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May 042016

1.Moonshine Beach Park


This is a very clean area to take the children or just kick back and relax or even get out and speed boat time. Love this spot and you will too.

(417) 335-8383

3778 State Highway 165BransonMO65616

(573) 368-9088

15690 Boiling Springs RoadLickingMO65542

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May 012016

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Clinton Lake

Clinton Lake State Recreation Area

Clinton, Illinois

Open Memorial Day – Labor Day

Swimming, Water Skiing, No Pets Allowed, Showers, Restrooms

Effingham Beach

Lake Sara

Effingham, IL

Swimming, Beach Volleyball, Concession

Moraine View State Recreation Area

27374 Moraine View Park Road

LeRoy, IL 61752

(309) 724-8032

Open Memorial Day – Labor Day

Lake Shelbyville Beach

Shelbyville, IL

Public Beaches are at Dam West, Sullivan Beach, Wilborn Creek, and Wolf Creek State Park.

Swimming, Picnicing, Camping, Boating, Hiking, Marina

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Lake Springfield Beach

Center Park just north of Lyndsay Bridge

Springfield, Illinois

(217) 786-4032

Admission is FREE

Swimming, Fishing, Boating – Canoes, Motorboats, Pontoons, Rowboats, Sailboats

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. Chicago Park District Beaches

Calumet Beach (9600-9900 South) Chicago, Illinois

Swimming, Fieldhouse, Bathrooms, Beach House, Park Concessions, Baseball Fields, Basketball Court, Bike Racks, Drinking Fountains, Tennis Courts, Launch/Land Site, Parking

Rainbow Park & Beach

East 75th Street & Lake Michigan

Chicago, IL

Swimming, Bathroom, Beach House, Baseball Field, Basketball Courts, Benches, Bike Racks, Drinking Fountain, Spray Pools, Tennis Courts, Dunes, Water Trail Launch/Land Site

South Shore Cultural Center

7059 S. South Shore Drive

Chicago, IL

Cultural Center, Lakefront Trail Starts, Bathroom, Beach House, Benches, Bike Racks, Drinking Fountains, Nature Area, Bird Sanctuary, Dunes and Prairies, Parking

63rd Street Beach House

6400 Street and Lake Shore Drive

Jackson Park

Chicago, IL

Beach House, Bathroom, Subway Sandwiches, Bike Racks, Drinking Fountains, Play Lots, Interactive Spray Fountain, ADA and Stroller Beach Mats, Parking, Serenity Courtyard, Posts, Beach Chairs, Water Trail Launch/Land Site, Jackson Park Harbor, Nature Area, Lagoons, Prairies, Bird Sanctuaries

57th Street Beach

5700 Street South

Chicago, IL

Swimming, Bathroom, Rib Inn

49th Street Beach

4900 Street South

Chicago, IL

Swimming, Bathroom, Drinking Fountain

31st Street Beach

1200 Street South

Chicago, IL

Swimming, Bathroom, Drinking Fountain, Playground, Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs, Tri State Novelty Balloons, ADA and Stroller Mats, Parking, Burnham Skate Park (offers 20,000 square feet of smooth skate surface featuring various “spine”, “pyramids” and “bowls” to accommodate skateboarding stunts as well as curbs, rails and stairs. Pedestrian Underpass, Nature Area, Prairies, Water Trail Launch/Land Site

12th Street Beach

1200 Street South

Chicago, IL

Swimming, Bathroom, Museum Campus Cafe & Ice Cream Shop, Prairie Concessions, Kim & Carol’s Chic Hot Dogs, Classic Carousel, Pretzels & More, Benches, Bike Racks, Drinking Fountains, Pedestrian Underpass

Ohio Street Beach

400 North

Chicago, IL

Swimming, Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs, Shan’s Sunglasses, and Pedestrian Underpass

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Oak Street Beach

1000 North

Chicago, IL

Swimming, Bathroom, Shan’s Sunglasses,Oak Street Beachstro, Volleyball Posts, ADA and Stroller Beach Mat and Pedestrian Underpass

North Avenue Beach

1600 North

Chicago, IL

Swimming, Bathroom, Ship Shaped Beach House, Bike Chicago, North Avenue Beach News, Crunch Fitness, North Avenue Hockey, Shan’s Sunglasses, Sunshine Beach Toys, Stefani’s Castawayas, Benches, Volleyball Posts, Drinking Founains, Pavillion, Parking, ADA and Stroller BEach Mat, Pedestrian Underpass, Lagoons

Wilson Avenue

4800 North

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Oregon Coast Information, Maps & Resources | Travel Oregon

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Apr 302016

If you brought a swimsuit to the Oregon Coast, dont worry, someone will loan you a sweater.

People dont come to the Oregon Coast to work on their tans. You wont see many bikinis on Cape Blanco or folks sitting idly with a book next to the Devils Punchbowl.

We dont even call it the beach. We dont come here seeking the sun. Sure, you might see it peeking through the old growth of Oswald West. But as soon as you hear the surf crashing into the cliffs, you stop paying attention to anything else.

Thats the moment you start to realize how big this all is. Troubles seem smaller and the little moments feel magnified. And as you splash in the tide pools, watch the whales, hunt for agates, explore lighthouses and wander all 363 miles of free and public coastline, you might be like, Im calling in sick tomorrow. Im learning to surf.

