|Jones Beach State Park|
|Location||1 Ocean Parkway |
Wantagh, New York
|Area||2,413 acres (9.77 km2)|
|Created||August 4, 1929|
|Operated by||New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation|
|Visitors||8,313,133 (in 2020)|
|Website||Jones Beach State Park|
Jones Beach State Park, Causeway and Parkway System
|Location||Ocean, Wantagh, Meadowbrook and Loop state parkways, Wantagh, New York|
|Area||10,034 acres (4,061 ha)|
|NRHP reference No.||05000358|
|Added to NRHP||April 28, 2005|
Jones Beach State Park (colloquially "Jones Beach") is a state park in the U.S. state of New York. It is located in southern Nassau County, in the hamlet of Wantagh, on Jones Beach Island, a barrier island linked to Long Island by the Meadowbrook State Parkway, Wantagh State Parkway, and Ocean Parkway.
The park, 6.5 miles (10.5 km) in length, is renowned for its beaches (which, excepting the beach on Zachs Bay, face the open Atlantic Ocean) and furnishes one of the most popular summer recreational locations for the New York metropolitan area. It is the most popular and heavily visited beach on the East Coast, with an estimated six million visitors per year.
Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, an outdoor arena in the park, is a popular musical and concert venue. The park also includes a two-mile (3.2 km) boardwalk. It once featured dining and catering facilities that were popular sites for private parties and weddings, though these have been shut down.
Jones Beach is named after Major Thomas Jones, a major in the Queens County militia in the 17th century, who established a whaling station on the outer beach near the site of the present park.
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