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!
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!