Hither Hills State Park

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

At the weekly sandcastle and sand sculpture competition

(Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

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Type: State beach, State park, Beach, Campgrounds, Kids, Playground Price: $10 per car daily May 24-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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