South Jamesport Beach Playground
Down a long, scenic road from Route 25/Main Road, the small town beach's openness is striking when you reach the entrance. The playground is at the front of the parking lot on the left side.
The playground looks clean and brand new. It is raised high with uncommon features. A long winding stairway leads to a bridge. There are lots of slides, monkey bars, and wall climbs. The equipment is nice, though hot in the sun.
At the entrance of the beach, not surprisingly the playground has sand. There is no gate to close off from the beach or the parking lot. There are two gazebos with tables in the shade for lunch. We also saw restrooms that were locked (likely only open during summer season).
BEST FEATURE: The view as you push your child in the swing. There's a nice breeze from the bay.
GOOD FOR: Giving the kids a break from a day out east of Long Island, either at the wineries or picking pumpkins and produce.
YOU SHOULD KNOW: You don't need to be a town resident to enter the beach. However there is a toll booth at the entrance which collects $25 per vehicle during high season. We went two weekends after Labor Day and didn't have to pay.
WORTH A LONG DRIVE: Sure, the beach is great and the playground looks brand new.