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Hither Hills State Park

164 Old Montauk Highway (Route 27) 4 miles west of hamlet of Montauk Montauk, NY

Bayville resident Madeline Mullen, 6, munches on strawberries

(Credit: Photo by Emily Anne Epstein)

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Type: Kids, Beach, State beach, State park, Playground, Campgrounds Price: $10 per car daily May 23-Sept. 7 Special features: Kid friendly Description:

For the kids: Hither Hills becomes its own little community because of the collection of campsites on the north side of the dunes. A general store, a softball field and playgrounds offer diversions from the ocean. Children looking for playmates abound. Hither Hills frequently runs children's activities such as sand-castle building contests. Campers must reserve nine months in advance (800-456-2267), but daytrippers can pay the daily fee and join in the fun.

For everyone: Hiking and nature trails, saltwater fishing (bluefish and striped bass season April-December), ocean surf casting, fishing on 40-acre freshwater pond (license), two volleyball courts, sand chairs, playground, 2 picnic area, general store.

Season: All year, sunrise-sunset Beachfront: 2.5 miles on ocean Lifeguards: Call for hours

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