With summer winding down, here is a quick look at what we wrote about beaches along the North Shore, in case you were looking for one last visit to the coast.
Centre Island Beach Village Park – This Bayville beach is run by the town of Oyster Bay. It is open to residents and non-residents, and offers swimming in Oyster Bay Harbor and Long Island Sound, and a picnic area on the bay side. Nearby is Stehli Beach, a Bayville/Lattingtown beach, which is open to Town of Oyster Bay residents only, and offers swimming in Long Island Sound. Daily admission for residents without a sticker is $15.
Manorhaven Beach Park – This Port Washington spot offers a sandy beach, complete with playground. It also features a newly renovated 25,000-square-foot main pool area for residents and their guests, with admission rates varying and special reductions for volunteer firefighters, veterans and more. Manorhaven Park also provides full outdoor recreation activities, such as basketball, tennis, handball, horseshoe pits, racquetball and bocci courts and a skateboard park. Picnic areas, boat ramp and playground are available. Residents can purchase a seasonal parking pass for $40, which is also accepted at North Hempstead Beach Park; day parking is $15 for residents, $20 for nonresidents.
North Hempstead Beach Park – At this 60-acre park, you'll find a sandy beach and a promenade for residents who want to walk along the waterfront. There's also a fishing pier, boat ramp, bathhouse and concession area, along with basketball, handball and paddleball courts. This spot is also popular with beach volleyball players and for its Sunday summer concerts. Season parking rate for residents is $40, which is also accepted at Manorhaven Beach Park.
Sands Point Park and Preserve – This might be the only Long Island beach that has the distinction of having a castle in its proximity (unless you count some of those Hamptons mansions). Once the home of the Guggenheim family, Sands Point was taken over by Nassau County and these days offers educational programs, a museum and acres of hiking trails through woods, along a pond and a nearly one-mile stretch of shoreline, complete with bluffs and rocky sands. Fees are $10 per car, $2 for walk-ons, and free for members of the Friends of Sands Point Preserve.
Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park and Beach – A Syosset staple run by the town of Oyster Bay, Theodore Roosevelt offers great North Shore bathing as well as walking trails, picnic areas, and a wide array of sports fields and courts for outdoor gaming in the summer. Daily rate is $15 a day if you don't have a town sticker.
Harry Tappen Beach – A summer respite in Glen Head, Harry Tappen Beach offers swimming in Hempstead Harbor; a picnic area; racks for sunfish, sailfish and kayaks; a boat-launching ramp; a 272-slip marina, playground, swimming pool and halfcourt basketball. Run by the Town of Oyster Bay, the beach’s daily rate is $15 for those without a town sticker.