As part of Pelham Bay Park, Orchard Beach is over 100 acres of sandy beach situated along the Long Island Sound. There is a heavily trafficked promenade complete with shops, food vendors, and locker rooms. Orchard Beach also features two playgrounds, two picnic areas, and 26 courts for volleyball, basketball, and handball. During the summer the only indication visitors to Orchard Beach have to remind them that they’re in the city are the crowds. Don’t fret… the promenade is usually the most crowded part of the Orchard Beach. It’s certainly large enough that you can find you own little slice of sandy heaven if you are willing to walk a bit. Orchard Beach is perfect for families with children because the waters of the Long Island Sound are relatively calm and safe. Since parking is the only thing you’ll have to pay for to spend the day at Orchard Beach, treat yourselves to a delicious meal over on City Island (located just over the City Island Bridge) at the end of the day. Almost all the restaurants along City Island Avenue cater to kids and are absolutely delicious.