I visited Sandy Point State Park for the first time today, and read reviews on the place before going. I read everything from "disgusting and full of trash" to "fabulous place for families". I was completely confused as to what to expect! I hope this review helps others that are trying to figure out if the beach part is worth the visit.
I went with 2 friends, and all our kids (7 total from ages 3-8). From a kid stand-point, they LOVED it. They had a ball in the sand and the water. The water was quite infested with sea nettle (jelly fish) and people all around us were stung. So that limited our "swimming", but the kids still had fun. I believe the amount of jelly fish in the water changes at different times of the year so a good thing to check out before going.
From an adult's stand point, it is exactly an hour from Northern VA. Easy drive, and signs help navigate for first time visitors. It costs $6/person, kids in car seats are free (this bit of info is not readily available). There was plenty of parking. The sand is orange and rocky. I preferred to keep my shoes on because I found it uncomfortable, but all the kids were perfectly fine walking in the sand barefoot in and out of the water. The water is murky brown but was cool. As said before, the massive amount of jelly fish limited our time in the water. There was some trash on the beach here and there, and we found a couple pieces of broken glass in the sand, but it was by no means filthy or disgusting. We got there at 11 on a Friday and it wasn't crowded at all. The crowds did increase later on, though I never found it obnoxious. The rest rooms were nice enough, and I liked being able to shower and change the kids before the drive home. We stayed on the beach right by the rest rooms and concessions stand.
So....all in all, for us, definitely worth the trip. It is not the nicest beach, and if it was more then 1 hour away, or I didn't have little kids, I would probably never go back. But for an easy day trip to let the kids play in the sand and water- it is definitely something we'll do again.
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