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Latin dancing, music, movies, mini-golf and more out on the boardwalks

Bikers on the Long Beach boardwalk in Long

Bikers on the Long Beach boardwalk in Long Beach. Credit: Marisol Diaz

The setting of the sun doesn’t mean the end of the fun at Long Island beaches. At Jones Beach and Long Beach, the party keeps going well after dusk with music, sports and highflying entertainment for the entire family.


Live entertainment

Be entertained any day of the week at the Jones Beach bandshell as part of the long-running series of free concerts, movies, dancing and other events.

The lineup includes Christian music (Monday), children’s events (Tuesday), line dancing and fitness sessions (Wednesday), magic shows and movie screenings (Thursday) and tribute bands (Friday and Saturday).

“I’ve been coming to listen for the past 20 or 25 years,” said Willy Randolph of Levittown on a recent Friday night, when Reckoning, a Grateful Dead tribute band, performed. “I like the atmosphere — the free, outdoor feeling.”

WHEN | WHERE Daily at various times through Sept. 4 (check website for complete schedule), Jones Beach bandshell

INFO Free; 516-785-1600

Latin nights

Boardwalk visitors get into the rhythms of Latin music each Sunday. The weekly celebrations feature bachata, merengue, reggaeton, salsa and samba.

Maria Morales, 20, of Glen Cove says she’s become a regular at the outdoor party. There is no formal instruction, she says, but attendees are happy to share tips on dance steps.

“It’s always a good time, and it attracts a lot of people,” Morales said.

WHEN | WHERE Sundays at 7 p.m. through Sept. 4, along the boardwalk west of the Central Mall

INFO Free; 516-785-1600

Miniature golf, paddleball and shuffleboard

Putt, paddle or do the shuffle. Sports fans have their choice of miniature golf courses, shuffleboard and paddleball tables. There’s also a playground for the kids.

WHEN | WHERE Mini golf, paddleball and shuffleboard daily 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., along the boardwalk west of the Central Mall

INFO Paddleball and shuffleboard: $2 court fee per person for 30 minutes and $2 equipment deposit per person. Mini golf: $5 a person.


I.FLY Trapeze

Learn to let go at this recreational flying trapeze and circus arts school that offers beginner, intermediate and prerequisite lessons for thrill seekers as young as 4.

The 90-minute beginner course teaches timing and technique, such as how to get your legs on the trapeze bar. Intermediate flyers are taught poses and more advanced techniques with an emphasis on ideal form, double foot locks, crossbacks and hip keys.

There’s also a two-hour yoga and flying trapeze class that begins with 30 minutes of meditation.

Natalia Levinskaya took her first trapeze course at I.FLY in May with her children — Emily, 5, and Jason, 3. “I knew I’d like it, I just didn’t realize how much,” said Levinskaya of Woodbury. “It’s like riding a bike — seems impossible at first, but once you try it, you want to go back again and again. Everyone should try it at least once.”

WHEN | WHERE Opens noon Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, classes end by 9 p.m.; check website before going, Riverside Boulevard at the Long Beach boardwalk

INFO $60 trapeze class, $70 yoga-trapeze class; 516-640-1579,

Can You Escape LI?

On your mark, get set, sleuth.

This mobile escape room can fit two to six players, who work together to crack codes, identify clues and solve puzzles to exit the trailer in 30 minutes. Players younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

WHEN | WHERE 4-9 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1 Riverside Blvd.

INFO $15 for a 30-minute session; 516-246-9939,

Miniature golf and bocce

Shoes are optional at Barefoot Minigolf, which hosts competitive and casual bocce (leagues meet Tuesday through Thursday nights) each summer as well as mini-golf courses perfect for puttering.

WHEN | WHERE 2-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 2 Riverside Blvd.

INFO $10 adults, $7 children ages 13 and younger; 516-897-7263,

Bicycle Rentals

This summer, SoBi debuted new bikes, stations and more user-friendly signups at Long Beach, including an option to make reservations via mobile app or online.

INFO $8 an hour, $50 for the season;

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