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“Convenient, clean, and not too crowded”
Review of Jacob Riis Park

Jacob Riis Park
Reviewed July 5, 2013

This is our go-to city beach when we don't have a whole day or weekend to spare to fight the traffic out of town. It is very convenient by car to most of Brooklyn and Queens, with $10 all-day parking. I've never been there by public transportation but it sees like a long ride. It is much less crowded than any of the Brooklyn beaches, probably because it doesn't have all the amusement park stuff, and very clean. The end by the picnic area and playground is much more crowded than the Ft. Tilden end (the far end of the parking lot). As other posters have noted, there are not a lot of boardwalk amenities, so people come here solely to enjoy the beach, which is totally pleasant.

1. Sandy trashed the snack bar at the Ft. Tilden end, it has been temporarily replaced by food trucks. There is also a pop-up bike rental which seems popular.
2. Take note of the red flags at the Ft. Tilden end - the lifeguarded area stops considerably before the end of the beach. Families with kids should especially be aware of that.
3. If you plan on actually swimming (rather than splashing at the shoreline), make sure you know how to escape a rip tide, they are common in the Rockaways!

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank aynyc
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Reviewed July 1, 2013

Jacob Riis appears to be a highly regarded NYC beach, but to me it is a real optimistic statement.

First let's talk about the trip to get to the beach. I went to Jacob Riis by public transportation and let me say the Q35 bus (round)trip was one of the worst I've ever had. It was crowded with extremely loud high schoolers not afraid of playing their music loud, I almost ended up with a massive migraine.

Then the beach itself. The sand is clean, the water seems okay though not very engaging.
But the main problem I think with this beach is that it has a run-down, abandoned, isolated — but not in the positive in-the-middle-of-nature kind of way — feeling to it. It seems there hasn't been any kind of investment for years and there is absolutely nothing around, no shops or eating options whatsoever.

It might be a decent beach by NYC standards but in absolute terms, it's pretty average.

Date of experience: June 2013
Thank Christophe L
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Reviewed February 23, 2013

Riis Beach in my opinion is the best beach withing the 5 boroughs of NYC. It is located just past Breezy Point.\, at the begining of Queens. There is to bridge toll of about $3.50 each way. and parking is approx $8 for the day. The beach is big, clean and has a cement "boardwalk" that is about 3/4 mile long. where you can walk or ride a bicycle. The water is great with white cap waves rolling in ( towards the end of the day they get a little rough) The Cons for this beach is it can be boring. There are only two concession stands which are overpriced and serve greasy food. You should to pack your lunch and bring a cooler for beverages.At one time there was lockers with an enclosed shower but it has been closed for yrs. There are outdoor showers to rinse off sand. It can be windy so bring something lighte as a long sleeved cotton top, if you plan to stay close to sundown. There is security & lifeguards till 6pm on the beach, so it is safe
The Bar B Que area is grassy and people get there early so space is limited but they seem to having a good time. No tables or chairs provided you must bring your own plus something to provide shade.

Date of experience: August 2012
3  Thank CC S
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

The average park. Good for family outings, group events, picnics, and just relaxing. The place needs a upgrade because it is very old park.

Date of experience: August 2012
2  Thank adeianna
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

I grew up 10 minutes from the sea, so during the summer I try to visit a large body of water whenever possible. I feel very fortunate to have discovered Jacob Riis Park. It has miles of clean, soft-sand beach that's not inundated with people trying to sell you stuff. The less inhabited part of the beach by Fort Tilden is especially magical. I try to come here as often as possible, and it's accessible via MTA.

Date of experience: August 2012
2  Thank ayelet_haran
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