The crowds tend to gather near 92nd St. at Rockaway Beach like this day on Sunday, June 20, 2011. (Kirsten Luce/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
Getting There

New York is about 225 miles from Washington via Interstate 95 and the New Jersey Turnpike. Amtrak offers train service from Washington from about $49 one way with advance purchase. Bus lines, including BoltBus, Megabus and others, offer service starting from about $19 one way. Rockaway Beach stretches between Beach 9th and Beach 149th streets in Queens. From Manhattan, take the Far Rockaway A train to Broad Channel, then transfer to the S, which has stops at 90th, 98th, 105th and 116th streets.

Where to Eat

The Wharf

416 Beach 116th St. at Beach Channel Drive

(behind Lukoil gas station)


Casual waterfront restaurant with outdoor seating, specializing in seafood. Sandwiches and salads $3 to $15.


122 Beach 116th St. at Ocean Promenade


Typical beach fare of pizza, fried shrimp and frozen custard. From $4.

What to Do

Surf beaches are located between 67th and 69th streets and 87th and 92nd streets. Several surf shops provide lessons, including Boarders (192 Beach 92nd St., 718-318-7997,

Volleyball, basketball and handball courts are located throughout Rockaway. There are also several playgrounds and skate parks.

Sunset Concert Series 2011

Beach 20th Street Overlook


Free summer concerts from 6-9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month until Aug. 5.

Studio 6 and Studio 7

Fort Tilden (Gateway National Recreation Area)


Art galleries run by the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA), open Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m. and by appointment. Free.