15 Best Things To Do In Long Beach, New York - Updated 2022

things to do in long beach new york
Philip
Philip 
Updated

With mile after mile of inviting sands, Long Beach in New York certainly lives up to its name. Dubbed the ‘City By The Sea’, this barrier island community sits off the southern coast of New York’s famous Long Island. It owes its existence to its success as a late 19th and early 20th-century coastal resort. ­Despite the dawn of the jet age and overseas travel, visitors continue to be drawn to it to this day. Naturally, for such a sandy section of coastline, its beaches are a particular highlight, with the likes of Ocean Beach Park, Nickerson Beach Park, and the Long Beach Boardwalk all proving popular destinations within the city. Indeed, the latter was recently extensively rebuilt after damage during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Other activities you can enjoy include everything from surfing to a little family-fun at one of the popular free play parks. Whatever your travel plans, there’s plenty you can enjoy during your visit. Read on for a list of things to do in Long Beach, New York.

1. Tour the archives at Long Beach Historical & Preservation Society

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

The Museum of the Long Beach Historical & Preservation Society. ©2017

Posted by Long Beach Historical Society on Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Housed inside one of the summer villas, dating back to the dawn of the 20th century, this museum preserves the historic touches of the site. These include several noteworthy large stained glass windows. Run by the Long Beach and Historical Preservation Society, the museum also features many notable pieces of Long Beach history – from original boardwalk benches to plaques. The site is also home to small a gift shop for picking up souvenirs. And, if you time your visit right, you may also enjoy one of its occasional special events such as art and craft fairs.

Long Beach Historical & Preservation Society

Address: 226 West Penn Street, Long Beach, NY 11561

Website: Long Beach Historical & Preservation Society

Opening hours: Sun: 1pm - 4pm

Price: Free

2. Buy souvenirs at Frippery

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Frippery on Tuesday, July 27, 2021

If it’s memorable and unique knick-knacks and fashionable accessories you’re looking for, head to Frippery. This stylish shop, in East Park Avenue, sells everything from watches, belts, bags, and bracelets, to necklaces, bangles, leggings, and tunics. What’s more, it’s open well into the evening, giving you added time to swing by while enjoying your sightseeing. It’s also handy as its located near the Long Beach railway station - meaning train passengers will be able to pick up last-minute souvenirs before they depart.

Frippery

Address: 140 E Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561

Website: Frippery

Opening hours: Mon - Wed: 11am - 7pm; Thu: 11am - 8pm; Fri - Sat: 11am - 7pm; Sun: 12pm - 5pm

3. Bike around Magnolia Playground

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

Sporting a brand new makeover, after being restored from damage created by Hurricane Sandy back in 2012, this playground is full of fun-filled play equipment - all based around the theme of pirates and surf. Equipment includes a pirate ‘shipwreck’ with ladders, slides and climbing bars, while the wider playground also sports bouncy equipment, swings, a see-saw and more. The wide area is dotted with striking sea and wave-themed artwork that’ll appeal to grown-ups. Even better, its position near to the boardwalk means you could stop off at the playpark for a visit while enjoying a family bike ride along the shore.

Magnolia Playground

Address: 164-170 West Broadway, Long Beach, NY 11561

Website: Magnolia Playground

Opening hours: 6am - 7pm (daily)

Price: Free

4. Dance it out at Minnesota's Grill & Bar

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

This popular bar and grill has been winning fans among local diners and visitors for 25 years. It features a range of American-style dishes as well as several rooms and a patio on which to enjoy some al fresco dining, should the weather allow. Along with daily specials and open-bar Sunday sports packages, the bar also plays host to live music and features a dance floor. The menu ranges from hot and cold seafood dishes to chicken, salads and hot wing buckets for sharing. There are also child menu options.

Minnesota's Grill & Bar

Address: 959 West Beech Street, Long Beach, NY 11561

Website: Minnesota’s Grill & Bar

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 12pm - 12am; Sat - Sun: 11am - 12am

5. Try pottery painting at Earth Arts Long Beach

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


Whether you fancy trying your hand at a little creativity, or have little ones and want to find something to channel their energy, you may wish to factor a visit to Earth Arts into your travel plans. You can walk in off the street at any time and paint your own pottery - making for a lasting and unique memento for yourself or loved ones. The shop, in West Park Avenue, also runs a mix of adult workshops, kids art classes, and even art camps. Group parties - such as children’s birthdays and adult-only groups can also be accommodated by arrangement.

