Cedar Beach (Babylon)
Ocean Parkway off Wantagh or Robert Moses Parkways. Babylon, NY 631-893-2100
Residents pay an annual fee for a recreational pass that can be purchased at Cedar Marina on Ocean Parkway, Phelps Lane Park in North Babylon (May 11-June 24) or Tanner Park in Copiague after June 24. See townofbabylon.com or call 631-893-2100 for prices and times for facilities.Description:
Upon entering Cedar Beach, the first thing I noticed was a woman fighting the wind as she set up a birthday party at the Beach Hut picnic tables. Her name was Maureen Armata and she happened to be the Dock Master at Cedar Beach Marina just across Ocean Parkway. It also happened to be her son's 17th birthday.
"We always have a great time here," she said. "We'll eat plenty of lobster, listen to some free music, and watch the volleyball tonight."
Surfing and fishing are allowed outside of swim areas, and body boarding is welcome anywhere. The wide open space also includes a playground for the little ones.
--Nina Marie RuggieroBeachfront:
3/4-mile on oceanLifeguards:
10 a.m.-6 p.m weekends May 28-June 19, then daily 9 a.m.-7 p.m. June 25-Sept. 5.