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Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach

This Staten Island beach offer a low-key, family-friendly experience

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Located on Staten Island, Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach spans 2.5 miles along the South Beach and Midland Beach neighborhoods. Located on the Lower New York Bay, the beaches offer fairly calm waves, making it a good destination for families who want to splash and build sandcastles.

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Getting to the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach

Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach in Staten Island
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Subway/Bus to Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach:(Travel time from Manhattan is about an hour and 30 minutes)

  • Take the R train to the 86th Street Station. Walk to 4th Ave/86th Street to catch the S53 bus to Sand Lane/Hyland Blvd. Transfer to the S52 to Father Capadanno Blvd. and Sand Lane.

Driving to Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach: Access to South and Midland Beaches is just a short drive from the Verazzano-Narrows Bridge. Get directions to South and Midland Beaches on Google Maps or put the intersection of Father Capadanno Blvd. and Sand Lane in Staten Island, NY into your GPS.

Parking at Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach: In addition to street parking near the beach, there is a free parking area at Father Capadanno Blvd. & Sand Lane.

Basics at Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach

The Fountain of The Dolphins
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Located in Staten Island, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach (in the neighborhoods of South Beach and Midland Beach) offers beach-goers 170 acres of ocean-front sun and sand. The 2.5 mile boardwalk offers a wide variety of facilities for visitors, including spray showers, restrooms, playgrounds and water fountains.

Swimming is only permitted when life guards are on duty, which is from Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day weekend, daily from 10-6 p.m.

Restrooms & Spray Showers are available on the Boardwalk near the South Fin Grill restaurant.

Chairs/Umbrellas: There are no chairs/umbrellas for rent.

The Fountain of The Dolphins: Located at the entrance to South Beach, the fountain was donated by the Staten Island Borough President in 1998 and sculpted by Steven Dickey.

Playground and Sprinklers are located behind the South Fin Grill restaurant.

Eating at Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach

Concession Stand at Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach
Photo by Heather Cross, licensed to About.com

In season, typical beach concessions (hot dogs, chicken fingers, ice cream, etc.) are available at several concession stands on the boardwalk. There is also a year-round restaurant, South Fin Grill, on the boardwalk that offers lunch and dinner.

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