Gateway National Recreation Area | BEACH AT FORT TILDEN

Far western end Fort Tilden Beach

Far western end Fort Tilden Beach


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If you want to get away from the crowds at Jacob Riis Beach next door, give the beach at Fort Tilden a try. It’s simply tougher to access, which keeps 95 percent of the people off of it. All of the parking lots at Fort Tilden require some sort of permit, so for most people this means parking at Jacob Riis and walking or biking at least a half mile to begin escaping the crowds (parking fees apply at Jacob Riis Park from Memorial Day to Labor Day).

Rules for using Fort Tilden beach

Rules for using Fort Tilden beach

A concrete path that flanks the Atlantic Ocean runs the length of Jacob Riis Park before ending at 169th Street, the road that serves as the boundary between the Jacob Riis and Fort Tilden beaches. Another concrete path called Shore Road runs about halfway down the Fort Tilden beach, but there is no direct connection to it from where the pavement ends at 169th Street. For those biking from Jacob Riis Park, once at 169th Street you can either push your bike a quarter mile through the sand until connecting with Shore Road, or take a right on 169th Street and then the first left onto the paved Davis Road, which connects to Shore Road.

Biking on the concrete path that runs along the beach at Fort Tilden

Biking on the concrete path that runs along the beach at Fort Tilden

The crowds get sparser and sparser the farther west you travel along Fort Tilden beach. Keep in mind, though, that there are no lifeguards or concessions at Fort Tilden. If you want amenities, stick to Jacob Riis Park.

Crowds at Jacob Riis Beach on August 11, 2021, at 12 PM

Crowds at Jacob Riis Beach on August 11, 2021, at 12 PM

Crowds at Fort Tilden Beach on August 11, 2021, at 1 PM

Crowds at Fort Tilden Beach on August 11, 2021, at 1 PM

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Last updated on December 27, 2021
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