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Jones Beach State Park

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Address
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 Northwell Health Theater, open Tuesday – Saturday 12pm-6pm (516-221-1000). Other activities that take place in the park include learning about the marine environment at the Jones Beach Nature Center, pool swimming, sunbathing, bicycling, surfing, and visiting the playgrounds.



Jones Beach Nature Center Spring Programs
Jones Beach Nature Center Spring Program Descriptions

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 Jones Beach 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, Zach's Bay, Central Mall, and Field 2. 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 easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and 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. Purchase 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:

    4/7 - 5/25: Weekends Only, 8am-4pm
    5/26 - 8/5: Mon-Fri, 8am - 4pm, Weekends & Holidays, 6am - 6pm
    8/6 - 9/3: Mon-Fri, 8am - 4pm, Weekends & Holidays, 7am - 6pm
    9/4 - 9/9: Daily, 8am - 4pm
    9/15 - 9/23: Weekends & Holidays, 8am - 4pm

    9/24 - 11/4: 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.
  • 4 Wheel Drive Night Sport Fishing Permit
  • NYS Driver's License $80
    Out of State Driver's License $125

  • Night Sport Fishing Permit
  • NYS Driver's License $35
    Out of State Driver's License $60
    7 Day Sport Fishing Permit $25
  • Star Gazing Permit
  • NYS Driver's License $35
    Out of State Driver's License $60
  • Paddle Ball and Shuffleboard
  • $2 - Playing fee per person (per 1/2 hr, per court)
    $2 - Equipment Deposit per person
  • Bocce Ball, Corn Hole, Table Tennis
  • Bocce: 1 HR court minimum $10
    Corn Hole & Table Tennis: 1 HR court minimum $5
    Equipment Deposit: $10

  • Regional Diving Permit
  • NYS Driver's License $80
    Out of State Driver's License $125
  • Umbrella Rentals
  • $10 fee + $10 deposit ID required
  • Volley Ball Court Rental
  • $10 Deposit
  • West Bathhouse Pool
  • $5/adult
    $3/Seniors (62) M-F
    $5/Seniors SSH
    $3/child

    Children under 5: free
  • West Bathhouse Pool Locker Rentals
  • Additional $1 per person:
    Child/SC: $1
    Adult: $1
    Large: $2
    Key Deposit: $5

Realtime Parking Assistant

Tuesday, May 22 2018

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.

Sat 26 May
BETHPAGE AIR SHOW AT JONES BEACH
Saturday, May 26, 2018 until Sunday, May 27, 2018 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Please join us Memorial Day weekend, May 26 & 27, from 10 am to 3 pm for the 15th Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, NY. We are proud to have the U. S. Navy Blue Angels as the headliner this year. We are also excited to have joining the Blue Angels, the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds, the U. S. Army Golden Knights parachute team and the U. S. Air Force F22 Raptor. Returning to our shores are Sean Tucker and Team Oracle, Screamin' Sasquatch presented by John Klatt Airshows, Matt Chapman, the GEICO Skytypers, American Air Power Museum Warbirds, and David Windmiller. There will also be an appearance by the B17 Yankee Lady. Besides the show in the sky there will be military recruiters and displays from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard along the boardwalk from the West Bathouse to the East Bathouse joined by food and merchandise vendors. There is a $10 parking fee per vehicle and the show is rain or shine. For more information, visit www.bethpageairshow.com or Bethpage Federal Credit Union Air Show on Facebook. See you at the park!

Date: Saturday, May 26, 2018 Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Central Mall

New Time: 10:00am – 3:00pm (both days)

Fee: $10 Vehicle Use Fee

Sat 02 Jun
Living Fossil Walk
Saturday, June 2, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Let's investigate these living fossils that come to our shores in the spring! We will have a short talk, followed by a walk down to the bay to observe these creatures during their high tide spawning periods. Wear shoes that can get wet!

Registration: Required
Sun 03 Jun
Fins & Scales (Fish Dissection)
Sunday, June 3, 2018 01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

From salmon and flounder to trout and bass, fish come in all shapes and sizes. Join us as we find out what makes them all tick. Through dissection we will explore the internal and external anatomy of fish.

Registration: Required
Tue 12 Jun
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Dad and Me!
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Explore the natural world around us. These programs will connect children and their parents with nature through short walks, animal visitors, and crafts. Children ages 3 -5.

Registration: Required
Sat 16 Jun
Plover Hike
Saturday, June 16, 2018 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Come take a walk with us to see the endangered Piping Plover, that nest on the sandy beaches of Jones Beach. We will observe different nesting sites and hopefully get to see some hatchlings.

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