3 Beaches You Can Take the Train to From Manhattan
I bet one place you didn’t think you could visit after your Intensive English classes at Pace University by train was the beach!
New York City is conveniently connected to 14-miles of beaches by public transportation. While our shoreline may not have the picturesque beaches of Thailand or Southern California, we do have A LOT of fun at the beach! Beach season in New York City is Memorial Day (end of May) through Labor Day (first week of September) and is a hassle-free way to relax after classes.
Our students at the English Language Institute enjoy having Fridays off from classes during the Summer and often play volleyball, watch concerts, enjoy movies, or even surf at the local beaches. Are your friends not as interested in the beach as you are? Keep an eye out on our Student Life Activities Calendar for a Pace trip to the beach with your classmates!
Below are my 3 favorite beaches in the New York City area.
#1 Coney Island
Quite possibly New York City’s most famous beach and original amusement park, Coney Island in Brooklyn has a special place in every New Yorker’s heart. Most of us grew up taking the subway to Coney Island to ride the Cyclone roller coaster or have the famous Nathan’s hot dogs.
Coney Island has a large boardwalk and beach set against one of New York City’s most iconic parks. There are arcade games, bumper cars, the Wonder Wheel, roller coasters, the New York Aquarium, and more! Did you watch the Beyoncé video for XO? She filmed it at Coney Island!
Coney Island also has fireworks and outdoor movies throughout the Summer so you will definitely want to check the schedule in case you want to watch!
#2 Asbury Park
If you want to visit the famous Jersey Shore (yes, the same one from the MTV reality show), Asbury Park is a great introduction.
Asbury Park in New Jersey features a boardwalk with restaurants, shopping, and events that have a little bit of something for everyone. The town of Asbury Park is famous for it’s connection to the arts and music.
The Stone Pony has a huge stage during the Summer with musical acts every weekend. This is the place that launched the careers of Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen! What I really like about Asbury Park is that it’s perfect for groups of friends. You can hang out in the water, work on your tan, walk along the boardwalk and shop, walk into town and grab lunch, stop by the farmers market, and head back to the sand to catch up with friends.
#3 Rockaway Beach
The surfing capital of New York City! Yes, you read that correctly.
Far Rockaway is a neighborhood on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens and is the ONLY legal surfing beach in the 5 boros. As a result of the surf culture, this seaside neighborhood has a very relaxed and friendly vibe.
Far Rockaway beach easy to get to by the A train or NYC ferries. Both the subway and ferries that go there are accessible within walking distance from Pace!
During the Summer months, you can eat, dance to live DJs, shop, and enjoy different free festivals every weekend along the newly constructed boardwalk. What makes Far Rockaway Beach very unique is that it is a short bus ride to Fort Tilden which features outdoor hiking, some of the city’s best bird watching, and even more beach with the connected Jacob Riis Park.
Don’t forget to take surfing lessons with your friends when you visit Far Rockaway!