Best beaches for kids

Kids play at the playground at Jones Beach

(Credit: Photo by Jennifer S. Altman)

Frederick Drew of Bethpage was just 1 week old when his parents brought him for his first visit to the ocean. Denise and Danny Drew tucked their newborn in his stroller and wheeled him along the boardwalk. Sister Meghan, 22 months, got to romp on the playground next to the boards. Spending time at Jones Beach is like you're on vacation, Denise Drew says.

Kids like to feel like they're on vacation, too, and at these beaches, it's kid paradise.

- Compiled by Beth Whitehouse

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    Beachgoers hit the shores at Jones Beach on

    Jones Beach State Park State beach, State park, Beach, Amphitheater, Latin music, Miniature Golf, Fishing, Surfing, Kids, Playground, Miniature Golf 2400 Ocean Pkwy Wantagh Jones Beach is the crown jewel of Long Island beaches. It has everything you need ...

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    Giselle Urena of Manhattan (back) and friend, Cheyra

    Robert Moses State Park State beach, State park, Pitch and putt, Beach, Kids, Miniature Golf, Birding Robert Moses Causeway Sagtikos Parkway south to Robert Moses Causeway to western Fire Island Fire Island Park's 875 acres center on its five-mile beach, with 4 bathhouses, and a nearby boat ...

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    Danielle Vincent of Commack walks with children Dean,

    Crab Meadow Beach City and Town beach, Beach, Kids, Playground off Waterside Avenue Northport Crab Meadow Beach in Northport has everything that a family with kids needs to have ...

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    Inside the Sunken Forest at Sailors Haven on

    Sailors Haven Great South Bay, Marinas, Birding, Hiking, Beach, Kids Fire Island National Seashore Fire Island Perfect for boaters, daytrippers, nature enthusiasts, families ...

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    Sunset from Cupsogue Beach, at the west end

    Cupsogue Beach County Park County beach, County park, Beach, Park, Kids Dune Rd. Westhampton Considered by nature watchers to be an excellent spot to catch wild seals in action, ...

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    Eugene Nickerson Beach offers visitors much more than

    Eugene Nickerson Beach County beach, Beach, Swimming, Kids, Playground 880 Lido Blvd. Lido Beach Cabanas, 2 pools (fee), 2 tennis courts, basketball court, playgrounds, handball and paddleball, snack bars, ...

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    Long Islanders sit on the beach at Orient

    Orient Beach State Park State beach, State park, Beach, Kids, Playground 40000 Main Road (Route 25) Orient The 357-acre park offers 8 miles of shoreline including wilderness areas ideal for shell collecting, ...

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    Students in the third grade classes from Commack

    Gov. Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park State beach, State park, Beach, Driving range, Public, Golf Courses, Kids, Playground at north end of Sunken Meadow State Parkway Kings Park This 1,288-acre beachfront park on Long Island Sound features a 3/4 mile boardwalk and a ...

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    Pulling into the Bay Shore ferry station after

    Ocean Beach Beach, Federal beach, Village beach, Kids, Playground Fire Island For everyone: The unofficial capital of Long Island, complete with waterside drinking and eating. The beach ...

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    At the weekly sandcastle and sand sculpture competition

    Hither Hills State Park State beach, State park, Beach, Campgrounds, Kids, Playground 164 Old Montauk Highway (Route 27) 4 miles west of hamlet of Montauk Montauk Major lure at this 1,755-acre park is camping along a beautiful stretch of the Atlantic; ...

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