Orchard Beach

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Orchard Beach

Orchard Beach, Bronx, NY 10464, USA


Permitted at the waterfront east of the Aileen B. Ryan Recreational Complex; fishing license required



Designated swimming areas open when lifeguards are on duty



Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day weekend to October 1st from 10 AM - 6 PM



Unleashed pets are welcome before 10 AM and after 5 PM; pets must be leashed at all other times



Swimming, Sunbathing, Volleyball, Basketball, Handball, Picnicking



Restrooms, Showers, Sports Courts, Lifeguards, Concessions



Free to visit



During the season, parking is $8 on weekdays and $10 on weekends

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Orchard Beach, NYC is the only public seaside destination in the Bronx, and it's one of the best New York beaches. In this guide, we'll tell you all about this mile-long shoreline, including activities and answers to common questions.

About Orchard Beach

Located in one of NYC parks, Pelham Bay Park, Orchard Beach is the only public beach in the Bronx. It's situated along the Long Island Sound and offers views of the city.

The beach is also known as "The Riviera of New York." It became official in the 1930s when a few islands in the park were connected by landfill. Once a small area, it's now a 115-acre beachfront with a promenade, multiple concession stands, picnic tables, sports courts, and playgrounds.

You can visit the shore and boardwalk from Memorial Day through mid-September.

How To Get to Orchard Beach

The best way to get to the beach is via public transport. To go by subway, you'll take the Pelham Bay Park-bound 6 train, then get on the bus for the rest of the way. To go by bus only, take the City Island-bound Bx29 bus.

Things to Do

Along with exploring the unique hexagon-shaped promenade, there are several fun activities to enjoy.

  • swimming
  • sunbathing
  • sports courts: volleyball, basketball, handball
  • food shops
  • specialty stores
  • picnic areas
  • boardwalk for scenery, amenities, and local events

Beach Guidelines

There are several rules and regulations that beachgoers must adhere to.

  • No littering, smoking, or consuming alcohol
  • Dogs are prohibited from Memorial Day weekend to October 1st (service animals are allowed at all times)
  • Open flames and barbequing are only allowed in designated areas
  • No jet skis, camping, snorkels, fins, rafts, stand-up paddleboards, or kayaks
  • No feeding wildlife
  • Fishing is only allowed in designated areas
  • Bikes and skates on the shore or promenade are only allowed during the off-season
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