Love the hustle and bustle of the city but also love the relaxation of the beach? Who knew there was such a thing as “Urban Beaches?” Check out these five U.S. urban beaches with amazing views of the city’s skylines.
Philadelphia’s Spruce Street Harbor—
Overlooking the Delaware River, Spruce Street Harbor Park is a quick getaway from the heat for Philadelphians. The beach has loungers, cozy fire pits, a sand area outfitted with hammocks and pop-up restaurants that cater to visitors. Enhancing the traditional beach feel, a wooden boardwalk with street food vendors and arcade games also lines the adjacent road.
Jersey City’s Newport Green —
The Hudson River’s only urban beach serves as a tropical oasis just 10 minutes from Midtown Manhattan. Visitors can lounge in Adirondack chairs under colorful umbrellas while they wiggle their toes in the sand – and still enjoy panoramic views of the NYC skyline! The park also has water features, a playground and a carousel that will keep children entertained for hours.
Chicago’s North Avenue Beach—
The third largest city in the U.S. is just as hot in the summer as it is cold in the winter. When the heat kicks in, those living and working downtown head to Lincoln Park’s North Avenue Beach, a sandy lakeshore that was turned into a Midwestern beach. The summer escape is just minutes from high-rises and office buildings, yet offers sand volleyball courts that host tournaments, league play and casual pick-up games.
Detroit’s Campus Martius Park—
A traffic island in downtown Detroit was transformed into an urban beach where people can relax, enjoy the sand and get outside right in the heart of the city. 150 tons of sand was added as part of a revitalization project that resulted in allowing residents to feel like they’re at the beach, without having to leave Detroit.
Long Island City’s Hunter’s Point—
This beach is in my old stomping ground in Queens. This urban beach retreat is located along the East River in the Long Island City area of Queens, New York. For those who don’t have the time to visit beaches on Long Island, this urban beach is an easy alternative. In addition to a traditional sand area, the park also features a dog run and a children’s play area.