What to Do at the Beach in NYC

It’s summer, it’s hot, and the beach is calling your name. You know all about standard beach pastimes like building sandcastles and sunbathing, but in New York City, there’s so much more than that. This summer, hit the sun in style by checking out these five beach activities found in the city. You can eat, drink, be merry, and still have barely scratched the surface of all the activities from this list that need to be added to your itinerary.

Best of NYC Beach Activities: Coney Island

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Coney Island is everything you could ever ask from a beach day and more. The amusement park rides will bring out the kid in you as you head down the boardwalk with a Nathan’s Famous hotdog in hand and a smile on your face. Additionally, there are tons of programs for you to see, whether in the Coney Island Museum, in a Sideshow by the Seashore, or at the Shooting Gallery and Arts Annex. There are always special events coming up, such as the Coney Island Film Festival or the Sunday afternoon magic shows. Don’t miss out! 1000 Surf Ave.,

Best of NYC Beach Activities: Dredsurfer Grill at Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach is a favorite among natives and visitors to NYC alike. There’s plenty to discover here, from bakeries to boardwalks, and one of the establishments worth visiting is Dredsurfer Grill. The menu offers delicious and affordable food like their salmon burger and jerk chicken that you can wash down with an ice-cold beer. Stop by for friendly service and a good meal, and then head out to the ocean waves and sun’s rays. 16-27 Seagirt Blvd., 646-463-3271

Best of NYC Beach Activities: The Beachgoer’s Reading Room


Reading on the beach just got a whole lot easier. Hammacher Schlemmer’s new release, The Beachgoer’s Reading Room, is the perfect solution to the glare of the sun any time you try to relax with a book in the sand. Say goodbye to squinting because this product tilts up 180 degrees or down 20 degrees to protect your eyes from the sun’s rays as you read on paper or on your tablet screen. It even includes a tablet holder and has the ability to connect to a beach chair (or whatever other furniture you have) and to stand on its own in front of you. 800-321-1484, 

Best of NYC Beach Activities: Locals Surf School

Why stay on the sand when you can fly on top of the water at the beach? Locals Surf School offers great lessons at an even better price. Owned by a former pro surfer, you can rest assured that you’re in safe hands as you learn to shred the waves of the Atlantic. The school offers group lessons, private lessons, semi-private lessons, and more. They fill up fast here, so be sure to book in advance – it’s well worth the wait. Beach 67th St., 347-752-2728,

Best of NYC Beach Activities: Kitchen 21

Kitchen 21 offers several dining experiences that will keep you fueled and ready to search for sand dollars and splash around in the ocean until sundown. The Café offers simple and satisfying dishes like the Rocket Arugula Salad and the Pressed Italian sandwich. Head to the Test Kitchen for a more extensive, and constantly evolving, menu with plenty of seafood options (crab cakes, lobster rolls, and clams, to name a few) to match your beach day theme. The Community Clam Bar has lots of small and shareable plates, and the Parachute Bar boasts 32 beers on tap! 3052 W. 21st St., 718-954-9801,

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