Robert Moses Beach — Babylon, NY: Best Beaches in the Mid-Atlantic
Robert Moses State Park is located on Long Island, New York’s Atlantic coast. It’s a best beach for singles, couples, families, and retirees.
Robert Moses Beach Rating
Beach Personality: This Is One Well-Rounded Beach. It’s Affordable, Clean & Convenient.
Robert Moses Beach
In my opinion, the beach at Robert Moses State Park is the nicest Long Island beach close to New York City. Of course, there are closer beaches, but they are generally more crowded, noisier, and dirtier. With regard to the condition of the beach itself: the sand here is light tan in color, soft, and slightly grainy with no rocks or pebbles, and the water is light green and looks and smells clean.
This beach makes a great day trip or longer beach destination. In addition to the typical beach activities and amenities, there is a marina here to launch or dock a boat, piers for fishing if you’d rather not surf fish or need a change of pace, a playground for the kids, a pitch and putt course for wannabe golfers of all ages, and a lighthouse. That’s a lot of fun for a low cost!
Robert Moses Beach is one of only two Fire Island beaches accessible by car. The other is Smith Point Beach on the eastern end of Fire Island.
- Boogie boarding
- Wind surfing
- Surf fishing
- Public bathrooms – Yes.
- Showers – Yes, seasonally.
- Parking – Yes, for a fee.
- Food – Yes, seasonally.
- Lifeguard – Yes, seasonally.
- Dogs allowed on the beach – No.
Additional amenities – accessible beach, playground, picnic tables, marina, pitch and putt golf, lighthouse.
Chairs and umbrellas can be rented at the beach from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Robert Moses Beach and State Park is located at the far western end of Fire Island. It’s approximately an hour and a half drive from New York City, depending on where you are coming from in the city and traffic. To reach Robert Moses beach from NYC and all other points west, take I-495 E to Exit 31S, Cross Island Parkway S. Continue on Cross Island Pkwy to Exit 25A, Southern State Parkway E. Drive for approximately 25 miles to Exit 40, Robert Moses Causeway S. At the traffic circle, take the first exit onto Robert Moses State Parkway. Follow signs to the beach parking lots.
To many joyful beach experiences!
— Lisa Dworkin
Photos courtesy of Lisa Dworkin. More photos on Flickr.