Five Quick Tips to Plan a New York City Beach Trip

It’s certainly hot enough to enjoy the beach, but don’t forget to follow these tips to get the most out of your trip!

August 14, 2018 | HF Healthy Living Team

You may be ready to get some sand between your toes, but are you fully prepared to relax in the sun? Check out these five tips to make sure you’re ready for some summertime fun.

Find the Best Route

The free beaches are easily accessible from the NYC subway or buses. Find the easiest route to the nearest beach below.

  • Coney Island Beach and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn: B, Q to Brighton Beach; and the D, F, N, Q to Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue
  • Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn: B, Q to Brighton Beach, then the B1 bus
  • Orchard Beach in the Bronx: No. 6 bus to Pelham Bay Park, then the Bx5 or Bx12 bus
  • Rockaway Beach in Queens: A to Broad Channel; transfer to the S to 116th Street
  • Midland Beach and Franklin D. Roosevelt Beach in Staten Island: S51 bus to Father Capodanno Boulevard and Sand Lane

Each beach offers a variety of free events, facilities, and more.

Know Before You Go

Which beaches are closed? Is the water dirty? Luckily, there’s a number to answer these important questions. Remember to sign up for NYC beach alerts or text Beach to 877-877 before heading out for the day!

Don’t Forget the SPF!

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It’s also one of the most preventable. Make sure you wear enough sunscreen, and avoid these other common mistakes before your next beach trip.

Be Alert and Prepared

Be sure to keep an eye on your children at all times, and travel lightly. Remember to wear your bathing suits, since Orchard Beach is the only one with changing rooms. Pack some on-the-go snacks and water for a healthy alternative to boardwalk grub.

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Stay Safe and Swim with Care

Always check for signs regarding dangerous currents, and more. Pay attention to the lifeguards, and swim only in the recommended areas. Need a swim lesson? Take the kids for a lesson and learn to swim before heading to the beach.

After the beach wipes you out, relax and get the most out of NYC by taking advantage of the free outdoor movies, music, and more!


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“Know Before You Go,” NYC Department of Health. Accessed June 28, 2016.

“Skin Cancer Statistics,” CDC. Accessed June 28, 2016.

“Learn to Swim,” NYC Parks. Accessed June 29, 2016.

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