Earth Arts Long Beach

Address: 162 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY 11561

Website: Earth Arts Long Beach

Opening hours: Sun - Mon: 12pm - 5pm; Tue - Fri: 12pm - 7pm; Sat: 11pm - 7pm

6. Relish tacos at Shoregasboard Food Truck Market

Editor's Note: There's no photo available at the time of writing

If you’re planning on exploring Long Beach, then you’ll likely spot this popular food truck location in Riverside Boulevard. If it’s tacos you’re after, then Sugo’s with its fish tacos is one such spot. Lido Kosher Deli’s hot dogs and pastrami sandwiches, to Tutti Frutti’s smoothies, and The Long Beach Wellness Cafe’s organic and gluten-free options (including wraps) are just some of the other truck food outlets. What’s more, there’s plenty of seats and parking and it’s open until 9 pm. This gives you ample chance to pick up some tasty treats, whatever time you roll by.

Shoregasboard Food Truck Market

Address: 1 Riverside Boulevard, Long Beach, NY 11561

Website: Shoregasboard Food Truck Market

Opening hours: Mon - Fri - 11.30am - 9pm; Sat - Sun: 9.30am - 9pm

7. Stroll through the Long Beach boardwalk

Boardwalk and beach in NY
Source: Photo by Flickr user pml2008 used under CC BY-SA 2.0

No visit to the ocean is complete without a seaside stroll, and Long Beach certainly lives up to its name when it comes to its popular boardwalk. The new boardwalk - which was rebuilt in 2013 - runs for 2.2 miles (3.5 km) of the beach’s 3.3 miles (5.3 km) length. This means you could make a real walk/hike of it if you wish to - stopping off at the various spots along the way as you see fit. Just remember that no pets are allowed at this Long Beach, NY, attraction, and you may need to pick up a pass to access the beach itself at weekends (and daily during the height of summer).

Long Beach boardwalk

Address: Long Beach, NY 11561, USA

8. Take a surfing class with Skudin Surf School

Millie Harper surfing - July 19, 2013
Source: Photo by Flickr user Dennis Harper used under CC BY-ND 2.0

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Sticking with the seafront, if you want to make more of your trip to the Atlantic coast, then how about trying your hand at a little surfing? Skudin Surf offers a range of classes and camps for children and adults alike. You can also choose from private one-to-one tuition to semi-private and public classes - depending on your confidence level in the water. And, furthermore, the experienced teachers can also host special events, such as birthday party groups or even corporate team building sessions. Tempted to give it a whirl?

Skudin Surf School

Address: 2 Riverside Blvd, Long Beach, NY 11561

Website: Skudin Surf School

Opening hours: 8am - 6pm (daily)

Price: 100 USD

9. Indulge in fun activities at Liddle Bites

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


Give your little ones a treat with a visit to this self-styled “play cafe”. It features everything from a life-size dollhouse to an indoor play area, with lots of different toys that are suitable for toddlers up to children aged 8. It also hosts a range of special classes and events - from mother and child ballet and music fun, to monster-themed fancy dress - so keep an eye on its calendar to see what event might coincide with your visit. There is also a range of pre-packed snacks and drinks available to eat in the cafe, should you and your children feel peckish.

Liddle Bites Play Cafe

Address: 132 East Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY 11561

Website: Liddle Bites Play Cafe

Opening hours: Mon - Tue: 10am - 5pm; Wed: 12pm - 5pm; Thu - Fri: 10am - 5pm; Sat - see calendar (closed on Sun)

Price: 10 USD

10. Enjoy ice cream at Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Speaking of peckish, indulge that sweet tooth of yours with a visit to Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices. Ideal for a cool treat on a hot summer day, Ralph’s operates out of no fewer than 80 outlets - including three close to, or within, Long Beach. This outlet in West Park Avenue (there’s another in West Beech Street) serves no fewer than 30 different water ices, from classics like cherry to rainbow, root beer and even passion fruit - all of which are fat and cholesterol-free. And, if you prefer to indulge in something more calorific, then the likes of hot fudge brownie and chocolate chip cookie are among the top 10 ‘signature sundaes’ to enjoy, alongside a range of drinks and toppings.

Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices

Address: 8 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, N& 11561

Website: Ralph’s Famous Italian Ices

Opening hours: 11am - 12am (daily)

11. Sunbathe at Ocean Beach Park

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Effective 6/27/20, the City of Long Beach Ocean Beach Park will be officially open and staffed by our lifeguards seven...

