New York City Beaches 2023

A scenic view of a stretch of Coney Island Beach.

Parks maintains 14 miles of beaches. Beaches are open from Memorial Day weekend through September 10, 2023. During beach season, lifeguards are on duty daily, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 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. All of our beaches are free and open to the public.

Beach Statuses

Sign up for Notify NYC, 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, or text BEACH to 55676 to receive real-time opening, closing and water quality information.

Beach Safety

Stay safe near and in the water. Here are 10 Tips to Stay Water Safe in New York City.

Apply Sunscreen

Protect your skin when you’re on the go! Apply sunscreen before you go, and re-apply frequently.

NYC Parks is excited to continue its free sunscreen program with 56 dispensers located at all eight beaches. Through the program, funded by the IMPACT Melanoma Foundation in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, and by Episcopal Health Services in the Rockaways, New Yorkers can protect themselves from long hours in the sun by easily applying the provided SPF 30 sunscreen. The foundation will also be providing sun safety information throughout the summer at select locations.

Brighton Beach This is an accessible beach

On Atlantic Ocean, from Ocean Parkway to Corbin Place, Brooklyn
(718) 946-1350

The easternmost section of Coney Island is popular all summer long, as individuals and families from all over the city come to enjoy the beach’s sand and water and to explore the…

Brighton Beach Details

Cedar Grove Beach This is an accessible beach

Ebbitts Street and Cedar Grove Avenue, Staten Island
(718) 987-2060

The city’s newest beach is a converted oceanfront bungalow colony. This charming beach is smaller and somewhat more tranquil than its neighbors, Midland Beach and South Beach, and is popular…

Cedar Grove Beach Details

Manhattan Beach This is an accessible beach

On Atlantic Ocean, Oriental Blvd., from Ocean Avenue to Mackenzie Street, Brooklyn
(718) 946-1373

This small, family-friendly beach east of Brighton Beach attracts locals looking for a somewhat calmer beach than its neighbor. Visitors bring full picnic baskets and set up barbecues along the…

Manhattan Beach Details

Midland Beach and Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk This is an accessible beach

On Lower New York Bay, from Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field, Midland Beach, Staten Island
(718) 987-0709

Midland Beach shares the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk with neighboring South Beach, and tends to be the somewhat less crowded of the two beaches. The beach’s attractions include a playground…

Midland Beach and Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk Details

Orchard Beach and Promenade This is an accessible beach

On Long Island Sound in Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
(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…

Orchard Beach and Promenade Details

Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk This is an accessible beach

In line with USACE’s confirmed construction schedule, starting Memorial Day weekend, as many as 70 blocks of Rockaway Beach will be open to swimming seven days a week. Due to construction, 10-15 blocks of beach will be temporarily closed to all access throughout the summer, moving westward from Beach 116, and moving eastward from Beach 143. The closures will be rolling; over the course of the summer the work zones, open beaches, and beach access will shift as the necessary work progresses. The entirety of the Rockaway boardwalk will remain open.

On Atlantic Ocean, from Beach 9th Street, Far Rockaway, to Beach 149th Street, Neponsit, Queens
(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…

Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk Details

South Beach This is an accessible beach

On Lower New York Bay, from Fort Wadsworth to Miller Field, Midland Beach, Staten Island

Beachgoers can sunbathe while taking in a lovely view of the Verazzano Bridge, bike through a scenic trail, jog along the boardwalk, kayak, play tennis, or fish off of the Ocean Breeze Fishing…

South Beach Details

Wolfe’s Pond Beach This is an accessible beach

On Raritan Bay and Prince’s Bay, Holton to Cornelia Avenues, Staten Island
(718) 984-8266

Love the ocean but think NYC’s beaches are just too chaotic? Wolfe’s Pond Beach is the city’s best-kept secret, a small, calm, and secluded beach that’s a perfect retreat…

Wolfe’s Pond Beach Details