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Pelham Bay Park

Beaches

Orchard Beach and Promenade

On Long Island Sound in Pelham Bay Park
(718) 885-2275

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

Directions

Directions via Google Maps

Parking

During the beach season, parking is $8.00 on Mondays through Fridays for cars and vans, and $10.00 on weekends and holidays. Parking is $13 on weekdays, weekends, and holidays for buses, trucks, and commercial vehicles. A senior citizen discount is available for weekdays, please bring a valid ID and inquire at the parking lot toll booths. Once the beaches have closed for the year, parking is free.

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 Orchard Beach Rules (PDF)

Accessibility Symbol 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.

Amenities

Barbecuing Allowed: Yes (North and South Picnic Areas)
Concession Stand: Orchard Beach Snack Bar's menu items include hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, fried chicken, shish kabobs, fries, onion rings, nachos, wings, slushes, soda.
Mobile Charging Station: Yes

New York City beaches have closed for the season, and will re-open to swimming on May 26, 2018.

About NYC Public Beaches

NYC Parks maintains 14 miles of beaches. 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 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.

Be WaterSafe - 10 Tips to Stay Water Safe in New York

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

Directions to Pelham Bay Park

Know Before You Go

There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

Nature CentersOrchard Beach Nature Center

The Orchard Beach Nature Center is currently closed for repairs.
Anticipated Completion: 09/01/2017

PlaygroundsSweetgum Playground

NYC Parks has removed slides in this park due to a manufacturer recall. The manufacture is currently working on an improved design and redesigned slides will be installed as soon as possible.


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