Jones Beach State Park, located near the town of Wantagh in southern New York State provides access to miles of sandy coastline, protected areas, and comfortable Jones Beach State Park cabins within sight of the wild Atlantic coastline. Hike the trails and visit the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center to learn about the marine habitats that call the beach home.
Best Hiking Trails in Jones Beach State Park
The area around Jones Beach is a wonderful place to go hiking. You can walk along the beach, see the seals who call the area home, and enjoy some people watching along the shore. Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway is a well-maintained path that's good for people on foot or with a bicycle. Jones Beach State Park cabins are perfect for ocean views near the trails.
1. Seal Spotting
There is an interesting walk along the beach where you can look for seals in the water. It begins at the Jones Beach Nature Center and is about 1.5 miles in length.
2. Ocean Parkway Coastal Greenway
Walk on a clean asphalt trail that runs along Jones Beach. It's a brisk 3.6 mile hike that is good for bikes, wheelchairs, or the simple act of walking.
3. Kings Park Hike and Bike Trail
A fascinating trail that actually goes along an abandoned railroad corridor. You will pass through the local town of Smithtown. Half of the trail has excellent shade from the local trees, but the other trail does not.
Best Family Activities in Jones Beach State Park
Jones Beach State Park has long been one of the best beach spots on Long Island. 2,400 acres of pristine beach is perfect for families. Explore the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, rock out in Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, and play around in Tobay Beach Spray Park. Get yourself one of the many beachside Jones Beach State Park hotels for your stay to enjoy the area.
1. Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center
Explore marine habitats from dunes to the South Shore Estuary Reserve with exhibits in this nature center. You can dig up whale bones in the Discovery Bone Cove and walk through a beautiful butterfly garden.
2. Northwell Heath at Jones Beach Theater
Located right on the beach, this is only one of two outdoor theaters in the New York Metropolitan area. The theater was originally opened in 1952 and hosted such performances of 'Annie Get Your Gun' and 'Finian's Rainbow.' The amphitheater can now hold up to 15,000 people and is a perfect place to spend a summers night.
3. Tobay Beach Spray Park
Relax at this play park with lots of water games for kids, a picnic area, and snack stand to pick up a cool drink or ice cream on a warm day.