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State beach, State park, Pitch and putt, Beach, Kids, Miniature Golf, Birding
$10 a car daily May 24-Sept. 7; $8 a car weekends and holidays Apr.5-May 18 and Sept. 13-Nov. 16
With four fields, a mixed crowd and plenty of action, Robert Moses is a smaller but just as enjoyable version of Jones Beach. Field 2 tends to be the most crowded thanks to its large parking lot, concession stand, surfing sections and family-oriented atmosphere. At the entrance to the field is also a cute shop with reasonably priced summer dresses, sandals, sunglasses, beach games and more.
Field 5 is popular with both families and young adults. Park here and take a walk to the historic Fire Island Lighthouse, where you can join a guided tour or take in the view on your own. Just be aware of the nude bathing areas on the way. Want to avoid an impromptu anatomy lesson? Leave someone behind with the kids at the field’s playground.
Small field 3 is the best choice for those looking for peace and quiet, and field 4 is only open Friday through Monday. People love the beach at Robert Moses for its simplicity, but that doesn't mean there's nothing but sand and water. In addition to barbecue and picnic areas, there is an 18-hole pitch-and-putt golf course, a small boardwalk and a boat basin.
Fishing is allowed outside of swim
areas, though many prefer the inlet across the road. Anyone with a fishing permit and a four-wheel-drive vehicle can look for a catch in the west end, where beach access is for vehicles only. The west end is spacious and quiet for serious fishermen or people just looking to relax outdoors. Those who stay until dusk will likely see such wildlife as deer and various birds of prey along the Robert Moses Parkway on the way home.
Robert Moses offers the perks of a state park without massive crowds, major hassles or notable pollution. It is a great place to spend an effortless fun-filled day with family and friends. Adults who grew up in the area keep their fond summer memories alive by bringing their children and grandchildren to Robert Moses, a classic Long Island
--Nina Marie Ruggiero
Pitch and Putt: May 15-Nov 18, daily, hours vary. Fee: $11, $9 juniors and seniors, club rentals $2 plus $3 deposit (parking additional). Opening may be delayed due to Sandy. Call.
5 miles on ocean
May 26-Sept. 9, hours vary by field