Rockaway Beach—along the Southern edge of Queens, New York—is perfect for an atypical, yet unforgettable, New York City jaunt. When the weather's nice, your visit can include surfing, lounging on the beach, and kayaking in a nearby marine park. With convenient public-transportation links and the option to arrange Rockaway Beach rental cars , you can also combine a beach vacation with visits to the many world-class cultural institutions and famous landmarks for which New York is better known. Book hotels in Rockaway Beach and make memories involving both the natural and urban sides of this remarkable destination.
Visiting Rockaway Beach
The closest major airport to Rockaway Beach—just nine miles away—is John F. Kennedy International Airport. Rent a car, take a taxi, or use public transport to reach Rockaway Beach hotels in a matter of minutes. Then take a stroll or rent a bike to ride along Rockaway Beach's oceanfront boardwalk, one of the longest on the East Coast. You can also arrange surfing lessons at the area's designated surfing beach. Choose NYC hotels at Rockaway Beach and you'll be within easy reach of the Far Rockaway Beach Bungalow Historic District, another tourist attraction in the local area.
For more places to go boating, hiking, or biking, visit the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The protected wetlands, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, straddle the border between Queens and Brooklyn. Fort Tilden, on the Rockaway Peninsula, is also part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. The sand dunes and maritime forest areas of the historic site are habitats for rare birds and peaceful places for a walk.
If you want to see the best of Brooklyn, take a trip from Rockaway Beach to Prospect Park, approximately 12 miles away. In addition to the park's meadows, forested area, and lake, you'll find the Prospect Park Zoo and the Brooklyn Museum with its 1.5-million-item art collection.
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