Walk, ride bikes or use strollers on the boardwalk in Long...

Walk, ride bikes or use strollers on the boardwalk in Long Beach. Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Long Island's boardwalks are primed for sunrise jogs, sunset strolls and everything in between.

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JONES BEACH STATE PARK, WANTAGH

Jones Beach is Long Island's iconic boardwalk. Its 2-mile stretch has buzz morning, noon and night. Come summer, it's a bona fide destination even if you don't have plans to hit the sand. Play miniature golf, pickleball, boccie ball, paddle tennis, table tennis, cornhole, shuffleboard or basketball. Buy a snack at the concessions located at Field 6, East Bathhouse, Central Mall (Field 4), West Bathhouse, Field 2 or Field 1. West of Central Mall, the Bandshell provides free summer concerts by tribute bands. Just east of Central Mall, there's a Splash Pad area for kids and WildPlay Adventure Park with zip lines and aerial games. The main areas of the park stay open from dawn to midnight from June 26 to Labor Day.

LONG BEACH BOARDWALK

The Long Beach boardwalk is a traditional spot to sit and watch the world go by — benches line its bustling 2.2 miles for those who want to enjoy the ocean vistas. You can walk, run or bike (the latter on a designated lane). In the summer, vendors line the promenade and you can walk into the Allegria Hotel for breakfast or a late-night cocktail. Playgrounds, concessions and comfort stations are available along the way.

SEA CLIFF BOARDWALK, THE BOULEVARD, SEA CLIFF

Imposing Victorian houses overlook this 1,000-foot-long promenade on Hempstead Harbor. Park next to the retaining wall, head-in parking only, and enjoy a picture-postcard view of moored sailboats. A concession stand sells breakfast and lunch from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial Day to June 25 weekend and holidays, daily June 26 to Labor Day until 9 p.m. Sunbathe on a bench or climb the steep steps for a workout at the south end of the walkway.

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CAPTREE STATE PARK, BAY SHORE

Maritime Long Island is on display along the boardwalk at the Ocean Parkway’s eastern end. On a breezy stroll, you’ll pass Long Island’s largest public fishing fleet (open boats board on the hour for fluke and striped bass), a restaurant and snack bar, picnic areas and a bait and tackle shop. Turn left at the bait shop to continue your walk on one of the park’s fishing piers, where anglers use traps to haul in blue claw crabs. At the end of the walkway, Fire Island Lighthouse can be seen across shimmering Great South Bay.

SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARK BOARDWALK, KINGS PARK 

The 3⁄4-mile boardwalk on Long Island Sound bustles at sunrise as walkers and joggers log their steps and refill their water bottles at the hydration station located near the main concession. Instagrammers will appreciate the beautiful beach panorama bookended by high bluffs. If you decide to take a swim, showers are located at the boardwalk. The main concession stand at the boardwalk entrance opens daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The park closes at sunset.

AMMANN PARK/PECONIC RIVERFRONT PARK, RIVERHEAD

The 1,600-foot Peconic River boardwalk — or, if you will, river walk — is just off Main Street, between Peconic Avenue and The Long Island Aquarium. Your stroll takes you past two gazebos, moored boats and bird life in the river shallows. There are no boardwalk concessions, but Main Street has plenty of eateries to choose from to complement the cozy picnic area.

The boardwalk at Captree State Park connects visitors to parking,...

The boardwalk at Captree State Park connects visitors to parking, a bait and tackle shop, fishing piers and more. Credit: Daniel Goodrich

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