Jones Beach

Jones Beach 2nd Most Popular State Park In New York

Feb 21, 2018
Boston Public Library

According to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Jones Beach was the second most visited state park after Niagara Falls.

Last year almost six million people visited Jones Beach. That’s an increase of 60,000 from 2016. By comparison, Niagara Falls drew over nine million people.

State officials tell Newsday that concerts at the Jones Beach Theater were a big draw.

Also on Long Island, Sunken Meadow State Park and Montauk Point saw dramatic increases in attendance.

Office of N.Y. Gov. Andrew Cuomo / Flickr

New York Governor Cuomo was on Long Island on Wednesday to talk about two revitalization projects.

Courtesy of Nassau Inter County Express / Facebook

Bus service from the Long Island Rail Road to Jones Beach will be restored starting Thursday.  

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $200,000 in funds to bring back the Nassau Inter County Express, or NICE, bus service between the Freeport LIRR station and the beach.

Nassau County was forced to cut back on service to the beach at the end of June because of its budget difficulties.

The new funding is the result of negotiations between the state Parks Department, the Department of Transportation, the Empire State Development Corporation, and Nassau County.

Boston Public Library

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says work is underway on the $36 million restoration of the facilities at Jones Beach.

(Kevin P. Coughlin/Office of the Governor)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has stopped construction of a proposed natural gas transfer station off of Long Island, citing fears of terrorism, damage from storms, and his desire to transition to more renewable forms of energy. 

The Port Ambrose transfer station was to be built off of Jones Beach, and would have allowed tanker ships to load up with liquefied natural gas then distribute the gas into pipelines on Long Island.