VOTED One of the Best Beaches for Kids
The beach in Stone Harbor is absolutely ideal, not too wide, nice and long, with a soft, sandy-bottomed, gradual entry into the surf. The entire beach is perfect for walking, beach combing, critter collecting, sunbathing, and game playing. It is also fantastic for runners, who can run for miles along the flat shoreline.
Visit the exhibits, explore the marsh, join a bird watching walk or take a guided beach hike–a day spent with the institute’s educators will be a treat. Bike to the end of the island to the 122nd Street parking lot on 1st Avenue and then take the path that leads to the beach. When the tide is low you can bike along the beach all the way out to the Point. Along the way you’ll pass lots tide pools that are perfect for wading. Bring a bucket for the kids for shell collecting and spend an hour or so simply exploring the pools, searching for crabs and minnows and enjoying the birds that will be scooping around. Everywhere you look are flowers and lush beach grasses, parents pulling small children in wagons, and kids toting buckets and boogie boards to the beach!