And someone will probably teach you, because Oregonians are just cool like that. Eventually you realize that your beach bod still looks pretty good under those layers of clothing.

Lots of places have a beach.

If you want to go to the Coast, you have to come to Oregon.

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The majority of north Oregon coast beaches are within two hours drive of Portland. The spectacular coastline has much to offer its visitors – breathtaking views of unspoiled beaches, sand dunes, and rocky cliffs and miles of nature and hiking trails. Although the north coast waters are too cold for most people to swim, wet-suit surfing is a popular sport on some beaches.

Seaside Beach Seaside is the favorite beach destination of many locals. This popular family-friendly town features a promenade and boardwalk along the beach. The downtown streets are lined with clothing shops, candy stores, arcades and the usual coastal trinket shops.

Cannon Beach Cannon Beach is a more upscale version of Seaside with boutiques, art galleries, coffee shops, and restaurants featuring fresh seafood lining both sides of the main street. Cannon Beach is also home to Haystack Rock – one of the largest monoliths in the world.

Lincoln City Lincoln City is known as one of the top kite-flying destinations in the world. Thousands of people come to this seaside town to watch the gray whales migrate in early spring and again in fall and early winter. Other favorite pastimes are beach-combing, deep-sea fishing, antiquing, and shopping at the Tanger Outlet Mall.

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Beaches Near Indiana | USA Today

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Apr 282016

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Indiana’s short northern border along Lake Michigan offers sandy beaches, dunes and marshlands. In addition, a number of lakes in the state have public and private beaches that provide a variety of water activities, including boating and fishing, and, of course, swimming and sunbathing.

Patoka Lake ( stretches into the Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana. Part of a 25,800-acre collection of state recreational areas, the 8,000-acre lake is a destination for campers, boaters and anglers. Park interpreters lead programs on kayaking and the natural history of the area, which provides habitat for bald eagles and osprey. The park has an archery range, 10 boat ramps and a disc golf course. Marinas rent houseboats and sell marine supplies and fuel. Patoka Lake’s swimming beach has a bathhouse with restrooms, showers and a food concession.

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore ( offers steep dunes, marshes, woodlands and 15 miles of beach on Lake Michigan. Hiking trails in the park connect the historic areas, parallel a bird sanctuary and wind over dunes and through bogs. A path leads to the top of Mount Baldy, a 126-foot tall dune. The park’s Artist-in-Residence program invites artists to live at the park and share their work. Only one of the seven designated beaches at the park, West Beach, has lifeguards and showers, and that beach charges a fee. All of the beaches have parking lots and restrooms.

Pokagan State Park ( in the northeast corner of Indiana, borders Lake James and Snow Lake. Stone and wood buildings constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps dot the rolling hills and wetlands of the park. Hiking trails ranging in length from just under a mile to over two-miles long wind through the countryside, and park rangers lead interpretive programs. Pokagan State Park offers accommodations at a campground, in cabins and at the Potawatomi Inn. A swimming beach with a free bathhouse on Lake James opens the Saturday before Memorial Day and closes on Labor Day or earlier, depending on the weather.

The 10,750-acre Monroe Lake ( south of Bloomington has two unguarded seasonal beaches with modern bathhouses with showers, restrooms and food concession stands. Nine boat ramps provide access to the water for fishing and water skiing. Four easy-to-moderate hiking trails explore the forest ecosystems that surround the lake. Fourwinds Resort ( in the Fairfax State Recreation Area offers rooms and suites overlooking the lake. The resort rents boats and has an indoor/outdoor pool for guests who don’t want to venture to the beach.

Lake O’The Woods Club ( near Valparaiso is a member-owned, family-friendly nudist club with a 20-acre private lake. Non-members pay an additional fee for the use of the club’s amenities such as the beach, swimming pool and clubhouse. Lake O’The Woods has campsites and camping cabins and sponsors planned activities like pancake breakfasts most weekends. Indiana Beach ( is an amusement complex on Lake Shafer near Monticello. The complex has more than 40 rides, including six roller coasters, restaurants and a swimming beach. Overnight guests can choose from cottages, standard rooms and a NASCAR RV park.

Meg Jernigan has been writing for more than 30 years. She specializes in travel, cooking and interior decorating. Her offline credits include copy editing full-length books and creating marketing copy for nonprofit organizations. Jernigan attended George Washington University, majoring in speech and drama.

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Apr 182016

1. Little Beach


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Just north of Miami lies one of the few county-run and government-sanctioned clothing-optional beaches in the United States. For years Haulover Beach has been a haven for naturists from South Florida as well as snowbirds from Canada and Europe. Thanks to the efforts of the South Florida Free Beach Association, this beach has certified lifeguards and organized group activities, such as swimming and volleyball.


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Named for a hulking, wrecked vessel that once sat on the sand, Wreck Beach was Canada’s first government-sanctioned, clothing-optional beach. The 3-mile-long beach is also a wildlife and nesting area for bald eagles. Still, some sections of the beach assume carnival-like atmosphere thanks to its proximity to the University of British Columbia and its popularity with students. One stretch of sand known as Vendors’ Row is a 1-stop shop for souvenirs, refreshments and ever-important sunscreen.

