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Jones Beach State Park

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Alert: Swimming in the Zach's Bay area is closed today, August 18. Please contact the park for additional information.

1 Ocean Parkway
Wantagh, NY 11793
Latitude 40.596010848399999
Longitude -73.516427318500007

Parking Updates

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, visit an historic exhibit, get a bite to eat at one of the many concession stands, play miniature golf, shuffleboard and basketball, attend concerts at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater or learn about the marine environment at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center . Other activities that take place in the park include pool swimming, sunbathing, bicycling, surfing, and visiting the playgrounds.

Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center Summer Programs

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, concerts at the theater, band shell entertainment, softball and volleyball league tournaments, and nature center programs. The Theodore Roosevelt 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 and the Central Mall. 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 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 or the boat basin along the north shore of Jones Beach. The boat basin on the west end of the park allows boaters day use of the park throughout the boating season.

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.

NEW: Swimmers with mobility impairments can take advantage of the new Water Wheel mobility aid 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

Hours of Operation

  • Biking on Boardwalk: 10/1-4/30. Free.
  • Central Mall Playground: Year round, sunrise-sunset. Free.
  • Fishing at West End Boat Basin (Field #6, Field #10 and West End 2): 4/1-12/31.
    Permit needed for night fishing.
  • Miniature Golf:
    4/4 - 5/17: 10am-4pm, weekends & holidays;
    5/23 - 6/26: 10 am-4pm*, daily;
    6/27 - 9/7: 10am-11pm, daily;
    9/8 - 10/5: 10am-4pm, weekends & holidays.

    *Last tee off time.
  • Nature Center: At West End 1
    1/1 - 5/17: 10am - 4 pm, weekends & holidays;
    5/23 - 9/7: 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.
  • Paddle Ball and Shuffleboard:
    4/4 - 5/17: 10 am - 5 pm, weekends & holidays;
    5/23 - 6/26: 10 am - 5 pm, daily;
    6/27 - 9/7: 10 am - 11 pm, daily;
    9/8 - 10/6: 10 am - 5 pm, weekends & holidays
  • West Bathhouse Beach, Central Mall, East Bathhouse Beach, Parking Field 6 and Zach's Bay: Lounge Chair Rentals Available.
  • West End Marina: 1/1 - 12/31, sunrise - sunset, daily.
    West End Marina Boat Docking: 6/25 - 9/5: Sat, Sun & Hol.; Transient Berthing: Sunrise - sunset.

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 Empire Pass -- whether a card for $80 or a vehicle-affixed decal for $65 -- is 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. Apply 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*
    *Increases to $10 when beach is open

    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:

    4/2 - 5/27: Weekends Only, 8am-4pm
    5/28 - 8/7: Mon-Fri, 8am - 4pm, Weekends & Holidays, 6am - 6pm
    8/7 - 9/5: Mon-Fri, 8am - 4pm, Weekends & Holidays, 7am - 6pm
    9/6 - 9/11: Daily, 8am - 4pm
    9/17 - 9/25: Weekends & Holidays, 8am - 4pm
    9/26-11/6: Weekends & Holidays, 8am - 3pm
  • Boat Docking
  • $10 per day
  • Lounge Chair Rentals
  • $10 Rental/$10 Deposit
  • Metal Detecting
  • By permit only $40
  • Miniature Golf
  • $5 playing fee
  • Nature Center
  • $4 per person
    Group Program Fee: $4 per person/$25 minimum.
  • Night Sport Fishing Permit
  • NYS Vehicle Registration $30
    Out of State Vehicle Registration $55
    7 Day Sport Fishing Permit $25
  • Paddle Ball and Shuffleboard
  • $2 - Playing fee per person (per 1/2 hr, per court)
    $2 - Equipment Deposit per person
  • 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
  • Umbrella Rentals
  • $10 fee + $10 deposit ID required
  • Volley Ball Court Rental
  • $10 Deposit
  • West Bathhouse Pool
  • $5/adult

    Children under 5: free
  • West Bathhouse Pool Locker Rentals
  • Additional $1 per person:
    Child/SC: $1
    Adult: $1
    Large: $2
    Key Deposit: $5
  • Zach's Bay Golf
  • Playing fee - $7
    Senior Citizen w/ valid ID - $6
    Club Rental - $2

    Deposit (Clubs) - $3
    Deposit (Balls) - $1
    Lost Ball - $1
    Lost or damaged club - $3

Realtime Parking Assistant

Friday, August 18 2017

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.

Fri 18 Aug
Illuminating Waters
Friday, August 18, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

For deep ocean animals, home is a dark place. But some animals have adapted to produce their own light. Come discover all about this amazing phenomenon, called bioluminescence, and the different animals that use it.
Registration: Required
Sat 19 Aug
Wrack Line Walk
Saturday, August 19, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

The "wrack line" refers to the trail of shells, seaweed, and other debris that is washed ashore and left at high tide line. Join us for a walk on the beach as we explore the wrack line for the treasures it might be hiding!
Registration: Required
Sun 20 Aug
Rubbish Rhumba
Sunday, August 20, 2017 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

We all know we should try to reuse and recycle whenever we can. But did you know that you can turn some of your garbage into musical instruments? Join us as we show you how to transform your trash into musical treasure!
Registration: Required
Thu 24 Aug
Stargazing Nights
Thursday, August 24, 2017 08:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Join the members of the Amateur Observers Society this Summer to observe the stars and constellations. Feel free to bring your telescopes or binoculars, though it is not necessary, and together we'll enjoy the amazing diamond in the sky!
Fri 25 Aug
Sunset Stroll
Friday, August 25, 2017 06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Bring your walking shoes and join us for a leisurely stroll along the jetty. Make sure to also bring your camera for some amazing sunset photo opportunities.
Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Gift Shop (Accessible)
  • Marina
  • Museum/Visitors Center (Accessible)
  • Performing Arts Center (Accessible)
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Swimming Pool (Accessible)
  • WiFi
  • Activities
  • Fishing (Accessible)
  • Golf (Accessible)
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Surfing
  • Wind Surfing