Jones Beach State Park – Tourist Attractions in New York City
Jones Beach State Park in NYC, New York, USA
Jones Beach State Park
Jones Beach State Park is a state park of the U.S. state of New York. It is located in southern Nassau County, in the hamlet of Wantagh, on Jones Beach Island, a barrier island linked to Long Island by the Meadowbrook Parkway and Wantagh Parkway across the Great South Bay.
The park is renowned for its excellent beaches, 6.5 mi (10 km) in length, facing the open Atlantic Ocean and furnishes one of the most popular summer recreational locations for the New York City area. It is the most popular and heavily visited beach on the East Coast, estimated that over eight million people per year visit the Beach.
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, an outdoor arena in the park, is a popular musical concert venue. The park also has a 2 mi (3.2 km) long boardwalk. It once featured dining and catering facilities that are popular sites for private parties and weddings; these have been shut down
There are multiple concession stands along the boardwalk in season. A few of the larger concessions stay open past the main summer season. Beach dining and catering facilities no longer exist at Jones Beach.
The Boardwalk Cafe was a large restaurant with an expansive ocean view, built in 1966. It was demolished in 2004 due to erosion from the natural elements, and will be replaced. New construction of a multimillion ($30,000,000) dollar restaurant and catering hall are anticipated to be completed in 2008. The state will retain ownership and lease it for forty years to Donald Trump and Steven Carl, currently owner of Carlyle on the Green. It is scheduled to open in about 2009.
There are two swimming pools available for public use at Jones Beach; the West Bath House pool is traditionally open all week long, while the East Bath House pool is weekends-only.
The West Bath House is also home to a Friendly’s ice cream parlor on the upper level – the patio outside overlooks both the pool and the ocean, and there’s also a mini bandshell area.