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Beaches in Mississippi | USA Today

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Apr 122016

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Biloxi has man-made, white-sand beaches. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images News/Getty Images )

Known for its Southern charm and hospitality, Mississippi also offers great outdoor recreation on land and water. The state’s southern borders are situated on the Mississippi Sound and Gulf of Mexico, which means plenty of water and beaches for boating, fishing and swimming. In many communities, Highway 90 runs parallel to the coast and offers easy access to beaches. Other beaches are on state islands but also easy to get to by private or charter boat.

Ocean Springs, Long Beach, Bay St. Louis, Waveland and other coast cities have beaches overlooking the Mississippi Sound. The longest stretch of sand and surf is in Biloxi and Gulfport, which have 26 miles of man-made, white-sand beaches. Waves along the beaches are small and mild, blocked by a string of barrier islands 10 to 12 miles from shore. Horn, Cat, Petit Bois, East Ship and West Ship islands are part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore. They are bordered by the Mississippi Sound and Gulf of Mexico and have some amazing beaches and potentially big surf. Visitors can only get to the islands by boat, but seasonal ferry service is available to West Ship Island, the most popular of the chain. Dolphins are a common site around the barrier islands.

Waters of the Mississippi Sound are clean but brownish in color. This is because the waters are diluted by other water from the Pascagoula and Pearl rivers, which drain into the sound. Clear blue-green waters can be found in the Gulf of Mexico bordering the barrier islands located off the coast.

Of course, sunbathing and swimming are popular, but when visiting Mississippi beaches the to-do list might include getting in or on kayaks, Jet Skis, sailboats and hydrocycles. The islands are great for shelling, and both coast and island beaches are great for fishing. Part of the mainland beaches are reserved for endangered Least Tern birds. Although people aren’t allowed in these areas, they can get close enough for birdwatching and to take pictures. Because of its higher surf, the islands are great for surfing and boogie boarding.

South Mississippi can be extremely hot and humid, especially in summer, so sunburn, heat rash, heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke are real possibilities. Anyone going to beaches should consume plenty of water and use sunscreen. When not swimming, it is best to wear sunshades and clothes to protect your skin and consider spending time in shaded areas. Some places have vendors renting beach umbrellas. Life guards are on duty in summer on Ship Island, but most beaches are unguarded.

Serena Brown graduated from the University of South Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in communication. She has more than 15 years of experience in newspaper, radio and television reporting. Brown has also authored educational, medical and fitness material.

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Apr 092016

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(212) 869-4270

1411 Broadway Rm 675New York, NY

(212) 254-2729

80 E 11th StNew York, NY

(718) 351-1745

88 Old Town RdStaten Island, NY

(718) 987-6729

210 New York AveStaten Island, NY

(212) 896-4600

89 South StreetNew York, NY

From Business:The Silver Gull Club offers a variety of facilities and activities for children and adults, including more than four swimming pools, water slides, minigolf, basketb

(718) 634-1500

1 Beach 193rd StBreezy Point, NY

(718) 338-3799

169 State RdBreezy Point, NY

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(718) 965-8900

1739 Boardwalk WBrooklyn, NY

(212) 219-0258

157 Rockaway Beach BoulevardRockaway Park, NY

(212) 219-0258

Edgemere Park RdFar Rockaway, NY

From Business:Popular beach for novice and experienced surfers. Point Lookout, NY / Lido Beach & Long Beach Area, 2 story Mint Penthouse Suite 2nd & 3rd levels with Water view Su

(516) 432-3492

53 Lido BlvdPoint Lookout, NY

(914) 921-5900

668 Milton RdRye, NY

(732) 842-0010

1099 Ocean AveSea Bright, NJ

(516) 239-5511

1875 Ocean BlvdAtlantic Beach, NY


This park is a great place to just wander around and enjoy the more than 20 acres of paths and lawns, many with descriptive signs along the way abou

(914) 967-0965

95 Dearborn AveRye, NY

(516) 571-7700

880 Lido BlvdLido Beach, NY

(516) 239-4491

1399 Beech StAtlantic Beach, NY

(732) 222-3300

1035 Ocean AveLong Branch, NJ

From Business:Located south of New York City, this beach is known for its sea kayak zone.

(732) 899-3306

416 New Jersey AvePoint Pleasant Beach, NJ

(203) 854-7806

50 Calf Pasture Beach RdNorwalk, CT

(732) 988-5533

1 Ocean AveOcean Grove, NJ

(732) 681-3700

400 Ocean AveBelmar, NJ

(631) 583-0196

937 Bay WalkOcean Beach, NY

(203) 256-3010

323 Fairfield Beach RdFairfield, CT

(513) 867-5348

880 S Benson RdFairfield, CT

(732) 899-2424

308 BoardwalkPoint Pleasant Beach, NJ

(732) 892-8412

704 Ocean AvePoint Pleasant Beach, NJ

(203) 576-7233

1 Barnum DykeBridgeport, CT

(732) 229-7025

221 Ocean Ave NLong Branch, NJ

(631) 269-0707

SUNKEN Meadow PkwyKings Park, NY

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Apr 072016

We came here on a holiday so of course it was packed. Living only a couple of miles from the beach, the only draw to this place was that parking lot 13 supposedly allowed nude sunbathing. Before we even arrived to lot 13 you could see already that the parking lot was going to be full, and all the other lots were already full.

