175 West Shore Road, Port Washington, NY 11050

Phone Number

(516) 869 - 6311

Date Visited



Link to Website

North Hempstead Beach Park (Bar Beach)


North Hempstead Beach Park is located at 175 West Shore Road in Port Washington. Parking fees apply year round (see website for details). The large, paved parking lot has handicapped spaces close to the restrooms and pavilion area.

The two restroom facilities are both multi-stall, with baby-changing stations.  Only the West Entrance restroom has  handicapped-accessible facilities.

There are two ramps (or three steps) to get from the pavilion area to the mile long concrete "boardwalk."  There are benches along the boardwalk.

One step, or a ramp, allow access to the beach.

There is a concession stand (check for hours of operation).

Check the website,,  for the many recreational activities available.


    Surface of lot:  paved
    Distance to venue:  close
    Terrain:  at
    Places to rest:  benches, picnic tables
    Paths and walkways:  concrete
    Elevators:  na
    Ramps:  2 ramps to concrete ""boardwalk""
    Steps and staircases:  3 steps to concrete ""boardwalk""
    Width of aisles:  boardwalk is very wide
    Places to sit:  benches along the way
    Location of restrooms:  near shelter pavillions - 2 buildings
    Type of restroom:  both are multi-stall, baby-changing, Ony restroom in West Bathh has handicapped-accessible stall
    Ease of entry and exit:  doors were wide open
    Baby changing station:  yes
    Available food services:  concession stand

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I had been to Bar Beach (North Hempsstead Beach Park) many years ago, when my children were young.  As I returned this beautiful August day, I found it to be much more inviting that I had remembered.  Take note: the sign says that parking fees apply year round (see website for details).

A large, paved parking lot, with handicapped spaces close to the “shelter pavilions” allowed easy access to the concrete pavilion area as well as the restrooms.  Both restroom facilities are multi-stall with baby-changing stations, but only the West Entrance restroom has handicapped- accessible facilities.

To get from the pavilion area to the mile long concrete “boardwalk” (as I like to call it) there are several locations with ramps and one location with three steps.  Benches along the boardwalk allow one to stop and rest or just sit and take in the beauty of the Harbor and Long Island Sound.  There are 34 acres of sandy beach (one step or a ramp to access it), and recreational activities, including a fishing pier, boat ramp, bathhouse and concession area (website).

As we walked along enjoying the day we noticed a playground.  There are also basketball and shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pits, and picnic areas with barbecues to be enjoyed in this 60 acre park. (website)

If you haven’t been here you should plan a visit to this peaceful destination.  It’s probably a spectacular place to watch sunset.  I am planning to return with my “better half” for a picnic dinner with sunset for dessert.

As always, we at Destination:Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website,, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”



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