Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published April 24th 2011
You've probably heard of some of New York's beaches, but may have thought they were all upstate, or closer to New Jersey. The fact is that the Brooklyn borough has several miles of shoreline, and that's where you'll find Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk.
Rockaway Beach is a favorite with the locals, as well as out-of-towners. You're not that far away from the City itself, but you'll think you're in another world. This is a perfect destination for families with children, because there are seven playgrounds to choose from. Older children, adolescents, and adults can enjoy volleyball and skating activities on the beach and boardwalk. You can even surf from parts of the beach. Don't forget to bring or rent a fishing pole. You'll never know what you might catch in the waters.
Long Beach is another preferred destination for the locals, and this may be because it's so easy to get to. You can catch the Long Island Rail Road from Penn Station and it will take you right to the beach. Not only do you not have to worry about a place to park (although that usually isn't a problem), you can purchase your train tickets as well as your admission fee to the beach for one price. It's called a "beach package", and that's what you ask for when you're making your travel arrangements.
All beach access in Long Beach is public, but the west end of the beach is where you'll find some residences. If you stay close to the beach, you shouldn't have to worry about trespassing. Even then, however, you should respect residents' privacy and property.
There's plenty to do on the beach, including children's playgrounds and, of course, the ocean. Just remember this is the Atlantic, and the waves may be different from those you are used to. Be careful, and hold on to your children's hands while you're in the water.
The boardwalk has several restaurants and other eating establishments as well as some little shops. You can stroll the boardwalk, enjoying the sights and smells of Long Beach.