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
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 on weekdays for patrons aged 65 and older, please bring a valid ID and inquire at the parking lot toll booths. Once the beaches have closed for the year, parking is free.
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: 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 23, 2020.
About NYC Public Beaches
NYC Parks maintains 14 miles of beaches. Beaches are open from Memorial Day weekend through September 8, 2019. 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.
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
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- Bocce Courts
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- Golf Courses
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- Handball Courts
- Hiking Trails
- Historic Houses
- Horseback Riding Trails
- Kayak/Canoe Launch Sites
- Nature Centers
- Roller Hockey
- Running Tracks
- Spray Showers
- Tennis Courts
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