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Robert Moses State Park - Long Island

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Due to erosion from winter storms, Gilgo State Park is closed to four-while drive vehicles indefinitely. Visitors may want to consider alternatives for fishing at the Sore Thumb and Democrat Point areas of Robert Moses State Park, and surfing at Democrat Point.

Address
600 Robert Moses State Parkway
Babylon, NY 11702
Latitude 40.625175
Longitude -73.261986

Robert Moses State Park is an ocean beachfront facility that attracts nearly 3.8 million visitors annually and boasts a shoreline of nearly five miles. As the most western point of Fire Island, the park is conveniently located at the southern end of the Robert Moses Causeway and is easily accessible by car or from the Babylon train station with a bus connection. Visitors are welcome to swim and boogie-board at any of our four lifeguard-staffed fields. Surfing and surf-fishing are popular activities that are enjoyed by many beach-goers as well. Each location is equipped with concessions, beach shops, first aid offices, comfort stations, and private outdoor showers. Scenic picnic areas complete with park grills and tables for any group size are located at fields 2, 3, and 4.

An 18-hole Pitch & Putt Golf Course is available at Field 2 for public use from early April through mid-November. Field 2 is also home to an expansive volleyball court area which can accommodate up to 21 games at a time. It sits just east of Democrat Point, a local favorite with surfers and fishermen alike for its 4x4 drive-on access and shorefronts which face both the Atlantic Ocean and the Fire Island Inlet.

Established in 1908 in honor of master builder Robert Moses, Field 3 is the park's oldest recreation area. It is the closest location to the park's landmark Water Tower, which serves as a perfect background to the field's picnic area. Here, visitors can utilize a spacious gazebo to host large gatherings on a first –come, first-serve basis. Patrons may also make use of an underpass tunnel that connects Field 3 to a day-use boat basin which can accommodate up to 80 personal watercrafts. Anglers typically take this walk from Field 3 to fish or crab off of the long piers in front of the facility's Park Office. Open 7 days a week, the Park Office sells an array of permits that allow visitors to make the most of their beach experience, including Empire Passports and Fishing, Surfing, and Star Gazing Permits.

Field 5 is the public's gateway to Fire Island. With a beautiful ¾ mile nature walk that leads directly to the Fire Island Lighthouse, visitors are free to explore nearby towns like Kismet and Saltaire by foot from the eastern parking lot. Perfect for families, Field 5 also offers a large playground area for children and a boardwalk that extends the length of the parking area.

All beachfronts are handicap-accessible by beach wheelchair, which are available free of charge on a first-come, first serve basis at any of our First Aid Offices. During the summer season, mobility mats can be found at Field 2 and Field 5 for easier beach access.

Find more about park permit information.

For information on educational opportunities and programs in Long Island State Parks, please visit Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center.

 

Current Water Quality - Beach Results

 

No Pets Allowed

Mailing Address
Box 247 Babylon, NY 11702

Hours of Operation

  • 2016 Swimming HoursField 2

    5/23 - 6/12: 10 am - 6 pm, daily.
    6/13 - 6/26: 9 am - 7 pm, daily
    6/27 - 8/9: 9 am - 7 pm, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 8 pm, weekends & holidays.
    8/10 - 9/7: 9 am - 7 pm, daily.
    9/8 - 9/20: 10 am - 6 pm weekdays / 9 am - 7 pm weekends
  • 2016 Swimming Hours - Field 3

    5/23 - 6/26: 9 am - 6 pm, weekends & holidays.
    6/27 - 8/9: 9 am - 7 pm, Mondays - Fridays; 9 am - 8 pm, weekends & holidays.
    8/10 - 9/7: 9 am - 7 pm, daily.
  • 2016 Swimming Hours - Field 4

    6/13 - 8/9: 10 am - 8 pm, weekends & holidays;
    8/15 - 9/7: 10 am - 7 pm, daily
  • 2016 Swimming Hours - Field 5

