Summer is officially here, and that means it’s time to hit the beach! And New York has some amazing ones, from the sandy coast of Long Island to the serene lakesides of the Adirondacks, and the seemingly endless horizon of Lake Ontario. (Fun fact: New York is the only state with coastlines on an ocean as well as the Great Lakes.) Check out some of some of New York’s most stunningly Instagram-worthy waterfronts below, then grab some sunblock, a beach towel, and your camera. and get yourself (and your whole crew) to a New York beach. Summer will be over before you know it.
Located on the shores of Lake Oneida in Central New York, Sylvan Beach is a summer paradise that offers fishing, boating and various other forms of waterside frolicking - plus some of the most stunning sunsets you'll ever see. Kids will love the nearby amusement park, zoo and plentiful ice cream options.
This Southampton beauty recently appeared on Dr. Beach’s Top Ten beaches in the U.S. – and it’s easy to see why. One glance at the pristine white sand and endless views of the Atlantic, and it’s clear why the Hamptons are one of America’s most beloved summer communities.
Fire Island National Seashore
Although it’s just a couple of hours from New York City, this (mostly) car-free barrier island off the coast of Suffolk County feels worlds away from the city’s bustle. In addition to its expansive beaches, Fire Island is home to a maritime forest and the historic Fire Island Lighthouse.
You’ll find this popular beach in north Rochester on the shores of Lake Ontario. It’s a perfect choice for anyone who thinks a day at the beach is “boring.” It offers swimming, boating, volleyball, and even a historic carousel.
Read more: Spotlight on Rochester
It doesn’t get much more iconic than Coney Island. In addition to its world-famous amusement parks (featuring the likes of the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel), the expansive beach offers some of the best people-watching you’ll find during summer in the city.
Green Lakes State Park
Sometimes the best beaches are the most secluded. At the Green Lakes State Park Campgrounds – just 15 minutes from downtown Syracuse – you’ll find perfect little lakeside escapes for private reflection.
Jones Beach State Park
If you’re visiting NYC this summer, tack on a trip to this gorgeous sandy beach, just over an hour from Manhattan. In addition to 6.5 miles of sandy waterfront, the park includes the Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, where you can catch acts like OneRepublic, Jimmy Buffett, and Luke Bryan later in the season.
The Adirondacks may be best known for their high peaks, but the lakes are just as stunning. Lake George has been popular summer destination for generations, thanks to its variety of family-friendly attractions and bucolic views like this one.
Read more: Spotlight on the Adirondacks
Jacob Riis Park
Part of the Gateway National Recreation area, historic Jacob Riis Park is technically in New York City - but gaze into that endless horizon and the skyline becomes a distant memory. Riis is a popular summer spot for LGBT New Yorkers and visitors alike.
Sandy Island Beach State Park
An impressive freshwater dune system can be found in this sandy stretch of Lake Ontario straddling Oswego and Jefferson counties in the Thousand Islands region. In addition to beachside fun, the park offers hiking, canoeing, and bird-watching.