Known in the area as the “City by the Sea,” Long Beach, New York at one time was a resort destination during the turn-of-the-20th century popular among New Yorkers. The boardwalk offers an ideal place for in-line skating and other activities before diving into the Atlantic Ocean or relaxing on the white sand beach.

For any visitors looking to try some surfing or paddle boarding, Skudin Surf offers lessons for all ages. As for food, there are several options, such as the Laurel Diner or the Tandoor Grill.

1. Skudin Surf

Skudin Surf
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Skudin Surf aims to bring surfing to people of any ability or age in a safe, positive, and fun environment. The surf lesson company offers a variety of surf camps, group lessons, and private instruction options, as well as corporate events and parties for both children and adults in the waterfront town of Long Beach, New York. Skudin Surf also offers surf lessons at Rockaway Beach and Lido-Nickerson Beach. Surf lessons as offered daily from 7:00am until 5:00pm and paddle board activities include sunset paddle, stand-up paddle core workout, stand-up paddle yoga, and paddle meetup.

Skudin Surf , 2 Riverside Blvd, Long Beach, NY 11561, Phone: 516-318-3993

2. Laurel Diner

Laurel Diner
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The Laurel Diner, formerly known as the Laurel Luncheonette and Restaurant, has been a part of the Long Beach community for around ninety years. It has long been a place that locals dine at on daily, weekly, or sometimes even an hourly basis. This has made it perhaps the “unofficial institution of Long Beach.” The more than eighty year streak is representative of the Laurel Diner’s level of customer satisfaction, as well as the local loyalty to this dining establishment. The diner is typically open seven days a week from 6:00am until midnight, with hours varying during the holidays.

Laurel Diner , 300 W Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561, Phone: 516-432-7728

3. Tandoor Grill

Tandoor Grill
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The name of Tandoor Grill comes from the traditional Tandoor oven, a bell shaped oven traditionally made out of clay. The restaurant continues the rich tradition of using the Tandoor and preparing delicious kebabs and curries, specially marinating kebabs overnight before roasting them in the clay oven. Roti and Naans are also baked in the Tandoor oven, complimenting many of the main dishes served at the Tandoor Grill. The menu here also includes an extensive array of vegetarian curries and other options. To top off the meal, the restaurant also offers the famous desserts acclaimed throughout India from West Bengal.

Tandoor Grill , 1042 W Beech St, Long Beach, NY 11561, Phone: 516-766-4440

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4. Long Beach Public Library

Long Beach Public Library
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The Long Beach Public Library in the seaside town of Long Beach serves as a community center for the area’s recreational, educational, cultural, and civic needs. The library consists of two branches: one at Long Beach’s West End and the other in Point Lookout. In addition to offering numerous books and other media for visitors to read or borrow, the Long Beach Public Library provides a variety of programs, amenities, and services available to both the local community and out-of-town visitors, such as the Library Playland, classes, parent/child workshops, storytimes for several different age groups, and more.

Long Beach Public Library, 111 W Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561, Phone: 516-432-7201

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