmin' is easy - all over New York State!