Day trip from NYC: How to get to Jacob Riis Beach

Many people are not aware of the beaches that are right here in NYC! The Rockaway Peninsula or the Rockaways are the most popular spots.   The peninsula is divide into 9 neighbourhoods is in part of the borough of Queens. Jacob Riis Beach is located at the end of the peninsula and is known as “The People’s Beach.”  It is currently run by the national park service and is a sandy beach with an Art Deco bath house. If you’re wondering how to get to Jacob Riis Beach you’re in luck! Below is a guide to getting there as well as what is available when you arrive.


How to get to Jacob Riis Beach

How to get to Jacob Riis Beach

When deciding how to get to Jacob Riis Beach you have multiple options to consider.

  • NYC Ferry
  • Bus/Subway
  • Drive

NYC Ferry:

You can take the NYC Ferry from Wall Street Pier 11 or  Sunset Park in Brooklyn. The cost is $2.75 each way. Tickets can be purchased through their app or at the dispensers at the ferry station. 

Look for the sign to the purple Rockaway line. The journey from here to Rockaway ferry stop is under an hour. If the weather is nice(which I hope it will be on a beach day) you won’t even notice the time! You can sit on the top of the ferry and take in the sights. There are bathrooms on the ferry as well as a little bar with beverages and snacks to purchase.

When you walk off the dock on arrival, there will be a free shuttle waiting to take you down to Jacob Riis. There are two which will go in opposite directions, so make sure you get on the one going to West Rockaway. If you want to go to Rockaway Beach and not Jacob Riis you can just walk from here.


2 line to Flatbush Avenue, then take the Q35 bus to Jacob Riis Park OR A line to Broad Channel, transfer to the S to Rockaway Park-Beach 116th Street then the Q22 bus to Jacob Riis Park. This should take about an hour and half depending on where you are leaving from.


Beach parking is available  is $10 per day or $20 for oversized vehicles or $135 per season.





Amenities at Jacob Riis Beach

Facilities– Spray showers, bathrooms,  water fountains

To Do – Pitch and putt, golf course and playgrounds

Lido Beach Butlers – Arrive at Jacob Riis Beach with everything already set up for you. You can reserve luxury beach cabanas, sunshades, and umbrellas along with extra items like beach chairs, kids cabanas,  ice coolers, beach games and more.  The set up was just perfect, I felt like I was on vacation!


Food and Drink at Jacob Riis Beach

Riis Park Beach Bazaar 

Jacob Riis Bazaar has taken over much of the boardwalk and offers a variety of food options. Rockaway Clam Bar, The Meatup Grill, Ample Hills Creamery and more!

Of course you can always bring your own snacks 🙂

Stay Overnight at Jacob Riis Beach

Camp Rockaway

Camp Rockway is a glamping site directly behind the bath house. Fully furnished tents with beds, pillows, linens and even a cell phone charging station! Great if you want to be as close as possible to the beach!


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