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“Rocky beach hideway with a nice picnic/field area” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sunken Meadow State Park

Sunken Meadow State Park
State Highway 25A, Kings Park, NY
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Kings Park
Type: State Parks, Outdoors
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Phoenixville, PA
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“Rocky beach hideway with a nice picnic/field area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

First some tips:

1. Bring water shoes if you have them, as the beach consists of small pebbles which can be painful on the feet. We found that walking down to the water with our flip flops was helpful.

2. There are two (at least) consession and bathroom areas. The larger one has showers. They are cold, but in a separate room, so you can actually shower and change your clothes to get the sand off. The smaller consession area has bathrooms and food, with outdoor showers.

3. Bring some sporting equipment and a grill. There are several nice large fields, basketball nets and nice playground area for the kids, and lots of nice shade trees. We were one of many families grilling.

4. Get there early for the best spot!

Now the review: We went here with my wife and two small children, along with some extended family. We were pleasantly surprised to find such a spacious beautiful park right next to the beach. The $10.00 fee for the parking/admission per car was very reasonable. The beach is made up of little pebbles which can be painful on the feet, but a pair of water shoes/flip flops took care of it. No real waves on this beach, and the depth of the water is pretty steady for at least 20 feet from the shore, which is nice for beginning swimmers. I will say that I had to intervene in an emergency, since the lifeguards didn't seem to be paying attention to the water, or to the semi-conscious guy that did a face plant next to us (10 feet from the lifeguard stand)

The bathrooms are pretty disgusting, and the showers are under renovation, so perhaps they are going to get better. We did see a lot of staff, and the park area itself, including grounds, playgrounds, and beach were very well kept and clean. There is also a hiking/nature area which we didn't expore. We would definitely go again.

Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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“it's ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

After reading nice things about this place, decided to give it a try instead of the usual Robert Moses State Park. The playground area is large and nice for kids. However, I felt that the beach was not as clean as I expected it to be and saw paper napkins in the water which made the water look pretty dirty. I don't think I'll be going back.

Visited August 2013
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Farmingdale, NY
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“SMSP... A Good Beach and more”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The park is a nice place to spend a summer day. It has a calm beach, a golf course, and picnic grounds.

Visited August 2013
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east northport
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“Great boardwalk!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

we love to take a stroll on the boardwalk in the afternoon. The beach is well maintained. On weekends it is very crowded so we avoid visiting on those days. Wed. nights is a Lobster Fest and live music. We have not tried the food but the entertainment is always enjoyable.

Visited July 2013
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ny
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“One of Long Island's 'Natural Gems'!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Began yesterday, Saturday, morning with a bargain-rate Yoga class at the East Pavilion -- 9:30am and I got one of the dozen-closest parking slots (Parking Field 3). An hour later, the 1.5-mile-long boardwalk still was not crowded, but merely 'active' with dozens of my neighbors. Lifeguards had fully occupied their towers, and the dozen+ "beach volleball" courts had set their nets up for the day's plays. NO boomboxes on the beach , but only in the strips of parkland adjacent to the *ample* parking-lots.
You wanna see a couple thousands of your neighbors enjoying themselves, this's the place to be.

Visited June 2013
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