People started parking on the side of the road in between 12 and 13 and security didn’t seem to mind since you have to pay $5 to get in and they were making so much money. We walked over through 12 and planned to go down to 13 to be able to partake in no tan lines, but to my surprise everyone was already in the flesh, so needless to say, everyone around was comfortable with it.

The only thing I would suggest is making sure to have at least one other person in your party if you don’t want to approached by strangers walking by, but if you have someone with you people tend to leave you alone. I would say it’s worth the money and the drive (30 minutes for us to get there and about 15 more once you get past the gate) but it’s great if you like quiet (no kids) and hate wearing a bathing suit.

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Hidden Beach – Beaches – Minneapolis, MN – Reviews – Yelp

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Apr 062016

Oh, Hidden Beach. You are the exact opposite of hidden. Some people are nostalgically attached to you. I’m not one of them. Ima tell ’em what’s what, Hidden Beach, and you can’t stop me… ’cause you’re a beach.

I went for the first time last summer and… hmm…. the word that comes to mind is dirrrrrrty (X-tina-style=too dirty to clean its act up). The beach was ungodly crowded and I think I shaved about three years off my life by breathing the second-hand smoke hanging in the atmosphere like Hidden Beach’s own personal smoke monster.

I could see nary a square inch of sand, which turned out to be a blessing because under the beach towels were old cigarettes, broken glass bottles, used condoms (at least they’re being safe, right?) and rusty nails (YEP, I found an actual rusty nail). I don’t even want to know what has gone down in those mud pits over the years. Yelch.

The two stars are for (a) best. people-watching. ever. (saw some water-walkers on stand-up paddle boards, cute dogs, cute babies that should have been taken to a less rough-and-tumble beach, really good and really bad tattoos, etc.) and (b) for simply being a beach (gotta give it up for that, I’m not heartless).

Oh, I feel for you, Hidden Beach… you sorry has-been, I hope you aren’t too upset by my criticism. Either way, you’re a beach, so you can’t hurt me. Unless there’s something you’d like to tell me about that rusty nail…

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Beaches Closest to Reading, Pennsylvania | USA Today

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Oceanfront beaches in New Jersey are only a day trip away from Reading. (Photo: Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images )

Thoughts of Reading, Pennsylvania, are not likely to conjure up images of sunbathing on a windswept beach while the waves lap the sand a few feet away. Though this city of 88,000 is not on the water, a number of lake and river beaches are within the state. If you’re looking for something grander, a smattering of large and small beaches are on the coast, just a few hours away.

The beach at Blue Marsh Lake in Leesport, Pennsylvania, may be small, but it is certainly convenient. Just a 20-minute drive northwest of Reading, this man-made lake covers a good deal of ground — 1,147 acres of water area, to be precise. The lake allows swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing and scuba diving during the summer months, while winter adventurers can enjoy ice boating, ice fishing and ice skating. The park surrounding the lake has over 36 miles of trails, open to pedestrians, equestrians and bicyclists.

Mt. Gretna Lake and Beach, in Pennsylvania, provides a premium beach experience without a lengthy drive. Under an hour due west of Reading, the facility rests on the banks of the stream-fed Lake Conewago. An admission fee is charged to access Mt. Gretna’s 300-square-foot beach and groves, but the facilities are well worth it. Mt. Gretna has lifeguards on duty in protected swimming areas, canoe and kayak rentals, two diving boards and a water swing.

Within a two-hour drive to the east and north of Reading, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania boasts two grassy beaches open to the public. Both Milford Beach, near the town of Milford, and Smithfield Beach, near Delaware Water Gap, charge entrance fees for cars, bicyclists and pedestrians. Visitors enjoy boat and canoe launches and picnic areas, and access is available to the Joseph M. McDade Recreational Trail for avid hikers.

Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park at Monmouth Beach, New Jersey, is just a couple of hours away, directly to the east of Reading on the New Jersey coast. The 38-acre park is open year-round, with parking and entrance fees during the summer months. Enjoy a round of beach volleyball on the court or venture into open water on a kayak or canoe. Lifeguards are on duty in protected areas of the beach, which is also open to surfers.

A graduate of Oberlin College, Caitlin Duke has written on travel and relationships for She has crisscrossed the country several times, and relishes discovering new points on the map. As a credentialed teacher, she also has a strong background in issues facing families today.

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Lake Beaches in Eastern Pennsylvania | USA Today

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Swim at a designated lake beach in Pennsylvania. (Photo: Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images )

Visit one of 117 state parks or 2.1 million acres of forest land managed by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources ( for a day of recreation. County and city parks also offer Pennsylvania residents and visitors a place to bike, hike, walk or swim. In the eastern half of the state, several destinations invite visitors to wade in the water from a beach bordering lakes ranging in size from 1.7-acre Fuller Lake to 1,147-acre Blue Marsh Lake.

