Things To Do in Rockaway Beach
If all you know about Rockaway Beach is the Ramones song of the same name, you need to come experience New York City’s best beach, not to mention America's largest urban beach, for yourself. Just a short ride from Manhattan via the A Train or ferry, Rockaway Beach is less crowded than Coney Island and offers more of an untamed, undiscovered and authentic feel. Attractions abound, with something for everyone. Families flock to Jacob Riis Park and the remnants of Fort Tilden, a decommissioned WWII artillery battery. Shoppers and foodies love exploring the boardwalk’s concession booths and vendor stalls, while surfers have access to New York City's only designated surfing beaches. Bird lovers and outdoorsy types can’t get enough of the salty, marshy Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, which is home to 325 bird species each spring and fall. In the heart of it all lies The Rockaway Hotel. Whether you've come to experience it all or just have a few hours to kill between meetings, we'll show you Rockaway Beach as no other hotel can.
Family-run surf & skate shop offering surfboards, skateboards, accessories, rentals & repairs.
Enjoy a nature walk with remants of history through the Rockaway's ocean-front park, Fort Tilden, a former United States Army Installion.
Composed of open water and intertidal salt marshes, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is one of NYC's best spots to observe migrating species.
A vast, sandy beach and 5.5-mile boardwalk draw throngs of families to Rockaway Beach in summer for swimming, sunbathing, and sports like volleyball and skateboarding.
This seasonal, bustling oceanside hub features food vendors, beach equipment rentals & regular live entertainment.
Avoid the Day Bookstore & Cafe is Rockaway's only independent bookstore. Curated and run by locals Jianna and Jason Heuer, you can sip on wine, cold brew coffee, or tea while browsing the bookstore's curated selection of used and new books.
TRH is happy to offer relaxing sailing on Jamaica Bay, New York City through our partners Yacht Rock Charters. A truly unique concept, Deliverance welcomes you aboard in Jamaica Bay, the largest open space in New York City. Go aboard for a day, a sunset, or an unforgettable evening.