Time to Hit the Beach!
The latest in a series throughout the summer highlighting how you can use your MetroCard to enjoy all that New York has to offer brings us to the City's beaches.
The dog days of summer are here, and there's no better time to swipe your MetroCard and head to the beach...and you have plenty of options:
(Brighton Beach Ave between Ocean Pkwy and Corbin Pl, Brighton Beach, Brooklyn; nyc.gov/parks) -- Hop on the B or Q train to the Brighton Beach station or take the B1 or B68 bus and enjoy the sand and surf of Brooklyn's Brighton Beach which was originally developed as a beach resort in 1868.
When you think Brooklyn, you think Coney Island. The beach itself is a good reason to take the D, F, N, or Q train to Coney Island/Stillwell Avenue or the B36, B68, B74, or B82 to this classic shore spot. But Coney Island has so much more to offer -- from the sword swallowers, snake charmers or fire-breathers at the Circus Sideshow (1208 Surf Ave at 12th St; 718-372-5159, coneyisland.com) or the Cyclone and Steeplechase roller coasters (1000 Surf Ave between 8th and 12th Sts; 718-373-5862, lunaparknyc.com) to catching a sea-lion show or petting a horseshoe crab at the New York Aquarium (Surf Ave at 8th St; 718-265-3474, nyaquarium.com).
Jacob Riis Park Beach
(Rockaway Beach Blvd at Channel Dr, Rockaway, Queens; 718-318-4300, nps.gov) -- Jacob Riis Park Beach is Queens' laid back oasis. After catching some rays, hit the 18-hole Riis Park Pitch and Putt golf course (Beach 169th St at Rockaway Point Blvd; 718-474-1623, $13-;$16; rental equipment available) to test your swing. To get there, take the 2 or the 5 train to Flatbush Avenue and transfer to the Q35 bus to the beach. You can also take the A or S train to Rockaway Park and hop on the Q35 or Q22 bus to the beach.
(Park Dr at Orchard Beach Rd, Pelham Bay Park; (718) 430-1890) -- The Bronx's only beach is an engineering marvel. Covering a mile and 115 acres, it was originally conceived as the "Riviera of New York," and its promise is carried out in its promenade lined with shops, playgrounds, picnic areas, and more than two dozen sports courts. Take the B, D, or 4 train to Fordham Road, the 2 or 5 train to Pelham Pkwy or the 6 train to Pelham Bay Park, and then transfer to the Bx12 bus to the beach.
(Beach 67th to 69th St and 87th to 91st Streets; 718-318-4000, nyc.gov/parks) -- These stretches of Rockaway Beach are surfing beaches, the only legal wave-riding zones in the entire city. You can also strap on a helmet and pads to ride the concrete of Rockaway Skate Park, which features ten vert ramps and four grinding rails. Take the A or S train to the Beach 90th Street station or the A train to the Beach 67th Street station. The Boardwalk extends between Beach 9th and 109th Streets. You can also utilize the Q22 bus to ride along the entire beach via Rockaway Beach Boulevard.
The MTA's Trip Planner+ can help you find the best way to get there. For Trip Planner+, click here