Eugene Nickerson Beach
880 Lido Blvd. Lido Beach, NY 516-571-7700
$30 with Leisure Pass, available to Nassau residents, daily parking $12 Memorial Day-Labor Day; without pass, fee is $35. For more, see websiteDescription:
Nickerson has "The Fun Zone," designed to be a family-friendly area for toddlers through teens in Lido Beach.
At the south end is a playground area, in the middle, a basketball court. The north end has a skate park with seven ramps and two rails that is often filled with tweens and teens. "If you've got a fairly wide age span of kids, you can watch your toddler in the playground area and have your older child play ball or go to the skate park," says David Ring, a spokesman for Nassau County Parks. "It's a fun day and a little less hectic than Jones Beach."
Head to the beach area, where bathrooms and a concession area are available, including a Nathan's Hot Dog stand.
For the dogs: This large park, beside the sand dunes, is one of the busier dog runs on the Island. There's a raised cement platform with seating and a user-installed agility area where dogs can try basic obstacles. A separate small-dog area is sometimes used as a "doggy timeout" for canines that get too rambunctious.Beachfront:
Half-mile on oceanLifeguards:
mid-June to Labor Day