|A couple enjoy the beautiful water view at Wantagh Park|
Wantagh Park, located in southeastern Nassau County, has been part of the county park system since 1961. Consisting of 111 acres, the park provides a waterfront location and numerous opportunities for recreation, along with seating areas that allow visitors to relax and enjoy the magnificent view.
There are five tennis courts (Free); and one basketball court.
Athletic fields include three softball fields and one baseball field; all fields have lights (new turf infields on three softball fields).
There are one-mile and two-mile walking paths that can also be used for bicycle riding and jogging.
A two-mile Fitness Trail provides a jogging or walking trail and 20 attractive and simple fitness stations that incorporate a variety of exercises. These include stretching, pull-ups, sit-ups and balance walking exercises that increase slightly in difficulty as the trail proceeds. The Trail begins by the entrance to the park and winds around the park before ending by the marina.
A playground located at the north end of the park has apparatus appropriate for toddlers through teens. There are eight reserved (fee) picnic areas, which include barbecue equipment and four sheltered areas (permit required). Leisure Pass and fee required for reserved areas. In person picnic reservations will be accepted beginning Monday, April 5, 2021. There is also a section available for small non-reserved picnic groups.
The 18-hole miniature golf course is open seven days a week, 12-8pm, in season, weather permitting. Fees: Leisure Pass holders, $9 for those 13 years of age and older, $6 for seniors with Leisure Pass; $6 for all children (under 13 years of age), $14 non-Leisure Pass holders .In the event of rain, please call to ensure the course is open. Please call for more information; 571-7460.
|The large swimming complex offers a variety of different pools and activities for children and adults.|
A swimming complex (fee required) includes an Olympic-sized main pool, a diving pool, a “kiddie” pool, training pool, an interactive water-play area and two water slides (30 foot).
The pool complex includes various conveniences, including lockers, showers, a concession stand, and lounge and deck chairs.
Hours: Wantagh pool closed for the season
Fees (daily): resident adult, $10; resident child (4-17 years of age) $6; resident senior, disabled, vol. firefighter, ambulance corps auxiliary police, veterans, $6; non-resident adult, $25, non-resident senior & child, $20. A Leisure Pass is required for residents to receive the resident rate. Seasonal passes are also available for residents with Leisure Passes, with rates as follows: families ($310); individuals ($125); and seniors ($69).
Boating & Fishing:
Launch ramp permits are available seasonally or daily (fee required; permit obtainable at the Park Administration Office).
Wantagh Park is a South Shore Blueway Trail launch/landing location, offering water access to non-motorized boaters. For more information, click: http://southshoreblueway.com
A fishing pier just beyond the marina is open year-round, weather permitting.
Marina boat slips are also available. Marina lottery entries accepted from January 2 through March 12, 2021.
A newly-turfed dog run includes separate areas for big and small dogs; it is located near the administration building. Dogs are permitted only in dog runs, and other specific park pathways, designated by the Commissioner of Parks.
Horseshoe courts are available, along with a game area for chess and checkers.
Take the Southern State Parkway to Exit 27 South (Wantagh Parkway). Exit off the Wantagh Parkway at Sunrise Highway East. Make a right onto Wantagh Avenue. Take to the end and make right onto Merrick Road. At first light make a left into park.
Patrons at Wantagh Park enjoy the fishing pier just beyond the marina.