Lido, 880 Lido Boulevard; located by the Atlantic Ocean
On-site staff: Yes
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NICKERSON BEACH, PART OF THE COUNTY PARK SYSTEM SINCE 1967, Nickerson Beach Park is 155 acres of a sun-drenched recreational facility. It is located along the Atlantic Ocean on Long Island’s South Shore. The facility consists of Beach front, Campground, Fun Zone, Ball Fields, Beach Volleyball Courts, Cabanas and Lockers.
The beach is approximately .5 miles long. The beach is home to a number of federally protected birds and grasses. It is a great place to relax and soak in the beauty of nature.
The park includes areas by the beach that are cordoned off to protect nesting areas for the Piping Plover, a sparrow-sized shorebird that is protected by federal law.
During the summer season (Memorial Day - Labor Day), parking fees are charged as follows:
- Daily: $8 for Leisure Pass holders and $35 for non-Leisure Pass holders.
- Season sticker: Leisure Pass holders, $80; seniors, disabled, volunteer firefighters, auxiliary police & veterans, $40 (Leisure Pass required); non-Leisure Pass holders, $200.
|Nickerson Beach provides the ocean, summer cabanas, pools and lots of activites for tots and teens at the "Fun Zone"
- There are two new basketball courts in the "Fun Zone" and a basketball court by the cabana area;
- two tennis courts;
- and a new baseball field (permit required).
- The "Fun Zone" includes a skate park located inside a 160-by-100-foot fenced-in area. The skate park includes seven ramps of varying difficulty, with the lowest ones measuring two feet in height and the highest ones four feet. In addition, there are two railings for skate-boarders. During the summer season, the skate park is open seven days a week, but patrons are advised to call ahead for the schedule of hours. At other times of the year, excluding the winter, when the park is closed, the skate park is open only on weekends. Helmets must be worn by those using the skate park.
- The Fun Zone consists of playground for children, two basketball courts and a skate park. There are two Soccer fields, a baseball field and six Beach Volleyball courts.
- There are unreserved and reserved (fee) picnic areas that include barbecue equipment and a campground. Leisure Pass and fee required for reserved areas; call 516-571-7701. For more information see "News & Events" below.
- There are two swimming pools - one at each end of the park, along with small “kiddie” pools (fee required).
- Visitors can also swim in the ocean.
- There are new beach showers and cabanas, with cabanas awarded via a lottery system (fee required).
- Seasonal hours: Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
; Sat.-Sun., holidays, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
The campground consists of 74 Recreational Vehicle sites, complete with water, and 110V, 50/30 amp electric hook-ups. There are 66 sites with sewer hook ups. There are 13 sites for those who prefer to tent. Also available is an area for community group tent camping. There are two (gray-black water) Dumping Stations which are also available to campers and to non-campers for a nominal fee. The comfort station is easily located and has showers that are wheelchair accessible. The campground has an annual “Halloween Weekend” event for the enjoyment of our campground family. This event is family oriented and is fun for all ages. The Campground will be open from April through November if weather permits. Leisure Pass holders receive discount rate. There will be a one-day "early-bird" registration for the 2013 campground season January 26th. See "News & Events" below for more information.
- Nickerson Beach offers cabanas for rent during the summer season, with areas on the eastern and western ends of the park. The cabanas provide Nassau County residents with the opportunity to enjoy a summer vacation at this beautiful beach. Each year, a lottery is held to determine eligibility for available cabana spots. There are 498 cabanas and 147 cabinettes.
- For lottery and renewal information see "News & Events" below
- A dog run includes separate areas for big and small dogs; it is located across the parking lot from the Fun Zone. Please note that dogs are not allowed on the beach or in any County parks or preserves, with the exception of the dog runs.
- A food
is located on the south edge of the "Fun Zone" by the beach; it is open during the summer.
To reach Nickerson Beach Park from the North Shore, take Meadowbrook Parkway South to Loop Parkway (Exit M10) to Point Lookout. Turn right onto Lido Boulevard. Nassau Beach is about half-mile on your left-hand side. From the South Shore, take Southern State Parkway (East) to Meadowbrook Parkway (South) toward Jones Beach. Just before the Jones Beach Toll, go off onto the Loop Parkway (exit M10) toward Point Lookout. Take Loop Parkway all the way to the end. Turn right: Nickerson Beach Park is on the left-hand side about a half-mile away.
County Parks Begin Accepting Picnic Reservations in February
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announces that reservations for the coming season may be made at Nassau County parks beginning in February. Reservations can be made for the following parks:
Reservations must be made in person at park locations, and a valid Leisure Pass and appropriate payment (fees depend upon group size) must be presented to obtain a confirmed reservation. Payment can be made by cash, check (made out to “Treasurer of Nassau County”) or credit card (at some locations). “Rain-or-shine” shelter areas are available at Cedar Creek Park, Rev. Arthur Mackey Sr. Park and Wantagh Park.
County regulations require that 75% of all picnic participants be Nassau County residents. A special permit is required for the use of alcoholic beverages, and this permit must be purchased at least one week in advance of any reserved or unreserved picnic. To make catering arrangements, patrons must contact the park concessionaire, Dover Caterers, at 516-933-4444, ext. 12 or 16. Picnic reservations must be secured from the individual park before catering can be arranged.
WPIX-Channel 11 Morning News Visits Nickerson Beach Campground
For the WPIX-Channel 11 Morning News, July 20th was in fact a day at the beach, as reporter Lisa Mateo and two of her colleagues spent several hours at the Nickerson Beach Park campground doing a variety of interviews, including one with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.
The visit was spurred by the recreational vehicle industry’s promotion of its 100th anniversary and the popularity of Nickerson Beach’s campground among RV owners. Nickerson Beach is one of only two campground sites in Nassau County. The second, Battle Row Campground, is located in Bethpage and is also run by the county.
Mateo, who filed several reports from the campground during the course of the morning newscast, was joined by engineer Fred Ciardi and cameraman Jonathan Fine, an avid camper who gave a tour of his vintage RV as part of the program. Fine also provided a listing of some of his favorite RV sites, including Nickerson Beach.
About midway through the 4 1/2-hour newscast, County Executive Mangano sat for a hearty breakfast with a family and discussed the campground and a number of additional recreational activities in the county.
To learn more about the Nickerson Beach and Battle Row campgrounds, click here.