Jones Beach in Wantagh offers more than just sand and sun

The boardwalk at Jones Beach offers a variety of sports, including tennis and mini-golf.

The boardwalk at Jones Beach offers a variety of sports, including tennis and mini-golf. (7/30/13)

WANTAGH - If sand and surf aren’t your thing, you can still head to Jones Beach in Wantagh, where the boardwalk has a life of its own.

The beachfront has been around on the Island since the 1700s, but Jones Beach opened in 1929 as the first public resort for everyone. Today, those resort games, such as shuffleboard and paddle tennis, are still available to enjoy on the boardwalk.

Also along the boardwalk are a full mini-golf course and tennis courts. And don’t forget about the nightly music at the bandshell. “Tuesday night is kids night. Wednesday [is] line dancing, Thursday [is] jam night, Friday [has] tribute bands; Saturday [features] greatest oldies and Sundays [are] Latin nights,” says George Gorman, of the New York State Parks Department.

And don’t forget the ice cream! The art-deco Jones Beach ice cream parlor is back this summer and full of treats for the whole family to enjoy. 

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