One of two cities in Nassau County, Long Beach is located on Long Beach Barrier Island and nicknamed the "City by the Sea" (with good reason). The city is host to five miles of white, sandy beaches adjoining the Atlantic Ocean. It's a high energy and high density community, offering high-rise condominiums, attached houses, and beach bungalows, in addition to more traditional homes. The city provides its residents a full range of services from animal control, to police and fire departments, to 24 hour municipal bus service. If you're looking for vibrant culture and a short trip to the beach, Long Beach may be the right community to call your home.
Activities in Long Beach extend far beyond city's beautiful beaches and far reaching boardwalk. Park Avenue - the city's main strip - showcases a number of excellent restaurants, boutiques and nightlife options. For a Manhattan experience beach side, residents can spend an evening at the world class Allegria hotel, where partygoers enjoy cocktails and dancing into the early morning hours. The Long Beach Tennis Center provides state of the art tennis facilities and the Long Beach Ice Arena is a great spot for birthday parties or a leisurely afternoon skate. The beach is never wanting for things to do with free summer concerts and the famous Polar Bear Swim, where thousands take a dip ... in the dead of winter. Surfing is a big part of Long Beach's culture, and Long Beach has made a name for itself as one of the best places to surf on the East Coast. It even played host to a leg of the Quicksilver Pro Tour in 2011. Locals swear by Unsound Surf Shop on Park Avenue, where pros gather to swap stories, beginners go to rent boards and the fashionable go for all their gear.
The main attraction in Long Beach is Ocean Beach Park, which features five miles of beautiful beaches and a boardwalk that stretches over two miles. For kids tired of the sand, the Clark Street Playground in the Canals section of the city was recently revamped to include a splash park.
Kennedy Plaza, which is home to World War II and Holocaust memorials, is also the site of concerts, art festivals and a weekly farmer's market.
The Long Beach branch of the Long Island Rail Road originates in Long Beach, with the train station conveniently located in the center of the city, on Park Avenue. Commuters can make it into New York's Penn Station in just under an hour, and beach-goers regularly make the "reverse-commute" during the summer season to hit the beach. In addition to travel by rail, residents of Long Beach have easy access to the Loop Parkway, which leads to the Meadowbrook Parkway and Ocean Parkway, and, on the other side of the island, access to the Atlantic Beach Bridge, which leads into the Five Towns and Queens.
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