Pelham Bay Park
Orchard Beach and Promenade
On Long Island Sound in Pelham Bay Park
Orchard Beach, Bronx's sole public beach, was proclaimed "The Riviera of New York" when it was created in the 1930s. The 115-acre, 1.1-mile-long beach contains a hexagonal-block promenade, a central pavilion, snack bars, food and souvenir carts, two playgrounds, two picnic areas, a large parking lot, and 26 courts for basketball, volleyball, and handball. Changing areas and showers are available.
Directions and Parking
Parking is $7.00 Monday through Friday for cars and vans, and $9.00 on weekends and holidays. A senior citizen discount is available for weekdays, inquire at the parking lot toll booths.
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.
This is an accessible beach. Beach mats are available in Sections 7 and 8. Two beach wheelchairs specially designed for use on the sand are available. For availability, call (718) 885-2275.
Barbecuing Allowed: Yes (North and South Picnic Areas)
Concession Stand: Havana Cafe provides food at three snack bars as well as pushcarts along the promenade. The Cafe's offerings include Cuban food as well as Italian specialties, fresh seafood, healthy fare and traditional beach favorites like hot dogs and fries.
New York City beaches have closed for the season, and will reopen Memorial Day weekend.
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.
Water Quality Advisories or Closures - Visit the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s New York City Area Beaches page for water quality advisories or closures before you head to the beach.
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 Pelham Bay Park
Pelham Bay Park Weather
- Historic House: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
- NYC Parks Kicks Off Summer Beach Season In New York City
- Go Explore The Wonders Of Winter
- Bartow Neighbors: The Mansions and Estates of Pelham Bay
- The Night Sky
- Urban Park Ranger Hike: The Estates of Pelham Bay Park
- Hollywood East, or Making Movies on City Island
- Volunteer Garden Clean-Up Day
- Barbecuing Areas
- Baseball Fields
- Basketball Courts
- Bicycling and Greenways
- Bocce Courts
- Dog-friendly Areas
- Football Fields
- Golf Courses
- Great Trees
- Handball Courts
- Hiking Trails
- Historic Houses
- Horseback Riding Trails
- Kayak/Canoe Launch Sites
- Nature Centers
- Roller Hockey
- Running Tracks
- Soccer Fields
- Spray Showers
- Tennis Courts
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Pelham Bay Park