There's no other NYC neighborhood quite like Rockaway, Queens. Although you can reach its beaches by subway, you'll feel like you've left the city! The sand is soft and the waves are big, which is why it's the only place in NYC where you're allowed to surf. And the boardwalk is full of top-notch food and playgrounds so you never have to leave the shore.
But you should. Go inland and you'll find a wide variety of family-friendly restaurants, along with nature preserves like the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, plus the historic Fort Tilden.
Our Rockaway Guide highlights the very best places to eat, play and experience with kids in the neighborhood. We hope you enjoy getting to know the area with your family.