Updated: City Beaches to Open for Memorial Day Weekend

Coney Island, along with the City’s other public beaches, opens for Memorial Day weekend. Image Credit: NYC Parks/ Malcolm Pinckney

On Saturday, May 25, 2024, New York City beaches will open for swimming for the summer. During the beach season, lifeguards will be on duty daily from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Swimming is not prohibited when lifeguards are not on duty or in areas that have been closed. Closed sections will be marked with signs and/or red flags. There is no charge to access New York City beaches. 

The City’s beaches include Orchard Beach in the Bronx, Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, Rockaway Beach in Queens, and South Beach, Cedar Grove Beach, Wolfe’s Pond Beach and Midland Beach in Staten Island. The beaches combined stretch for about 14 miles. For more information about the beaches, click here

The beach season runs through September 8, 2024. Prior to visiting a beach, New Yorkers can visit this page or text BEACH to 55676 to receive updates about openings, closings, and water quality information.

The City’s outdoor public pools will reopen for the summer on June 27, 2024. Outdoor pools are open from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 7:PM. Indoor pools are open year-round. For more information about the City’s public pools, click here. For water safety tips, click here.

Parks Commissioner Sue Donoghue stated, “Our free public beaches are an essential part of summer for New Yorkers. They’re great places to cool off, relax, and enjoy time with family and friends, and we’re committed to making sure that all of our beaches are clean, safe, and attractive destinations. There’s so much to see and do at our beaches, from a new nature preserve in the Rockaways to the iconic amusement rides in Coney Island, and we’re thrilled to welcome back New Yorkers and visitors for another season of summer fun!”

By: Veronica Rose (Veronica is the Editor of CityLand and a New York Law School graduate, Class of 2018.)




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