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Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

Beaches

New York City beaches re-open in 2014 on Memorial Day.

Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk

On Atlantic Ocean, from Beach 9th Street, Far Rockaway, to Beach 149th Street, Neponsit
(718) 318-4000

From surfers to swimmers to the Ramones, everyone wants to "hitch a ride to Rockaway Beach." Rockaway Beach is a year-round resource for residents all along the Rockaway peninsula, and it comes alive each summer from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend with millions of visitors.

Beach goers can enjoy the sand and water, the variety of concessions, and the city's only legal surfing beach, located between 67-69 Street and 87-92 Street. Rockaway Beach is also home to a variety of playgrounds and other outdoor activities.

Rockaway Beach Restoration

Visit the Rockaway Beach Restoration page to find more about the long-term plans for Rockaway Beach.

Directions and Parking

Directions

Directions via Google Maps

Parking

Free parking lots at B. 11th to B. 15th Street and B. 95th Street; free street parking.

Beach Hours

During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty and in closed sections. Closed sections are marked with signs and/or red flags.

Beach Rules

Download Rockaway Beach Rules (PDF, 20KB)

Accessibility Symbol This is an accessible beach. Beach mats are available at B. 17th Street, B. 86th Street, B. 90th Street, B. 92nd Street, B. 94th Street, B. 101 Street, B. 103rd Street, B. 108th Street, and B. 116 Street.

Amenities

Surf Beach: Yes. Surf beaches are located between 67-69 Street and 87-92 Street.
Please note that additional rules apply to the surf beaches: Download Surf Beach Rules (PDF, 323KB)
Bicycle and Skate Path: No
Boardwalk: Yes (closed 10:00 p.m.-6:00 a.m.)
Concession Stand: Yes (B.86th Street Island, B.116th Street Island, B.97th Street Island, and B.106th Street Island)

About NYC Public Beaches

NYC Parks maintains 14 miles of beaches, all of which are open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Swimming is prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty and in closed sections. Closed sections are marked with signs and/or red flags.

Safety

Water & Sun Safety - The do's and don'ts of water safety

Rip Currents - Safety tips and information provided by The National Weather Service regarding the dangers of rip currents.

Directions to Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

Know Before You Go

There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

ParkTribute Park

Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, this park is closed until further notice.

BeachesRockaway Beach and Boardwalk

The area of Rockaway Beach from Beach 116th Street to Beach 109th Street will be temporarily closed as the US Army Corps of Engineers begins sand moving operations. Once work begins in this area, we expect the closure to last approximately one week.

More information about the Army Corps’ work to replenish Rockaway Beach is available on their NY District website.


PlaygroundsSeba Playground

Seba Playground will be closed to reconstruct the current Seba Tot Lot into a playground for children of all ages. The new design will enlarge the toddler area by adding a custom spray shower, seating, and two new tot play units. Additional play spaces will also be added for 5 to 12 year olds, and will include a large accessible play unit, a second spray shower and seating area. These two play areas will be joined by 15 additional swings for both age groups. The site will also feature an accessible drinking fountain, attractive plantings, and a bicycle rack.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2014

Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways Weather

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    48°F
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    Slight Chc Drizzle
    48°F
  • Sat
    Slight Chc Drizzle
    54°F
  • Sun
    Mostly Sunny
    56°F

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