Daily Top 10: 10 of Long Island's Most Popular Beaches


It seems as if 2012's warm weather is playing tricks on us.

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It seems as if 2012’s warm weather is playing tricks on us. April showers are said to bring May flowers, but April was full of sun and May has seen a good deal of dark clouds and rain in the last two weeks. This Mother’s Day weekend was the first weekend that saw two full days of sunshine. If this becomes a weekend trend then Long Island’s many beaches will be as packed this summer as they’ve ever been. Besides great swimming, surfing and sunbathing opportunities, many of the beaches on Long Island have parks, playgrounds, campsites, and nature and bike trails. Life lived on an Island means having more beach area then you’ll ever know what to do with, but LongIsland.com makes summer planning easier with the following list of some of our most popular beach destinations.

1. Gilgo State Park
Ocean Parkway, Babylon - (631) 669-0449
2. Heckscher State Park
Heckscher Parkway Field 1, East Islip - (631) 581-2100
3. Jones Beach State Park
1 Ocean Parkway, Wantaugh - (516) 785-1600
4. Robert Moses State Park
Robert Moses Parkway, Babylon - (631) 669-0470
5. Smith Point County Park
William Floyd Parkway, Shirley - 631-852-1313
6. Sunken Meadow State Park/Governor Alfred E. Smith
Rte. 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park - (631) 269-4333
7. Hither Hills State Park
164 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk - (631) 668-2554
8. Lido Beach
630 Lido Beach, Lido Beach - 516-431-6650
9. Tiana Beach
90 Dunes Road, Hampton Bays - 631-283-6011
10. Wildwood State Park
Sound Avenue, Wading River - 631-929-4314