Located 21 miles south of the New York border and 52 miles north of Williamsport, 407-acre Hills Creek State Park ( has a sandy beach bordering 137-acre Hills Creek Lake. A grassy area also welcomes visitors near the lake’s shore, and boats may be launched to spend the day fishing for bass, carp or catfish. At 2,158-acre Little Pine State Park, wade in the water from a sand beach with grass turf to swim in the 94-acre Little Pine Lake. Pack a picnic lunch to refuel at one of four designated areas after a day of swimming or explore more than 14 miles of hiking trails through the park.

Located near Leesport, Blue Marsh Lake ( spans 1,147 acres of water surface and has a designated swimming beach area. Launch a boat or spend time hiking on 36 miles of trails after time spent swimming on the lake. The privately owned Mt. Gretna Lake and Beach ( is 46 miles west of Blue Marsh Lake near Lebanon and features 300 feet of sandy beaches adjacent to a roped swimming area as well as a diving board and water swing. A daily admission fee applies at Mt. Gretna Lake; beach chair rentals, changing areas and picnic tables are available to visitors.

Spend the day on one of 150 lakes in the Pocono Mountains ( region in northeastern Pennsylvania. Access Beltzville Lake from a 525-foot beach at 3,002-acre Beltzville State Park ( during the summer months. Located 23 miles south of Scranton, Gouldsboro and Tobyhanna state parks also have sandy beaches open to visitors on 250-acre Gouldsboro Lake and 170-acre Tobyhanna Lake. Head to the beach at Mauch Chunk Lake Park ( in Carbon County to swim in a designated area under a lifeguard’s supervision and near a family picnic area. More than 150,000 visitors annually head the to sandy beaches at Mauch Chunk Lake annually to swim, boat, fish or hike.

At 696-acre Pine Grove Furnace State Park (, swim from sandy beaches at both 25-acre Laurel Lake and 1.7-acre Fuller Lake. Snack bars are open during the summer at both beaches; boating is permitted on Laurel Lake. A 3.5-acre lake swimming beach is also available at 273-acre Colonel Deming State Park, located near Landisburg and Newville. Claim a spot on the sandy beaches of 2,338-acre Gifford Pinchot State Park bordering 340-acre Pinchot Lake. Boat rentals, a children’s playground and picnic areas are adjacent to the beach. Overnight campsites are available for those planning a multiday stay.

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Apr 012016

Most DCR swimming beaches are open to the public between Memorial Day and Labor Day. During that time DCR offers access to parking, restroom facilities and regular water quality testing. Many DCR beaches also offer lifeguard services. After Labor Day and before Memorial Day, DCR does not conduct regular water quality testing or guarantee other beach services

DCR allows the use of ONLY U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation devices at it’s public swimming ocean, inland beaches and pools. The tag inside the flotation device must say U.S. Coast Guard approved. The user of the approved flotation device must be accompanied by a capable swimmer. Inflatable devices are not allowed.

Although U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation devices are allowed, DCR asks that parents or guardians always keep a close watch on their children when in any amount of water. In certain conditions such as strong currents flotation devices may not be allowed by the Lifeguard staff. If you have any questions please check with the Lifeguard on duty.

Inflatable Swimmies are not US Coast Guard approved and therefore not allowed. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Long Beach, Mississippi – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Mar 232016


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 10.4 square miles (26.9km2), of which 10.0 square miles (25.9km2) is land and 0.39 square miles (1.0km2), or 3.74% is water.[2]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 17,320 people, 6,560 households, and 4,696 families residing in the city. The population density is 1,713.6 people per square mile (661.5/km). There were 7,203 housing units at an average density of 712.6 per square mile (275.1/km). The racial makeup of the city was 87.49% White, 7.36% African American, 0.39% Native American, 2.57% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.68% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. 2.29% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,560 households out of which 36.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 13.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size is 3.07.

In the city the population dispersal was 27.1% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.7 males. The median income for a household in the city was $43,289, and the median income for a family was $50,014. Males had a median income of $35,909 versus $24,119 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,305. 9.0% of the population and 7.7% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 15.2% of those under the age of 18 and 3.7% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

The city of Long Beach is served by the Long Beach School District. The district operates five campuses and has an enrollment of approximately 2,700 students. These campuses include Long Beach High School, Long Beach Middle School, Reeves Elementary School, Quarles Elementary School, and Harper McCaughan Elementary School, rebuilt in a new location after the previous school was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Long Beach High has a long-standing tradition of excellence. It offers rigorous academics including college preparatory classes, advanced placement classes and award winning vocational classes. In 2007 Long Beach High School was named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, making it one of four schools in Mississippi and one of about 273 private and public schools in the United States to receive this honor.

The Gulf Coast campus of the University of Southern Mississippi is located in Long Beach along Beach Boulevard. The Friendship Oak tree is located on the front lawn of the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus.

Long Beach began as an agricultural town, based around its radish industry. But on August 10, 1905, Long Beach incorporated and became another city on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. As the years went on, the city moved from its agricultural heritage and moved toward tourism with the beach and high-rise condominiums becoming increasingly popular.

