Where to Throw an End-of-Summer Beach BBQ

As August comes to an end and the unofficial start of fall sneaks closer, make the most of the final few days of summer. The best place to do that is, of course, the beach. Bring family, friends and neighbors together to enjoy a good old-fashioned beach barbecue. Six Long Island beach BBQ destinations are perfect for sending summer off in sizzling style.

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Robert Moses State Park, Babylon

Robert Moses has a designated barbecuing area on the opposite side of the dunes from the ocean, between the pitch and putt golf course and the parking lot of Field 2. Relax and chat with friends at a picnic table and take in the smoky scent of burgers on the grill. Address: Robert Moses Causeway | Phone: 631-669-0470 Click to go

Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh

Barbecuing is available at Jones Beach at Fields 5 and 10, in designated areas similar to those at Robert Moses. There is also a picnic area at Field 6 that’s worth checking out after the grilling is finished. Address: 1 Ocean Pkwy. | Phone: 516-785-1600 Click to go

Crab Meadow Beach, Fort Salonga

Perfect for families, Crab Meadow is an ideal beach to take small children if they aren’t ready for the ocean. Located in Fort Salonga, the beach has a boardwalk, barbecue area and small waves typical of the North Shore. Address: Waterview St. W | Phone: 631-261-8112 Click to go

North Hempstead Beach Park, Port Washington

Not only does this Port Washington beach provide activities like basketball, shuffleboard and stand-up paddling, it also has picnic areas with barbecues. After a hearty grilled meal, beachgoers can kayak, fish or test their skill at handball. Permits are required. Address: 175 W Shore Rd. | Phone: 516-869-6311 Click to go

Orient Beach State Park, Orient

There’s no better way to spend the last days of summer than on the East End. Escape the bustle of the Hamptons and head to the North Fork instead. Orient Beach has grills, picnic areas and of course, stretches of sandy beach to dig toes into. Address: 40000 Main Rd. | Phone:631-323-2440 Click to go

Heckscher State Park, East Islip

Right on the Great South Bay, Heckscher State Park offers beautiful beaches looking out toward Fire Island, several hiking trails, playgrounds, picnic tables and barbecues. Grill fare and bring it down to the beach to take in the view. Address: 1 Heckscher State Pkwy. | Phone: 631-581-2100 Click to go