Summer is nearly here--and there's definitely no shortage of beautiful beaches on Long Island. But if you're looking to treat your children to a day of splashing fun, as well as a playground running time, there are also plenty of beaches that feature swings and slides that overlook the waterfront. We've rounded up our top 10 beaches that include a sandy jungle gym for the kids. And for more fun family events across the area, check out our Long Island Calendar.
Charles E. Ransom Beach
1 Oak Neck Beach Road, Bayville
The Charles E. Ransom Beach, managed by the Town of Oyster Bay, features a playground overlooking the Long Island Sound, as well as a concession stand and showers. The beach can be accessed for $15 for non-residents.
North Hempstead Beach Park
175 West Shore Road, Port Washington
North Hempstead Beach Park, which features 34-miles of beach, has not only a concession stand, basketball courts and picnic areas, but also a playground for the kiddies. Daily parking is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents.
880 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach
Nickerson Beach, managed by Nassau County and stretching 155 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, features a family-fun zone that includes two pools, a skate park and a playground for the kiddies. Parking at the beach is $30 for the day for non-residents.
Smith Point Beach
William Floyd Parkway, Mastic Beach
Smith Point Beach, which is owned by Suffolk County, features not only miles of beachfront and a concession stand, but also a playground with picnic tables that overlook the Atlantic Ocean. The beach is accessible for a $15 daily parking fee, but is free to enter after 5pm.
Boney Lane, Nissequogue
Short Beach, which is managed by the Town of Smithtown and overlooks the Long Island Sound, features a playground in the sand, as well as bathrooms, showers and a concession sand. The beach is also available for camping, and is accessible for a daily $12 parking fee for non-residents.
Bellview Avenue, Center Moriches
Weebees Beach is a hidden gem in the Town of Brookhaven. The beach, which overlooks the Great South Bay, features a playground area in the sand, as well as a beachfront that is perfect for the little ones. The beach is accessible for free.
Harbor Beach Road, Mt. Sinai
Cedar Beach, which is managed by the Town of Brookhaven, is a popular spot for North Fork residents. The beach features not only a playground, but a fishing pier, marina and bathrooms. It which overlooks the Long Island Sound, and is accessible by paying a $20 non-resident parking fee.
Jones Beach State Park
1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
One of the most popular beaches in the summer, Jones Beach, which is managed by the State of New York and offers 6.5 miles of beach, also has a lighted playground near Field 6. The daily fee for parking is $10.
Robert Moses State Park
600 Robert Moses Causeway, Babylon
Robert Moses State Park, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and features miles of ocean front, also has a concession stand, bathrooms and a playground perfect for the kids at at Field 5. The cost to park for the day is $10.
Sunken Meadow State Park.
Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park
Sunken Meadow State Park, which sits on the Long Island Sound and Smithtown Bay, features not only a concession stand and boardwalk, but also three playgrounds for the kids. Parking at the beach is $10 daily.