Best family beaches: New Jersey & New York

Jul 19, 2011 at 1:26 p.m. ET

Check out these two family-friendly beaches -- Sandy Hook in New Jersey, and Coopers Beach in New York!

Sandy Hook Beach, NJ

Sandy Hook Beach, New Jersey

New Jersey's Sandy Hook Beach, a seven-mile stretch of ocean and bay front beaches, is super-clean and home to more than 300 species of migratory birds. So if your little ones love bird watching (or chasing!), Sandy Hook is the place to be. Hitch a ferry ride from Manhattan and then a shuttle bus (or bike ride) to get to the beach. Don't miss the maritime museum after a day in the sun!

Online: Sandy Hook Beach, New Jersey -


Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York

The main beach on Long' Island's Southampton village, Coopers Beach is stunningly pristine, clean and beautiful. June is a relatively quiet month to visit the shore, and if you are looking to avoid peak-season prices hit the beach in May or September. Come prepared to pay for parking however! It's $40 per car, per day for non-residents!

Online: Village of Southampton, New York -