    5/23 - 6/12: 10 am - 6 pm, daily.
    6/13 - 6/26: 9 am - 7 pm, daily
    6/27 - 8/9: 9 am - 7 pm, Mondays-Fridays; 8 am - 8 pm, weekends & holidays.
    8/10 - 9/7: 9 am - 7 pm, daily.
    9/8 - 9/20: 10 am - 6 pm, weekdays
  • Fishing: 4/1 - 12/31 

    Fishing permits sold from 1/2-4/30 and 9/8-12/31. Night fishing & 4-wheel drive permits available at Park Office & Babylon Headquarters. Special parking with fishing permit - 24 hours, 4/1 - 12/31.
  • Boat Berthing - Marina: 6/27 - 9/7 (daily, sunrise to sunset)
    Transient berthing - Sunrise to sunset.
  • Picknicking, fishing, boat berthing, surfing, playfield and playground: Available all year.
    Picnicking: Permit required for groups of 50 or more.
  • Please call the Park Office for the hours of operation of the Robert Moses' Pitch and Putt Golf Course.
  • Showers: Available at each field from the first day of swimming until the last day of swimming, sunrise to sunset.
  • Umbrella and Chair Rentals: Memorial Day through Labor Day. 10 am - 5 pm.

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.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • 4 Wheel Beach Vehicle Fishing Permit
  • NYS Vehicle Registration $65
    Out of State Vehicle Registration $110
  • 4 Wheel Beach Vehicle Surfing Permit
  • NYS Vehicle Registration $65
    Out of State Vehicle Registration $110

    (Democrat & Gilgo only from sunrise to sunset)
  • Boat Docking
  • Weekends: $10
    Weekdays: Free
  • Metal Detecting
  • By Permit Only $40
    *Available regionally only.
  • Night Sport Fishing Permit
  • NYS Vehicle Registration $30
    Out of State Vehicle Registration $55
    7 Day Sport Fishing Permit $25 - Available regionally only
  • Regional Diving Permit
  • NYS Vehicle Registration $65
    Out of State Vehicle Registration $110
  • Star Gazing Permit
  • NYS Vehicle Registration $30
    Out of State Vehicle Registration $55
  • Surfing
  • Park & Surf Permit - $25

    Available after Labor Day until December 31st.

  • Umbrella and Chair Rentals
  • Rentals $10
    Deposit $10
  • Vehicle Entrance Fee
  • 4/14 - 5/17: 8 AM - 4 PM, weekends & holidays - $8/car

    5/23 - 9/7: 8 am - 4 pm, weekdays; 7 am - 6 pm, weekends & holidays - $10/car

    9/8 - 9/13: 8 am - 4 pm, daily - $10/car

    9/19 - 11/15: 8 am - 4 pm, weekends & holidays - $8/car

    Non-Profit Buses (By permit only): $35
    Commercial Buses: $75
    Unscheduled buses: $75
Mon 01 Aug
Summer Run Series
Monday, August 1, 2016 07:00 PM
Robert Moses State Park - Long Island
(631) 669-0449

Entry Fee for Tier 1 opens April 1st to the first 2,500 entrants and includes all 8 races - $70.00 individual registration. Tier 2 opens to the first 1,500 entrants when Tier 1 reaches capacity and includes 4 races only – individual registration is $55.00.

In person registration: Long Island State Park Headquarters 625 Belmont Ave, West Babylon, NY 11704

Online registration: Active.com or flrrt.com

Printable Application and Information

No Day of Race Registration

Locations, Dates and Distances – All races begin at 7:00PM

Heckscher – June 13th – 5 miles
Sunken Meadow – June 20th – 10K
Belmont Lake – June 27th – 5K
Bethpage – July 11th – 5K
Hempstead Lake – July 18th - 4K
Caumsett – July 25th – 5K
Robert Moses – August 1st – 5K
Jones Beach – August 8th – 5 miles

Registration: Required

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Did You Know? Access free WiFi at Fields 2,3,4,5 thanks to State Parks, Toyota & American Park Network partnership

Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Marina
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • WiFi
  • Activities
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Golf
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Surfing
  • Wind Surfing