Posted by City of Long Beach, New York (OFFICIAL) on Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Come through if you don’t know what to do in Long Beach, NY! If your visit coincides with the warm summer months then you will no doubt seek to hit the beach for a little sunbathing and relaxation in a safe and family-friendly location. Well, Ocean Park Beach, as with others in Long Beach, is a smoke-free zone. Alcohol, glass bottles and animals are also prohibited from the beach and boardwalk - for added safety for you and your little ones. And, speaking of safety, there are lifeguards on site, and swimming is barred when they aren’t present. Just remember that beach passes - available from several locations - will likely be required during your visit, so make sure to pick them up first.

Ocean Beach Park

Address: 300 West Broadway, Long Beach, NY 11561

Website: Ocean Beach Park

Opening hours: 9am - 6pm (daily)

Price: 15 USD (non-resident beach pass); 12 USD (resident beach pass)

12. Bring your kids to the play area at Clark Street Playground

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

As has been posted at Clark Street Park, the Park will be closed this Thursday July 16 & Friday, July 17. Heavy...

Posted by City of Long Beach, New York (OFFICIAL) on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

While the beach will no doubt be fun for you and the family, if you’d rather keep to dry land, then why not swing by the playground at Clark Street. Spending the day here with your family is one of the best Long Beach, NY, activities. These free facilities are located within the Canal neighborhood, not far from the bay, and feature colorful play equipment - including a large jungle gym with slides, bridges and monkey bars - as well as spray features for cooling off on hot days.

Clark Street Playground

Address: 94 Clark St, Long Beach, NY 11561

Website: Clark Street Playground

Opening hours: 8am - 6pm (daily)

13. Eat delicious wraps at Long Beach Bagel Café

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


A fixture at the Long Island food scene, the Long Island Bagel Cafe operates out of nine different locations, including this one in Long Beach’s East Park Avenue. Perfect for a little food on the go, it offers a menu featuring a range of bagels, breakfasts, paninis, sandwiches, soups, and salads. Naturally, there is a range of wrap options too - from diced grilled chicken to vegetable tuna served in a mix of plain, whole wheat, garlic and herb, and low-carb wraps. There are also many breakfast wraps too - ideal for setting you up for the day.

Long Beach Bagel Café

Address: 757 East Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY 11561

Website: Long Beach Bagel Café

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 5am - 8pm; Sun: 5am - 6pm

14. Drink cocktails at Jetty Bar & Grill

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


Looking to enjoy some fancy drinks and make an evening of it? Jetty Bar and Grill in West Beech Street may be an option for you. Along with the usual drink selection you’d expect from a bar, Jetty also serves drink specials on Throwback Thursdays, which also feature three-hours of live acoustic music in the evening. Speaking of live music, you’ll also enjoy it on several evenings, including Friday nights and late Sunday afternoons. There’s an extensive menu, should you plan on picking up some food before partying well into the evening.

Jetty Bar & Grill

Address: 832 West Beech Street, Long Beach, NY 11561

Website: Jetty Bar & Grill

Opening hours: Tue - Thu: 4pm - 12am; Fri: 12pm - 2am; Sat: 12pm - 4am; Sun: 12pm - 2am (closed on Mon)

15. Enjoy live music at Speakeasy

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account


Speaking of music, the Speakeasy in West Beech Street styles itself as “your small-town bar with big city tastes” and it hosts live sessions every Friday at 10 pm. With the music and the bar’s lounge-like atmosphere, the site also features large plasma-screen TVs for catching up on sports and an extensive food menu. Speakeasy offers daily specials alongside a range of burgers, sandwiches and sharing options for you and your friends or family.

Speakeasy

Address: 1032 West Beech Street, Long Beach, NY 11561

Website: Speakeasy

Opening hours: Sun - Thu: 12pm - 2am; Fri - Sat: 12pm - 4am

Enjoy an amazing visit to Long Beach

Long Beach
Source: Photo by user Shinya Suzuki used under CC BY 2.0

Be it live music, the pleasures of a good beach or family-fun for you and your little ones - there’s plenty of places to go in Long Beach, NY. These are just some of the possibilities available to enjoy. So, what will you get up to during your stay on the Atlantic coast?

Disclosure: Trip101 selects the listings in our articles independently. Some of the listings in this article contain affiliate links.

Get Trip101 in your inbox

Unsubscribe in one click. See our privacy policy for more information on how we use your data

I'm a writer and photographer based in the heart of the beautiful Scottish Highlands. A professional journalist by trade, I have written for and edited several newspapers, magazines and websites....Read more

 Want to contribute as a Local Expert?
Explore Long Beach
Looking for accommodation?
Good things are meant to be shared!