Take time for sand castles and relaxation!
We can tell you the water's perfect in New York, but you should really dip your toes in and find out for yourself. With over 9,700 miles of lake and ocean shoreline in New York, you won't have a problem finding a place to dive in—from the Atlantic Ocean and sandy bays to crystal-clear lakes surrounded by pine forests to secluded swimming holes.
Legendary beaches in Long Island turn into a summertime playground and the place to go people-watch. Two beaches that have made Dr. Beach's list of the Top 10 in America: Coopers Beach in Southampton and Main Beach at East Hampton. To really get away, travel further along the South Fork to peaceful Montauk, Long Island's easternmost beach village. Ditch Plains, Long Island's most well known surfing beach is also nearby. It has the reputation for having some of the best and most consistent waves on the East Coast. Then of course there is Jones Beach with over seven miles of beaches with Robert Moses State Park offering five miles of sandy beaches to roam.
From the Catskills & Hudson Valley to the Adirondacks and west through Central New York to Greater Niagara and Chautauqua region, take a dive into beautiful freshwater swimming holes, like the natural pools at the bottom of Buttermilk Falls or in lower Treman Park. Green Lakes State Park has two glacial lakes with unique water properties that give them a beautiful blue-green color. You'll also find family-friendly swimming beaches on the shores of Lake George, nearby you'll discover the only public Dog Beach area designated for our furry friends.
The Finger Lakes has many parks to choose from like Sandy Island Beach on Lake Ontario - the only major freshwater dune site in the Northeast. The 1000 Islands offers beaches on Alexandria Bay, including Wellesley Island State Park. Rent a boat that you can anchor off a sandy beach - when the water's deep enough, it's cannonball time! Spending time in the City? There are beautiful beaches available here as well!
Many of New York's State Parks and campgrounds operated by the Department of Environmental Conservation have family-friendly, day-use swimming areas with lifeguards on hand. In addition to all of the state park facilities, take time to play at one of the many municipal beaches - proudly maintained and operated by local counties and communities. Select the region below you want to play in and then decide which beach you want to have a ball on!
1000 ISLANDS ADIRONDACKS
CATSKILLS/HUDSON VALLEY CAPITAL SARATOGA
CHAUTAUQUA ALLEGANY CENTRAL NEW YORK
GREATER NIAGARA FINGER LAKES
LONG ISLAND NEW YORK CITY