Memorial Day is the official kickoff to summer, and summer means it's time to hit the beach! This week, we will feature some popular beach destinations around the U.S. for you to visit when you need a break after a busy week at your internship.
The Hamptons - A Haven for the Refined Traveler (Montauk, Riverhead, Southampton, Easthampton, Sag Harbor)
The Hamptons beaches are among some of the most picturesque the New England Atlantic coastline has to offer. Despite being a popular weekend destination, New Yorkers find tranquility in the pristine and uncrowded beaches, scenic state parks and unique towns ranging from rustic to posh, providing a much-needed escape from the city. Known for its elegant nightlife, award-winning wineries, and breathtaking state parks, the Hamptons is a popular summer destination for the rich and famous.
- Camp Hero State Park
- Theodore Roosevelt County Park
- Montauk Point Lighthouse
- Hither Hills State Park
- Aloha Surf School
- Second House Museum
- Shadmoor State Park
- Horseback Riding at Deep Hollow Ranch
- Splish Splash
- Martha Clara Vineyards
- Atlantis Marine World Aquarium
- Long Island National Golf Club
- Roanoke Vineyards
- Channing Daughters Winery
- Out East Family Fun
- Hallockville Museum Farm
- Sagpond Vineyards
- Mashomack Preserve
- Wolffer Estate
- Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum
How do I get there?
The Hamptons are approximately 1-2 hours away from midtown Manhattan depending on where your final destination is. By train from New York Penn Station, the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) offers stops in many towns: http://www.mta.info/lirr/Hamptons/CoachService.htm
By bus: the Hampton Jitney and Hamptons Luxury Liner bus services offer many destinations from various locations throughout Manhattan:
Fire Island - Fun and Funky!
The wonderfully unique Fire Island is an unspoiled island community without a hint of pretention or class distinction, setting it apart from the Hamptons. Cars are prohibited in most sections of the Island, and generations of beachgoers have found a haven in its untainted beaches and eclectic towns, each full of character.
Things to do:
- Outdoor activities
- Robert Moses State Park
- Smith Point County Park
- The Fire Island Lighthouse
How do I get there?
Approximately 1 hour- 1 ½ hours from midtown Manhattan, Fire Island is accessible only by ferry or private boat although is easily accessible via LIRR from Penn Station New York to the Bay Shore, Sayville and Patchogue station stops. The ferry terminal at Patchogue is within walking distance of the railroad station and the ferries at Bay Shore and Sayville are a short taxi ride away.
- Long Island Rail Road: http://lirr42.mta.info/
- Fire Island Ferry schedules: http://www.fireislandferries.com/schedules/
Beaches in the Boroughs
Prefer not to have to leave New York City? Below are some beach destinations in the five boroughs:
- Manhattan Beach Park, Brooklyn
- Brighton Beach, Brooklyn
Or for an alternative guide: http://nymag.com/guides/everything/brighton-beach/
- Coney Island Beach, Brooklyn
- Great Kills Park, Staten Island
- Jacob Riis Park, Queens
- South and Midland Beaches, Staten Island
- Orchard Beach and Promenade, The Bronx
- Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk, Queens
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.