Orient Beach State Park

40000 Main Road (Route 25) Orient, NY 631-323-2440

Long Islanders sit on the beach at Orient

(Credit: Newsday / Tony Jerome)

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Price: $10 a car daily June 27- Labor Day; $8 per car daily holidays May 23-June 26 and weekends and holidays Sept. 12-Columbus Day Weekend Description:

For the kids: The beach is on Gardiners Bay, so the water is calmer for the kiddies. Kayak launch and rentals are available. The playground is on the beachfront.

Orient Beach is a shell-collecting paradise. "It has the most shells available of any state park beach," says George Gorman, deputy regional director of Long Island State Parks. The picnic areas include barbecue grills.

Also at Orient Beach: 2 sand wheelchairs, pavilion (party rentals available), gazebo, hiking, Roy Latham sel-guided maritime forest trail, Long Beach Trail, bathhouse, showers, comfort station, food concession, surf fishing, bocce, horseshoe area, volleyball, croquet, badminton, shuffleboard and gift shop.

Hours: Park open daily year round 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. through Mar. 27, then to 6:30 p.m. Mar. 28-May 22 and 8 p.m. May 23 through Labor Day. Swimming permitted 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. June 21-Labor Day Season: All year Beachfront: 300-foot swimming area on Gardiners Bay Lifeguards: 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. June 27-Labor Day