Long Beach’s early economy was based largely upon radishes. Logging initially drove the local economy, but when the area’s virgin yellow pine forests became depleted, row crops were planted on the newly cleared land.[6]

A productive truck farming town in the early 20th century, citizens of Long Beach proclaimed the city to be the “Radish Capital of the World”. The city was especially known for its cultivation of the Long Red radish variety, a favorite beer hall staple in the northern US at the time. In 1921, a bumper crop resulted in the shipment of over 300 train loads of Long Beach’s Long Red radishes to northern states.[7][8]

Eventually, the Long Red radishes for which Long Beach was known fell into disfavor, and the rise of the common button radish caused a dramatic decline in the cultivation of this crop in the area.[6]

Nineteen days following the city’s centennial, Hurricane Katrina struck the city on August 29, 2005, destroying almost all buildings within 500m of the Gulf of Mexico shoreline. Many Long Beach residents were left homeless or living in water and or wind damaged houses.[9]

The city of Long Beach, California, held a fund raiser to help its eponymous relative.[10] The city of Peoria, Arizona, adopted Long Beach and provided both public and private resources. This resulted in a close relationship between the two communities.[citation needed]

Today, the city is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina. Residents are returning as beaches and condominiums in the area are being repaired. However, the city has not seen a return of business to pre-Katrina levels due in part to building codes on the beach established by Federal Emergency Management Agency and Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and to the economic downturn.

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Virginia has over 3,300 miles of shoreline, including 112 miles of coasts. Its not surprising to find that the state also has several famous beaches that draw millions of tourists each year for swimming, fishing, boating, seashell collecting, bird watching, clamming and nature trails.

Assateague Island straddles two states, Maryland and Virginia, and was established in 1962 as the Assateague Island National Seashore to protect its natural environment as a vital resting and migratory spot for various bird species. All the 37 miles of dunes, wildlife and wetlands are protected, and therefore, there are no signs of commercial or residential development. Assateague is best known for the wild ponies that wander the pristine beaches, as well as the Assateague Lighthouse, which is open to public visitors. Toms Cove Visitor Center 8586 Beach Road Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 757-336-6577

Chincoteague is home to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, listed as one of the top five U.S. shorebird migratory staging areas. Chincoteague is Virginias only resort island, and is world famous for oyster beds and clam shoals. Its also the gateway to Assateague, and the wild ponies there are herded to swim across the channel to Chincoteague Island each July for auction, a popular public event. In addition to the usual swimming, sun bathing and water sports, the Park Service and Wildlife Refuge both offer guided wildlife tours and exhibits throughout the year. Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center 6733 Maddox Blvd. Chincoteague Island, VA 23336 757-336-6161

Colonial Beach is at the tip of the Northern Neck region, one of the few remaining small seaport towns on the Potomac River. It has sandy beaches and marinas on Monroe Bay ideal for swimming, boating and sailing. The area is also quite historic, containing George Washington’s birthplace; Stratford Hall, the boyhood home of Robert E. Lee; and neighboring Westmoreland County, the birthplace of James Monroe. Colonial Beach has been designated as one of the few Golf Cart Towns, where golf carts may be operated by licensed drivers on city streets, but the Town Trolley also makes sightseeing stops. Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce 6 N Irving Ave. Colonial Beach, VA 22443 804-224-8145

At the northern end of Norfolk on the Chesapeake Bay lies Ocean View Beach, with 7.5 miles of beaches, commercial piers, bait shops, rental paddle boats, Jet Skis and sailboats, and a park with a bathhouse and picnic tables. The Ocean View Beach Festival is held every summer with live music, dancing and family activities right on the beach. The boardwalk is a good spot for a stroll and occasional sightings of submarines from nearby Norfolk Naval Air Station. Ocean View Beach Park 100 W. Ocean View Ave. Norfolk, VA 757-441-1776

Virginia Beach is the states most famous beach and the third largest in the United States, with 35 miles of waterfront property. Chesapeake Bay Beach and Sandbridge are two distinct beaches within the city borders that are more tranquil and secluded. For those who want excitement, theres the Resort Beaches area, which include the 3-mile oceanfront boardwalk, with bikes and roller blades for rent, restaurants, shops and various festivals during the summer. There are plenty of options for additional entertainment, including 4,000 acres in parks and national refuges, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Waterpark. Virginia Beach Visitors Center 2100 Parks Ave. Virginia Beach, VA 23451 800-VA-BEACH (800-822-3224)

Bonnie Singleton has been writing professionally since 1996. She has written for various newspapers and magazines including “The Washington Times” and “Woman’s World.” She also wrote for the BBC-TV news magazine “From Washington” and worked for Discovery Channel online for more than a decade. Singleton holds a master’s degree in musicology from Florida State University and is a member of the American Independent Writers.

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Virginia beaches include several that are world famous for various reasons. You can pick the action packed shores at Virginia Beach or watch the four-legged residents of Assateague Island. Over 3300 miles of shoreline are available to vacation visitors to the State of Virginia.

Virginia Beach This is the largest and most populous of the Virginia beaches. People come to enjoy the three mile Boardwalk with its games, concessions, arcades and food. Numerous hotels overlook the beach and shoreline where there is swimming, surfing, sailing as well as sand activities such as volleyball, sand soccer and kite-flying. Miles of walking and hiking trails are available, not only on the beach and Boardwalk, but the First Landing State Park which winds through the wetlands along Broad Bay. A short distance away by tram is the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park.

