Jones Beach State Park

Jones Beach State Park
NY Long Island with East Bay and Jones Beach State Park IMG 1956.JPG
Aerial view of Jones Beach Island and Jones Beach State Park in July 2012
Jones Beach State Park is located in New York
Jones Beach State Park
Location of Jones Beach State Park within New York State
TypeState park
Location1 Ocean Parkway
Wantagh, New York[1]
Coordinates40°35′45″N 73°30′55″W / 40.59583°N 73.51528°W / 40.59583; -73.51528Coordinates: 40°35′45″N 73°30′55″W / 40.59583°N 73.51528°W / 40.59583; -73.51528
Area2,413 acres (9.77 km2)[2]
CreatedAugust 4, 1929 (1929-08-04)[3]
Operated byNew York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Visitors8,313,133 (in 2020)[4]
OpenAll year
WebsiteJones Beach State Park
Jones Beach State Park, Causeway and Parkway System
Jones Beach WantaghPkwy Approach.jpg
Wantagh Parkway approach to Jones Beach. Centered is the Jones Beach Water Tower.
LocationOcean, Wantagh, Meadowbrook and Loop state parkways, Wantagh, New York
Coordinates40°36′51″N 73°32′10″W / 40.61417°N 73.53611°W / 40.61417; -73.53611
Area10,034 acres (4,061 ha)
NRHP reference No.05000358[5]
Added to NRHPApril 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,[6] 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,[1] is renowned for its beaches (which, excepting the beach on Zachs Bay,[7][8] 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.[4][9]

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.[9]

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.[10][11]

  1. ^ a b "Jones Beach State Park". NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  2. ^ Cite error: The named reference NYT_hist was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  3. ^ Natural Heritage Trust; New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; New York State Council of Parks & Recreation (1975). Fifty Years: New York State Parks, 1924-1974. Natural Heritage Trust. p. 21.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "State Park Annual Attendance Figures by Facility: Beginning 2003". Data.ny.gov. Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "Jones Beach State Park". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  7. ^ "Beaches: Zach's Bay". Newsday. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  8. ^ "Feature map: Zach's Bay". NewYork.HometownLocator.com.
  9. ^ a b "Jones Beach". Long Island Exchange. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  10. ^ "Jones Beach State Park: History". JonesBeach.org. Archived from the original on May 2, 2012. Retrieved November 21, 2012.
  11. ^ Jappen, Marlo. Secrets of Jones Beach State Park. Newsday. June 12, 2015.