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Facts about Jones Beach

Jones Beach is a wonderful place to have fun in the sun, sand and ocean waves!
Jones Beach is a wonderful place to have fun in the sun, sand and ocean waves!
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Jones Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world. Regarded as being a staple of Long Island and a haven during the summer heatwaves, Jones Beach has been a place of enjoyment for generations of people. Over the past decades Jones Beach has changed some of its landscape and added new structures (like the Jones Beach Nikon Theater where many concerts take place) but some of the original buildings are still in operation today.

About 6 million people visit Jones Beach every year!
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The official name of the location is “Jones Beach State Park” and most of its structures date back between the 1930s and the 1950s when Robert Moses built a highway that enabled people to drive to the beach easily. “Beach 5” is the main beach—the “entrance” to Jones Beach—and that is where many of the most famous buildings are. There is a band stand that was built in 1952 (and still hosts some musical performances until this day), a West Bath House that now houses Friendly’s Ice Cream and two pools that are still used today. A café with an ocean view that was built in 1966 was demolished in 2004 due to weather damage.

Jones Beach is 10 miles long and the area is renowned for its clean sand and pristine coastline that faces the Atlantic Ocean. Jones Beach is the most popular beach on the East Coast. It is estimated that over six million people come to it each and every year. Additionally, it is home to a lengthy boardwalk that many people walk, bike and rollerblade on every single day. Furthermore, Zack’s Bay—located on the Great South Bay inlet—is an excellent place to sunbathe and go into the water if you are not confident enough to swim in the big waves and strong currents of the ocean side beach. Fisherman and people with boats can also find places to enjoy recreational time on Jones Beach.

For more information about Jones Beach visit the official website below:
http://parks.ny.gov/parks/10/details.aspx