Back in Virginia Beach, many of the entertainment programs are free and aimed at families. The beaches at Virginia Beach are also free. If the beach activities are too tame for you, the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Waterpark and the go-karts at Motor World will liven things up a bit. Fascinating educational exhibits are available for viewing at the Virginia Beach Aquarium & Marine Science Center.

A small side trip to Mount Trashmore, to the Cape Henry Lighthouses or to the Old Coast Guard Station adds local color to your visit.

You may also enjoy a more secluded beach experience at North End Beach and Sandbridge just to the south of Virginia Beach. Some of the ocean-front houses there can be rented by the week.

Eastern ShoreVirginias Eastern Shore is home to three well-known beaches. The peninsula is reached via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel where the Kiptopeke State Park is known for its annual birding festival. Because Chesapeake Bay has calm waters and there is a short nature trail, this is the ideal beach for families with young children to use one of the many camping sites.

Sister islands, Chincoteague and Assateague are famous for the herd of wild ponies which reside on Assateague except during the annual two day drive. Chincoteague has no beachfront, but Assateague, reached by a short causeway between the two islands has wide beaches, virtually untouched and miles of trails.

NorfolkOcean View Beach at Norfolk stretches for eight miles along Chesapeake Bay. The four wide city beaches feature gentle surf, lifeguards, and picnicking facilities. Visitors can rent kayaks, paddleboats, jet skis and sailboats. In addition to the beach activities, visitors to Norfolk can visit museums such as Hampton Roads Naval Museum, the National Maritime Center and the USS Wisconsin, and Nauticus.

HamptonIn addition to 12 deep water marinas, Hampton is home to Buckroe Beach, a favorite for windsurfing visitors.

River BeachesVirginia also has several river beaches where the tributaries flow into Chesapeake Bay or into the Atlantic Ocean. Fishermen particularly appreciate these beaches, because they can catch both freshwater and saltwater fish in the same area. An outstanding river beach is Chippokes Plantation State Park with two miles of beach along the James River.

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2016 Beach LifeguardDates

Beach Park

Opening Date

Closing Date

Lifeguard Hours


June 18

July 4***

Noon 7 p.m.


June 18

September 5

Noon 7 p.m.


June 25

August 21

Noon 7 p.m.


June 25

August 21

Noon 7 p.m.


June 18

September 5

Noon 7 p.m.


June 25

August 21

2 p.m. 5 p.m.

*Please note that Newcastle and Enatai Beach Parks will remain open through Labor Day, September 5.

**Chesterfield Beach Park will not open on days of inclement weather.

***Meydenbauer Beach Park will close after July 4th due to construction.

Please phone 425-452-4444 for additional information.

Bellevue Aquatic Center Crossroads Park Water Spray Play Area

Chesterfield Beach Park 2501 100th Avenue SE

Chism Beach Park 9600 SE 11th Street

Clyde Beach Park 2 – 92nd Avenue NE

Enatai Beach Park 3519 108th Avenue SE

Meydenbauer Beach Park 419 98th Avenue NE

Newcastle Beach Park 4400 Lake Washington Boulevard SE

Parks & Community Services PO Box 90012 Bellevue, WA 98009 Contact: Scott Armstrong Phone: 425-452-4444 E-mail:

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Texas is known for many things, but many people overlook Texas beaches. With 600 miles of the Gulf of Mexico coastline, it is difficult to see why. Beachgoers will find everything here in Texas that they could find in more popular beach destinations such as California. Texas beaches have exciting water sports, plenty of room for sunbathing, beach houses and surf. Have a Texas Beach Partyinvite all your friends and have them invite all of theirs. You can party year-round here and enjoy every bit of the sun.

One Texas beach you should be familiar with is Surfside Beach Texas. It is small island created by the Gulf of Mexico. It has 21 miles of shoreline. You will find plenty of space to relax and enjoy the tranquility of the splashing waves. Also, they have hundreds of cabana beach houses lining the coast as a place to call home for a weekend or a week. Make Surfside Beach Texas a home away from home, set up a hammock, and let the breeze blow your stress away.

Other Texas beach vacation spots to be familiar with are numerous and hard to count on 2 hands. Keep your eyes open to see Crystal Beach, Galveston Island, and South Padre Island–the activities are endless. On a Texas beach vacation you can go fishing, crabbing, shelling, birding, beachcombing, biking, surfing, boating camping and photography to name a few. Any water sport you could imagine is here in Texas. Do keep in mind that this is only a few of the beaches that embrace the 600-mile shoreline.

The Texas beach vacation doesn’t stop with sun bathing and water sports, oh no, there are colorful shops and a thriving nightlife that need your attention. Party all night. Isn’t that what the beach is for anywayrecovering? You will have a great time in places such as South Padre Island. Make that Texas Beach party non-stop. There are also plenty of restaurant that are sure to stir your taste buds. And if all of this doesn’t get you excited then take a walk in Sea Rim State park or take a boat cruise. There is an endless amount of the things to do, you just have to jump in and do them.

The Texas beaches are well worth the trip, and come in your own leisure. We aren’t going anyway. Let the sea breeze and the sun let your relax. Time flies when you are having fun, and you certainly don’t want to go back to work too soon. Pick a beach any beach like Surfside Beach Texas for instance, and take advantage of water sports and other festivities going on.

