90 Years of Summer Fun at Jones Beach State Park

2019 marks the 90th summer of surf, sun and fun at Jones Beach State Park on Long Island. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than $100 million in total has been invested at Jones Beach.

"Jones Beach is not just a park, it is a public monument that will change people's lives," Governor Cuomo said. "The significant investments in Jones Beach State Park represent New York's commitment to providing the very best recreation and tourism opportunities for both residents and visitors alike across the state. I encourage everyone to visit Jones Beach this summer and experience one of the state's premier destinations for themselves."

The combination of Beaux Arts and Art Deco bathhouses and buildings, and 6.5 miles of white sandy beaches attract over 6 million visitors every year. Activities abound at Jones Beach including:

  • Concession stands for dining
  • Miniature golf
  • Shuffleboard
  • Basketball
  • Concerts
  • Nature Center tours
  • Pool swimming
  • Bicycling
  • Playgrounds
  • Historic exhibits
  • Fishing

All this on top of a traditional beach day of sunbathing and ocean swimming. And now, Jones Beach goers will have a new way to experience the park with the opening of Wild Play. Wild Play is an outdoor adventure space which includes zip lines that run along the beach, aerial adventure courses and, for the brave of heart, a 40-foot-drop jump. To learn more about these daring activities check out: https://wildplay.com/jones-beach/.


The 90th summer celebration will continue on August 4th (the official day when Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the park) with 50 cent parking fees –the original fee to park in 1929—birthday cake, 9,990 cupcakes, performances and historical commemorations.


The investment in Jones Beach will continue into 2020 and will include:

  • $4.2 million renovation of the West Games Area, featuring a new mini-golf course, refurbished court games such as pickleball and shuffleboard, new benches, tables, fencing and lighting and additional site improvements.
  • $2.4 million in landscape and horticulture improvements at the West Bathhouse, Central Mall and East Games to renew lawn areas and planting beds, plant new shrubs, ornamental grasses and seasonal access plants, and install new irrigation and electrical system.
  • $1.2 million renovation of the Central Mall, including new curbs, bluestone and concrete pavements, refurbished access ramps, and new and rehabilitated utilities.
  • $25 million Energy and Nature Center that will open in 2020, including an interactive facility to encourage visitors to become good stewards of the environment and smart energy consumers.

State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, "I'm grateful for Governor Cuomo's leadership in revitalizing the public spaces at Jones Beach State Park. Jones Beach is going strong after 90 years, and these new amenities and improvements will enhance the visitor experience and offer all of our visitors new and exciting ways to enjoy and explore the park."

Jones Beach is an iconic summer staple. It’s more than just a beach, it’s an experience of culture, history and adventure. For more information about visiting Jones Beach State Park please visit: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/jonesbeach/