New York beaches kick off the summer season with Memorial Day weekend. It was the first working day for life guards, though the waters won't be bearable for a couple months. The water temperatures for Long Island are typically in the mid-50's at this time.
Sunken Meadow is one of many beaches relatively close to the city. It's a state park with huge grass fields, areas for picnics and barbecues, and even a 27-hole golf course.
Wooden life guard posts are set up along a pristine beach, and a tidy boardwalk runs for nearly a mile along the shore. No one was in the water today, but there were a couple volleyball games in progress and many folks walking along the boardwalk.
The New York State Parks website lists 72 state parks that have beaches. The more well-known of these include Jones Beach and Robert Moses State Park.
Day trips are easily accessible destinations just outside the five boroughs of New York City.