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Georgia beaches may not be as famous as the beaches of California, Miami, or even the Carolinas to the north, but beaches in Georgia can still provide a lovely escape from busy city life. Particularly in the summer, Georgia beaches are warm and quiet, and a nice collection of hotels and spa resorts can be found on the shores of the beaches in Georgia. Many travelers may or may not know that there is a nice collection of islands located just off the coast of Georgia. The nicest Georgia beaches will be found on these islands.

St. Simons Island

St. Simons Island features two white-sand public beaches, two of the loveliest beaches in Georgia. The Massingale Park Beach is the most popular, with a picnic area, bathhouse, and even an on-duty lifeguard from June 1 until Labor Day. Parking and fishing are both free at Massingale, and drinking is allowed. The second beach on the island is the Coast Guard Station Beach, which also has a bathhouse and showers, as well as on-duty lifeguards and permitted drinking. Although Georgia beach rentals are mostly located near Massingale Park, there are also some nice Georgia beach rentals on the Coast Guard side of the island, as well.

Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island is a larger island, with three public beaches and a host of Georgia beach rentals available throughout the summer. Georgia beach vacations on Jekyll Island will not come with lifeguards, but there is plenty to do off of the coast. The St. Andrew Picnic Area is the southern most beach on the island and the most popular, with picnicking spots and showers available. South Dunes Beach and Central Dunes beach are also great places for Georgia beach vacations, both have showers and dunes for running about on.

Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens is a popular spot for Georgia beach vacations, actually features the largest inland man-made white sand beach anywhere in the world. There is a center for children with an enormous playground, along with miniature gold, badminton, and riverboats. The area is chalk full of things to do and see, and although the beach is man-made, it remains one of the nicest in the area.

Beaches in Georgia

Although many travelers may not think of beaches when they think about Georgia, there are actually a lovely collection of beaches that can be enjoyed in Georgia throughout the summer. Beach rental homes are a poular way to spend a week or an entire summer. Many locals and visitors alike rent beach cabins for a get away that feels more like a home at the beach. However you decide to enjoy Georgia, a trip to the beach is a great way to spend the day.

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There are nearly one hundred miles of Georgia beaches stretching between St Marys River and the Port of Savannah. Well-known beaches along the Georgia seacoast include Tybee, St. Marys, Jekyll Island, and Cumberland Island National Seashore. Our Georgia Beaches includes: Tybee Island, Cumberland Island, Jekyll Island, Sapelo Island, Sea Island, St Simons Island, costal towns, and more.

Tybee Island GA This beach resort barrier island is much more serene than its glitzier neighbors in the resorts to the north and south, yet still is a great place to find shopping, live musical entertainment, concerts and great dining. If youre a history buff, visit the historic lighthouse built when England was still in charge. A visit to Fort Screven and Fort Pulaski also confirms the significant history of the area.

St Marys St Marys is the gateway to Cumberland Island, but dont let that fact stop you from spending some time wandering around this city, reputed to be the second oldest city in the United States. The attraction of the area brings festival, conferences and just plain tourists who wander through the streets lined with Victorian era mansions. There are many marinas here, plus the famous and delicious rock shrimp. For some fresh salt air and a view of the many armadillos, visit St Marys

Jekyll Island Jekyll Island has been a plantation, a resort, an affluent hunting club and the site of planning for the Federal Reserve System and the determination of Presidential politics in the 1912 presidential election. The Historic District is a 240 acre site which shows how life was lived in the days of the hunting resort. The balance of the island is now a National Historical Landmark. By statute, 65% of the island must remain in its natural state. This resort destination provides tours of the natural part of the island with its beautiful beaches. Carriage rides, bicycles, hiking trails and first class resort accommodations make this a favorite resort to this day.

Cumberland Island National Seashore Thousands of visitors annually leave St Marys by ferry and travel to the Cumberland Island National Seashore. The Seashore is not a glittery destination, but is preferred by those who like their vacations in nature. Cumberland Island is just over seventeen miles in length and contains over fifty miles of nature trails, many remote beaches and birding opportunities. You can also visit the historical site of the First African Baptist Church on the north end of the island, plus the Plum Orchard Mansion. There are many camping sites located throughout the island if you want to pack in to your site. The quiet beauty of the Island can be enjoyed while hunting, fishing and stargazing away from the city lights.

St Simons Island St. Simons Island is a small vacation island off coast of Georgia. Home to St Simons Lighthouse it is reachable from Brunswick Georgia. This quaint island, its mood and stmosphere make it a desirable tranquil vacation spot. Access to St Simons is via two large bridges that separate the island from the mainland.

The scenery on St. Simons is one of naturally growing plants and beach landscape. Green granss, plam trees, and oak trees are noticible throughout the island.

St Simons Island sits at the entrance to the harbors at Darien and Brunswick. The historic St Simons Lighthouse was originally built in 1810 and rebuilt in 1872, after the close of the hostilities of the Civil War when the original structure was destroyed in 1862 by the Confederate troops. The lighthouse still contains the original lens, although there is no longer a lighthouse keeper since 1950 when the light was automated. The quarters for the lighthouse keeper and his assistant have been carefully restored by the State of Georgia to 1800s appearance.

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