Route 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park 11764
DescriptionSunken Meadow State Park has several large, paved parking lots with many designated accessible spaces. At the main entrance, you will find a brick walkway from the Parking Lot to the ramp leading to the breezeway, which opens onto the smooth, wooden boardwalk beyond. The walk from Parking Lot 3 to the boardwalk and beach is shorter than the walk from Lot 1. Accessible restrooms are located in the breezeway at the main entrance and at the snack pavilion near Parking Lot 3.
There are two snack bars on the boardwalk. One is at the main entrance . The other is at the end at parking field 3.
Stone benches (backless), as well as wooden benches with backs, are located along the 3/4 mile boardwalk.
Wooden ramps, as well as steps, allow access to the beach. "In season," there are mobi-mats at the main entrance, at the beach at Parking Lot 3. The mobi-mat at Beach 3 does not get as close to the water as the one at the main entrance. Wooden ramps from some of the picnic areas allow direct access to the boardwalk. An inclusive playground is located to the right of the main entrance. The park has paths, picnic areas, trails, the Nissequogue River, golf courses and playgrounds.
- Attraction Type: park, kid-friendly
Number of accessible spaces: an entire row is dedicated to accessible spaces at Field 1. There are 36 accessible spaces at Field 3
Location of accessible spaces: see above
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: shorter from Field 3 than from Field 1, but Field 3 is not the main entrance
Transportation to venue offered: na
Places to rest: benches
Paths and walkways: concrete, brick, wood
Location of accessible entrance: all entries are accessible
Number of floors: na
Ramps: leading down to beach at some locations
Steps and staircases: leading down to beach
Width of aisles: boardwalk is wide
Places to sit: a combination of stone benches (no backs) and wooden benches (with backs) all along the boardwalk
Location of restrooms: at main entrance and in concession builidng at East End
Type of restroom: both are multi-stall, with accessible stall and wheelchair-accessible sinks
Ease of entry and exit: easy
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: two snack concession buildings - one at main entrance, one at east end of boardwalk
Friendliness of staff: friendly
Notes: Parking fields 1 and 2 are at main entrance.Parking field 3 (at east end) has very close access to the boardwalk. Main area and Beach 3 have mobi-mats to get closer to the water. . Beach wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Ask at Park Office.
Sunken Meadow Boardwalk is one of our favorite places for a walk with a beautiful view. We first visited here when I was in a wheelchair and found it easy to navigate as well as being beautiful. Whether you are walking, or just coming to sit on the boardwalk and take in the beauty of Long Island Sound, this is a wonderful place!
Parking is easy in the large, paved lot, We usually park in Parking Lot #1 (one of the two lots at the main entrance ). The entire first row, closest to the main entrance, is reserved for cars with accessible permits. There is a brick walkway from the lot to the ramp at the “entrance.” A concrete ramp gets you to the breezeway and another ramp to the wooden boardwalk beyond. Accessible restrooms, with two, large, accessible stalls are located just beyond the breezeway. There is more accessible parking ( 36 spaces) near the East End entrance – Field #3. If you park here you are closer to the boardwalk and beach.
Each time I walk through that breezeway and up the ramp, I am mesmerized by the beach and magnificent view of Long Island Sound that comes into view. The wide boardwalk has smooth wooden planks. There are many benches along the entire length ( 3/4 mile) of the boardwalk — the stone ones are backless, the wooden ones have backs. One of the two snack bars on the boardwalk is located here. The other one is at the east end. The building with the the concession at the east end has well-equipped restrooms as well.
Ramps in several locations lead down to the beach. “In season,” the park has two mobi-mats (mobility mats). One is located at the main entrance. the other is located at the east end beach access. These mats help strollers, wheelchairs and everyone, get closer to the water without having to traipse through the sand. They go as far as the high-tide line. The park has three beach wheelchairs available on a “first-come, first-served” basis.
Two are located at the main entrance. One is located at the east end, first-aid station. Check with the park office at the main entrance about availability.
There are wooden ramps from some of the picnic areas that lead directly to the boardwalk and beach.
There are many paths, picnic areas, trails, the Nissequogue River, golf courses and an inclusive playground. ( see Sunken Meadow Inclusive Playground for details.) Field 4 (not near the beach) has a playground, and restrooms. We almost forgot that there is a Nature Center at the main entrance. It is open Wednesday – Sunday, 8:30 – 5:00. It’s a nice place to take the younger kids for some interactive activities during your visit.
We always find Sunken Meadow Park Beach and Boardwalk lovely – we think of it as a serene, mini Jones Beach. We love coming here! We think you will too.
We at Destination Accessible, advise you to visit a venue’s website, https://parks.ny.gov/parks/sunkenmeadow/details.aspx, when planning a visit, to “know before you go,”