We went to one of our favorite NYC beaches today with Beatrice’s preschool class: Jacob Riis Park, also known as “The People’s Beach”. It was super-windy and too cold for swimming, but still a beautiful day. The kids loved playing in the sand and wading and chasing the waves. Hux was so happy standing and holding one of our hands at the edge of the water, where the waves would frequently drench his torso. He was blue-lipped and shivering and had to be bribed with the promise of lunch to go warm up on our blanket.
Although a bit of a schlep for us, Jacob Riis is cleaner and quieter than many NYC beaches. Easy parking and good facilities- the art deco bath house was built in 1932 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Even better, they have awesome food vendors, including Fletcher’s BBQ and the beloved Ample Hills ice cream (my favorite flavor is The Munchies- pretzel infused ice cream swirled with clusters of Ritz Crackers, potato chips, pretzels and mini M&M’s), pretty much the perfect way to end a beach day.