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Jones Beach State Park

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Notice: 2019 Summer- There will be limited access to West End 2 for on-going construction.

Address
2400 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 Box Office, 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.

NOTICE: Please be aware that abandoning or feeding cats within this park is strictly prohibited. Violators face serious penalties.

Notice: Not Pets Allowed All Year Round


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, July 4th Fireworks Spectacular, 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, West bathhouse, 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 Central Mall Area of 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 along the north shore of Jones Beach. The boat basin in the west end area 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 Beach Wheel Chairs 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

 

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Ocean Swimming: Begins Memorial Day Weekend and goes daily until September 19th. Call the Park Office for specifics on which Fields have swimming and what time of day they are open.

  • West Bathhouse Pool:
    6/22-8/4:
    10am-6pm M-F
    9am-8pm Sat, Sun, & Holidays

    8/5-9/2:
    10am-6pm M-F
    10am-7pm Sat, Sun, & Holidays

  • Biking on Boardwalk: Year Round. Free.
  • Central Mall & Zach's Bay 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 and fishing access to Green Island and the Work Docks. 
  • Miniature Golf:
    4/6 - 5/24: 10am-4pm, weekends & holidays;
    5/25 - 6/21: 10 am-4pm*, daily;
    6/22 - 9/2: 10am-11pm, daily;
    9/3 - 9/22: 10am-4pm, weekends & holidays.

    *Last tee off time.
  • Nature Center: At West End 1
    1/1 - 5/22: 10am - 4 pm, weekends & holidays;
    5/23 - 9/2: Wed.-Sun, Hol. 10 am - 4 pm.
    9/7 - 12/31: 10am - 4 pm, weekends & holidays;
    *Closed Mon. and Tues. except for special permit request.
  • Paddle Ball, Shuffleboard, Bocce Ball, Corn Hole, & Table Tennis:
    4/6 - 5/24: 10 am - 5 pm, weekends & holidays;
    5/25 - 6/21: 10 am - 5 pm, daily;
    6/22 - 9/2: 10 am - 11 pm, daily;
    9/3 - 9/22: 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: 6/22 - 9/2: 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 (4/6 - 5/24) & (9/14 - 11/3)*
    *Increases to $10 when beach is open (5/25 - 9/8)

    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:

    4/6 - 5/24: Weekends Only, 8am-4pm
    5/25 - 8/4: Mon-Fri, 8am - 4pm, Weekends & Holidays, 6am - 6pm
    8/5 - 9/2: Mon-Fri, 8am - 4pm, Weekends & Holidays, 7am - 6pm
    9/3 - 9/8: Daily, 8am - 4pm
    9/14 - 9/22: Weekends & Holidays, 8am - 4pm

    9/23 - 11/3: 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
  • 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

Wednesday, April 24 2019

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 27 Apr
Spring Planting
Saturday, April 27, 2019 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Spring has sprung and with it comes the arrival of plants and flowers emerging from the ground and so many begin as seeds! Come discover the magic of seeds and their germination, happening everywhere you look this time of year. Plant some of your very own to take home!

Registration: Required
Sun 28 Apr
Welcome Back Osprey!
Sunday, April 28, 2019 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Join us as we uncover the fascinating history of this amazing raptor. Then we'll set out to observe these beautiful birds in the wild.

Registration: Required
Tue 30 Apr
Tiny Tots: Nature Discoveries- Tiny Seeds
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 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
Fri 03 May
Evening Star Gaze
Friday, May 3, 2019 08:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 780-3295

Join the Jones Beach Nature Center for an evening star gaze. The family-friendly event is $4 per person and all ages are welcome.
Registration: Required
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Jones Beach State Park
(516) 785-1600

Register
Start time: 9am
End time: 12pm

Meeting Location: West Bathhouse Employee Parking Lot. Parking Instructions: Volunteers will meet at the West Bathhouse Employee Parking Lot. Ages: All ages welcome

Volunteer Project: Instillation of Snow Fence, Installation of Beach Access Mat and Beach Clean-up throughout the park.

We can accommodate: Large Groups, small groups, college student groups, Boy or Girl Scouts Questions? Call: 516-679-7200 Email: camille.campo@parks.ny.gov

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