Best beaches for kids

Kids play at the playground at Jones Beach

(Credit: Photo by Jennifer S. Altman)

Frederick Drew of Bethpage was just 1 week old when his parents brought him for his first visit to the ocean. Denise and Danny Drew tucked their newborn in his stroller and wheeled him along the boardwalk. Sister Meghan, 22 months, got to romp on the playground next to the boards. Spending time at Jones Beach is like you're on vacation, Denise Drew says.

Kids like to feel like they're on vacation, too, and at these beaches, it's kid paradise.

- Compiled by Beth Whitehouse

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  • Jones Beach (2400 Ocean Pwy., Wantagh) is the

    Jones Beach State Park Latin music, Surfing, Playground, Kids, Fishing Venues, Miniature Golf, State park, State beach, Miniature Golf, Amphitheater 2400 Ocean Pkwy Wantagh Jones Beach is the crown jewel of Long Island beaches. It has everything you need ...

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    Robert Moses State Park Miniature Golf, Birding, Kids, Pitch and putt, State park, State beach Robert Moses Causeway Sagtikos Parkway south to Robert Moses Causeway to western Fire Island Fire Island Park's 875 acres center on its 5mile beach, with 4 bathhouses, and a nearby boat ...

  • The playground at Crab Meadow Beach (off Waterside

    Crab Meadow Beach Playground, Kids, City and Town beach off Waterside Avenue Northport Crab Meadow Beach in Northport has everything that a family with kids needs to have ...

  • Sailors Haven (Fire Island National Seashore, Fire Island)

    Sailors Haven Marinas, Kids, Hiking, Birding Fire Island National Seashore Fire Island Perfect for boaters, daytrippers, nature enthusiasts, families ...

  • A prepared beach-goer heads into Cupsogue.

    Cupsogue Beach County Park Kids, County park, County beach Dune Road Westhampton Considered by nature watchers to be an excellent spot to catch wild seals in action, ...

  • Eugene Nickerson Beach offers visitors much more than

    Eugene Nickerson Beach Kids, Playground, County beach 880 Lido Blvd. Lido Beach Cabanas, 2 pools (fee), 2 tennis courts,soccer fields (fee), basketball court, playgrounds, handball and paddleball, ...

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    Orient Beach State Park Playground, Kids, State park, State beach 40000 Main Road (Route 25) Orient The 357-acre park offers 8 miles of shoreline including wilderness areas ideal for shell collecting, ...

  • Gov. Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park Playground, Golf Courses, Kids, Driving range, Public, State beach, State park at north end of Sunken Meadow State Parkway Kings Park This 1,288-acre beachfront park on Long Island Sound features a 3/4 mile boardwalk and a ...

  • Ocean Beach, NY. (Aug. 11, 2014)

    Ocean Beach Playground, City and Town beach, Village beach Fire Island Hamlet in the Town of Islip. Located on Fire Island. ...

  • Bayville resident Madeline Mullen, 6, munches on strawberries

    Hither Hills State Park Kids, Beach, Playground, Campgrounds, State park, State beach 164 Old Montauk Highway (Route 27) 4 miles west of hamlet of Montauk Montauk Major lure at this 1,755-acre park is camping along a beautiful stretch of the Atlantic; ...

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