The cold and rainy season is coming to an end. As the weather gets warmer the summer clothes and sunscreen is taken out, bathing suits are bought. It is time to go to the beach! As any parent knows a day at the beach requires a lot of planning. The children need entertainment, food, and much more. Long Island is home to many beautiful and family oriented beaches. Here are some of the best family friendly beaches on Long Island that are sure to keep everyone in the family entertained.
Cedar Beach is a gem buried among the private beaches. In addition to the beautiful beach there is a playground, basketball courts, public restrooms, and a nature path that leads to a nature center. Be sure to enjoy a meal at Singleton’s Seafood Shack. There is plenty here to keep the kids entertained for the day.
Where: Harbor Beach Road, Mount Sinai, NY
Contact info: (631) 473-8346
National Geographic rated Coopers Beach the number two U.S. family beach. Located in Southampton and home to many celebrities, Coopers Beach is a wonderful white sand beach. The beach offers an amazing view of the Atlantic ocean and historic mansions. Beach amenities include lifeguards, a snack bar, chair and umbrella rentals, and a summer concert series. Just be prepared, this is also the most expensive beach.
Where: 286 Meadow Lane, Southampton, NY
Contact info: 631-283-0247
The sand at Cupsogue is clean and there are beautiful rolling waves. This beach offers lifeguard-supervised swimming. When not swimming or sun bathing, be sure to visit the Beach Hut for a snack and drink. Moms can get a delicious cocktail here, too. This beach also has public restrooms and showers. There are areas for fishing, scuba diving, camping.
Where: 906 Dune Road, Westhampton Beach, NY
Contact info: (631) 852-8111
Families can enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the picnic and barbeque areas located thru out the beach. Children will love the playground and pool. Parents can play shuffleboard nearby while the kids are playing. When the kids get hungry visit the food court or a concession stand. Be sure to take a stroll on the boardwalk to see the beautiful views. On the quiet west end of the beach families will love to visit the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center which offers both indoor and outdoor activities. Jones beach also offers golf, mini golf, fishing and more.
Where: 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY
Contact info: (516) 785-1600
Read more about Jones Beach: Click Here for the Long Island Mamas review.
West Meadow Beach
West Meadow is a small beach at only 1.5 miles long. The beach itself is very rocky, but in the water there are very few pebbles. The water is not very choppy with few waves and it is shallow which makes it perfect for kids to swim. Kids will enjoy walking out onto the many sand bars and looking at all of the wildlife the beach has to offer. West Meadow Beach has a playground and a sprinkler park to keep the kids entertained when not in the water. There is also a nice trail at the east end of the parking lot about a mile long to walk or bike. There are picnic tables and restrooms. Look around and see people cycling, fishing, jet skiing, kayaking/canoeing, motor boating, sailing, and water skiing.
Please note that this beach is open for free to Brookhaven residents only.
Where: 1 W Meadow Beach Road, Setauket, NY 11733
Contact info: (631) 751-3193
Read more about South Shore beaches: Click here for the Long Island Mamas article.
By Tara Arichabala