From the well-known Coney Island Beach to tucked-away retreats, New York City's shoreline is an interesting place to explore. Just 48 miles outside of Manhattan, Robert Moses State Park offers five miles of beautiful shoreline, a historic lighthouse, and a long list of fun things to do on Long Island. Once vacationers arrive in scenic Suffolk County, they will find an array of exciting things to do along the South Shore within the boundaries of the state park and beyond.
This attraction in Babylon, Long Island, stretches from Democrat Point to the western boundary of Fire Island National Seashore. Part of the park is located on the mainland, while the rest crosses over to a barrier island. It's named after a master builder who was instrumental in setting aside this land as a protected park. Moses, an urban planner, made developed communities in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County. He was instrumental in the design of many New York icons, including the Coney Island Beach and Landmark and Orchard Beach in the Bronx.
Today, two state parks bear the name of Robert Moses. The other is located in the Thousand Islands region, way up state along the St. Lawrence River. The Long Island park draws nearly 3.5 million people a year who come to enjoy the New York beaches and scenic setting. When spending time at the Robert Moses State Park beaches or any of the other park facilities, visitors will be treated to amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Great South Bay.
The 5.5 miles of Robert Moses State Park beaches are popular places for swimming, strolling, angling, surfing, and relaxing. The park also has a marina, boat launches, food service, tennis courts, a playground, and a miniature golf course.
A scenic boardwalk leads right from of one of the parking lots to Lighthouse Beach and the Fire Island Lighthouse. This historic and preserved beacon now offers interesting exhibits, interpretive programs, guided tours, and a nature trail. The view from the top is quite amazing, especially at sunset.
Robert Moses State Park is open from sunrise to sunset year round, but only for people. Fido needs to stay at home as pets aren't allowed.
In the winter, the Robert Moses State Park beaches transform into an interesting place for snowshoeing, watching for wildlife, and admiring the winter scenery. Snowmobiling is another favorite winter pastime.
The Robert Moses Causeway provides access to auto traffic through a tunnel under the Eisenhower Lock. Once they've crossed Great South Bay, visitors will find that plenty of parking is available onsite for a small fee. Suffolk Transportation operates a bus route from the train station. The Babylon Branch route of the Long Island Rail Road begins in Penn Station and continues through communities including Jamaica, Freeport, and Massapequa before making its final stop in the Babylon closest to Robert Moses State Park.
Along with Robert Moses State Park and Fire Island National Seashore, Long Island visitors have an array of choices for enjoying time on the beach. An hour's drive or ferry ride away, Main Beach in East Hampton is known for its sand dunes as much for the celebrities who summer in the Hamptons. Back in Queens, Rockaway Beach is another choice for a Long Island beach.