Bay Shore Parks

Beaches, public parks and marinas form a way of life in Bay Shore.

Residents have access to bay and ocean beaches as well as thousands of acres of parkland and wildlife conservation preserves. Notably, the Bay Shore Marina hosts renowned boat shows and fishing tournaments. Some people fish the area for pleasure, and others as a livelihood, as boats head out daily in search of flounder, fluke and bass. With its close proximity to both Robert Moses Beach and Jones Beach, warm summer days lure families to the soft sands and refreshing cool waters of Fire Island. Swim, fish, picnic or take the kids to the playground while enjoying Robert Moses State Park, or play golf at the 18-hole golf course located there. The park does not allow pets, and you must pay $8 to $10 per car to enter, depending on the day of the week.

Gardners Park

Gardiner Park, a 230-acre, nature-oriented public park on Montauk Highway, originally belonged to the Sagtikos Manor estate. Explore the park's nature trails or work out on its fitness trail. Bring your dog for a hike or a swim in the bay. If you forget a clean-up bag, this dog-friendly park provides them.

Hecksher Park

Heckscher State Park in East Islip offers 1,600 acres with stunning views of the Great South Bay and Fire Island. The park includes shady picnic groves, large open fields for soccer, cricket, lacrosse and more, as well as four miles of paved trails for bikers, joggers and walkers. The park accesses the Great South Bay, so visitors can swim, kayak, canoe, paddle board and more. Dogs are allowed, but they must be leashed.

Sunken Forest

Fire Island's Sunken Forest is a rare ecological community. Join a ranger-guided tour of the globally-rare Sunken Forest, seine in the Great South Bay, or comb the beach for sea shells. Explore the touch table and fish tanks in the visitor center or grab a snack or souvenir at the snack bar or gift shop. In addition to a one and a half mile long boardwalk trail through the Sunken Forest, Sailors Haven also offers a visitor center; snack bar/convenience store/gift shop; picnic tables and grills; lifeguarded beach (summer only); a 45-slip public marina with electricity, water and a free boat pump-out station; restrooms and showers. This state's maritime holly forest was ranked as "globally rare," meaning there are few remaining occurrences of this assemblage of plants throughout the world.