10 Best Beach Playgrounds on Long Island

Find a playground that overlooks the water.

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
516-624-6160
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
516-869-6311
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.

Nickerson Beach
880 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach
516-571-7701
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
631-244-7275
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.

Short Beach
Boney Lane, Nissequogue
631-360-7512
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.

Weebees Beach
Bellview Avenue, Center Moriches
631-451-8696
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.

Cedar Beach
Harbor Beach Road, Mt. Sinai
631- 451-8696
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
516-785-1600
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
516-669-0470
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
631-269-4333
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.

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Charles E. Ransom Beach
1 Oak Neck Beach Road
Bayville , NY
Phone: 516-624-6160
40° 54' 38.3544" N, 73° 33' 43.4484" W
New York
North Hempstead Beach Park
175 West Shore Road
Port Washington , NY
Phone: 516-869-6311
40° 49' 32.3616" N, 73° 41' 53.4696" W
New York
Nickerson Beach
880 Lido Blvd.
Lido Beach , NY
Phone: 516-571-7701
40° 35' 20.3748" N, 73° 37' 31.4652" W
New York
Smith Point Beach
William Floyd Parkway
Mastic Beach , NY
Phone: 631-244-7275
40° 46' 36.5916" N, 72° 50' 49.1244" W
New York
Short Beach
Boney Lane,
Nissequogue
Phone: 631-360-7512
40° 54' 18.504" N, 73° 12' 32.5872" W
Weebees Beach
Bellview Avenue
Center Moriches
Phone: 631-451-8696
40° 48' 1.3572" N, 72° 47' 23.3628" W
Cedar Beach
Harbor Beach Road
Mt. Sinai , NY
Phone: 631- 451-8696
40° 56' 49.3548" N, 73° 1' 46.38" W
New York
Jones Beach State Park
1000 Ocean Parkway
Wantagh , NY
Phone: 516-785-1600
40° 36' 5.3136" N, 73° 30' 8.5032" W
New York
Robert Moses State Park
600 Robert Moses Causeway
Babylon , NY
Phone: 516-669-0470
40° 41' 44.358" N, 73° 19' 32.43" W
New York
Sunken Meadow State Park
Sunken Meadow Parkway
Kings Park , NY
Phone: 631-269-4333
40° 53' 11.184" N, 73° 16' 19.7148" W
New York