Jones Beach is where I'd take my family. I spent many blissful summer weekends here with family and friends even whenI came home sunburned). It was such an adventure piling into the station wagon with a large cooler of fried chicken, potato salad, deviled eggs and KoolAid) and driving from Queens to Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh. Couldn't wait to get my toes in the white sand and then run straight into the waves which were exhiliarating!
Jones Beach State Park is considered a world-class swimming destination offering surf bathing along its 6.5 miles of ocean beach, one-half mile of bay beach for stillwater bathing, and two swimming pools.
The west end of the park provides wonderful surf fishing, a boat basin and undeveloped areas that are home to a variety of migratory birds and native plants. The park is also home to the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, located on a barrier island beach within Jones Beach State Park. An exhibit area depicts a variety of marine habitats including the South Shore Estuary Reserve, the seashore and the dune environment. There are lots of fun things for kids to do such as touching a live live marine animal, looking through a children's microscope or playing in the kid's activity area. Outside the kids can dig up whale bones in the Discovery Bone Cove, walk through the butterfly garden or view a shipwreck. An environmental boardwalk takes you out into the dune environment to see plants and animals that live there. The little ones won't get bored here!
Jones Beach has a two mile boardwalk and a "Castles in the Sand" photo collection at the East Bathhouse which depicts the development of the Long Island State Park and parkway systems. Additional attractions include deck games and miniature golf.