Summer is here and that means plenty of time for fun in the sun.
The East End of Long Island offers a number of beaches for kids to romp in the sand and splash in the waves. But if your kids also enjoy climbing and sliding, try these six beaches that feature playgrounds in the area. And for more East End fun, take a look at our Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.
For an Islandwide look at the best beach playgrounds, see our list of these entertaining options.
Hither Hills State Park — Montauk
165 Old Montauk Highway
Hither Hills State Park has a playground, two volleyball courts, sand chairs, a general store, two picnic areas, as well as 2 miles of oceanfront. The park is open Monday through Friday from sunrise to sunset. Cost: $10 per car.
Meschutt County Park — Hampton Bays
Canal Road and Old North Highway
The calm waters of this low-key beach on Peconic Bay are well-suited for families with little ones. The concession stand offers everything from burgers to ice cream, and there is a playground for kids with slides, climbing bars, and more. Cost: $9 per car with Suffolk County Green Key.
Mitchell Park — Greenport
This beautiful park on Greenport's marina is a must-see for families. Enjoy the restaurants and shops in the harbor and finish the day with a ride on the antique carousel. A small beach sits a few hundred yards west of the carousel, near the Shelter Island Ferry terminal. FREE; $2 per ride for the carousel.
Orient Beach State Park — Orient
4000 Main Road
Orient Beach State Park features a playground overlooking the calm waters of Gardiners Bay, as well as a pavilion, gazebo, hiking trails, and comfort station. There is also a concession stand. The park is open from 10am to 6pm every day. Cost: $10 per car.
South Jamesport Beach Park — South Jamesport
Peconic Bay Boulevard
The South Jamesport Beach Park boasts a playground, as well as tennis and basketball courts, a gazebo, and a snack hut. The park is open sunrise to 10 pm. The parking lot is by town permit only.
Wildwood State Park — Wading River
790 Hulse Landing Road
Wildwood State Park, which overlooks Long Island Sound, features several play areas for kids, as well as a picnic area, hiking trails, and a concession stand. The park is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 5:30pm. Cost: $10 per car.
This article was originally published in 2014. It was updated in 2017.
Top photo: Orient Beach State Park playground. Photo by John Williams/courtesy of New York State Parks