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Rockaway Beach Tours

Rockaway Beach
Located in Queens, Rockaway Beach is an oceanfront stretch home to beaches, food vendors, and beginner-friendly surf spots. In summer, come here to soak up the sun and go splashing in the waves. 

The Basics
As one of New York's sandy Atlantic-side beaches, the Rockaways’ boardwalks are lined with apparel vendors and beachside concessions selling everything from frozen yogurt to fish tacos. Nearby surf shops sell beachwear, rent surfboards, and provide surf lessons to beginners. A great way to see the Rockaways is by water—guided or independent Jet Ski adventures typically take you to the nearby Jamaica Bay. Jet Ski rentals are often available in the Rockaways. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Surfers should check out New York's favorite surfing beaches—between 67-69 Street, and 87-92 Street. 
  • If you plan on hitting the beach, bring a swimsuit, sunblock, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • Ocean swimming is only allowed if there are lifeguards on duty. 
  • Gourmands should consider packing burgers and grilling at one of the sanctioned barbecue areas.

How to Get There
You can visit Rockaway Beach on a day trip, by public transportation, or by car via the Belt Parkway. Public transit options include the A subway train with stops at Beach 67 Street, Beach 90th Street-Holland, and Beach 98 Street. The most fun way to travel is by ferry from Pier 11 in Manhattan; the boat stops at Beach 108th Street and Beach Channel Drive following about one hour of cruising time.

When to Get There
Rockaway Beach is most lively in June, July, and August, New York's summer months. You can expect daytime, weekend, and summer holiday crowds, particularly on Labor Day, Memorial Day, and the Fourth of July. During the week, you'll find more room on the beach though some food vendors may be closed. 

How to Visit Jacob Riis Beach
The People's Beach at Jacob Riis Park—situated just west of Belle Harbor—is a fun and family-friendly oceanfront destination. You'll find ample paid parking, an art deco bathhouse, basketball courts, outdoor grills, food trucks, and boardwalk bars. This is the perfect place to meet friends and stretch out for a day of sunshine and swimming. 
Address: 90-14 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Far Rockaway, New York, USA
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Coney Island Ocean Jet Ski Tour, from Rockaway BeachWaterskiing & Jetskiing

Coney Island Ocean Jet Ski Tour, from Rockaway Beach

Leave Coney Island’s crowds behind with a speedy Jet Ski tour from Rockaway Beach, where you can follow your guide along New York City’s scenic coastline. Skim across the waves and get unforgettable ocean views of sandy beaches, classic amusement park rides, and the must-see skyline. Watch for the dolphins and seals that swim just off the coast, cool off in the Atlantic Ocean breeze, and bring home included images taken throughout the ride.
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New York City 30-Minute Jet Ski Rental

Skim past the crowds on Rockaway Beach with a 30-minute Jet Ski rental, and cool off with a scenic cruise through Jamaica Bay. Take the helm and explore islands, wildlife, bridges and beaches on a Jet Ski that seats one or two people. Get unforgettable views of Coney Island’s classic rides, snap photos of the city skyline from the water, and enjoy a fun escape from the city heat. 
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New York City Jet Ski RentalOther Water Sports

New York City Jet Ski Rental

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See the sites of New York City as a backdrop with a single or tandem Jet Ski rental. Travel the waters of Jamaica Bay off the coast of Queens and the Rockaway Beach neighborhood. Step away from the hustle of the Big Apple and enjoy a day on the water. All the necessary equipment—including Jet Ski rental and a personal floatation device—plus professional instruction are provided.
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New York Sunset and Wildlife Jet Ski TourWaterskiing & Jetskiing

New York Sunset and Wildlife Jet Ski Tour

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Watch for seals, dolphins and birds above Jamaica Bay with a 1-hour sunset Jet Ski Tour, and experience New York City’s remarkable wildlife and scenic coast. Follow your guide from Rockaway Beach to the hidden beaches and marsh lands of Dubos Point Wildlife Sanctuary, and get stunning views of the city skyline. Enjoy ocean breezes and fresh air as the sun slips behind New York, then see evening fall over Jamaica Bay as you return to Rockaway.
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