Perched on the South Shore of Long Island and the hometown of actor Billy Crystal, Long Beach offers families 3.5 miles of pristine beaches with powder-fine sand and a boardwalk that extends more than two miles. Damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Long Beach is renovating the boardwalk and restoring its facilities back to their original condition. For families staying in New York City, the island's sandy shores and cool waves might seem like a world away, but Long Beach is actually under an hour by train from both Manhattan and Brooklyn. Families flock here year after year to create unforgettable memories together on the beach.
Although the beach is the main attraction in Long Beach, families will find plenty of indoor fun too. The Long Island Children's Museum provides hours of hands-on learning and exploring for children of all ages. Local bounce houses, laser tag, arcades and ice skating on the NHL-sized rink at the Long Beach Ice Arena keep families happy and busy rain or shine.