A Day at Long Beach

For Long Islanders, summer means going to the beach, good eats, and weekend day trips. Long Island has towns that offer all of these different things, but one town in particular offers all of these amenities and all in walking distance. Welcome to Long Beach, New York!

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The Boardwalk
What better way to start off the day than a walk with a view? After Hurricane Sandy, the boardwalk at Long Beach was destroyed. That didn’t stop the town from quickly getting to work to repair the damaged property and now the boardwalk is more beautiful than ever.

With three lanes, two designated for walkers and runners and one for bikers, the Long Beach boardwalk entices both Long Beach and Lido Beach residents, Manhattan beach-goers, and a nice mix of a Long Island and Westchester crowd.

The boardwalk is free to use and the view of the beach is priceless.

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The Beach
It’s only appropriate that if you go to Long Beach, you go on the beach. The immaculately clean beach provides a beautiful spot to lay out and work on that tan or to enjoy the water for a swim or surfing. The downfall is the $12 per person fee, however if you want to avoid a large beach crowd, the $12 is certainly worth it.

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Grub
It’s around noon and the hunger is starting to set in. You don’t want to leave the vicinity just to grab a bite to eat. Good news is you don’t have to. Located right next to the boardwalk ramps right in the middle of the boardwalk is “The Smorgasbord.”

The Smorgasbord offers an array of dining options to satisfy your palette whether you’re craving a fresh fruit smoothie or Kosher Deli, the food trucks that circle the dining area at “The Smorgasbord” provide for their own mini buffet.

Not going back to the beach after lunch or want to grab lunch in town? The town, which is in walking distance of the beach, also provides for a wide selection of fare from Mediterranean to Italian.

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Gino’s Pizza of Long Beach first opened its doors in 1962 and even after undergoing renovations, still serves up the amazing pizza it’s well known for, but with more options.

There’s a slice for everyone at Gino’s whether you like roasted vegetable, buffalo chicken or just the classic, Gino’s serves it hot and fresh every time.

They also have salads and pasta dishes for those who aren’t big pizza fans. Finish off the meal with their fresh Italian ice or head down the street to Marvel for soft serve.

Another Long Beach classic is Marvel Frozen Dairy Inc. Once known as Marvel Dairy Whip Inc, the creamery serves up soft serve ice cream and frozen yogurt in flavor favorites such as vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, peanut butter and pistachio.

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You can get your frozen treat in a cup or a cone and finish it off with your favorite toppings like sprinkles, crunchies and chocolate chips.

From the boardwalk to the beach to dining and shopping, Long Beach is an excellent Long Island town to bring family and friends to this summer for a day trip or a weekend getaway.

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Samantha Wieder is a 2014 summer intern at Long Island Pulse. She is a junior at Binghamton University. Follow her on Twitter at @samashwieder.