Hitting up the beach is a great way to spend a summer day with kids. Everyone can have fun splashing in the water, building in the sand, and playing in the sun! We’ve put together a list of the best beaches in Niagara for families! Enjoy the sun and sand!
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The Best Beaches in Niagara:
Long Beach Conservation Area – Wainfleet
Spend the day, the weekend or the whole summer at Long Beach Conservation Area on Lake Erie. Long beach is a sandy beach, perfect for families looking to swim, relax, fish, boat, or jet ski. There are plenty of shady areas and it’s not usually very busy.
Map to Long Beach
Lakeside Park Beach – Port Dalhousie
Lakeside Park Beach is a picturesque place on the south shore of Lake Ontario. Beautiful views of the Port Dalhousie Harbour and lighthouse can be found while walking through the park or along the sandy shoreline. Kids (and adults!) can ride the carousel for 5 cents a turn. There is an amazing new playground as well. There are also public washrooms.Throughout the summer, Lakeside Beach is alive with people soaking in the sun, swimming, and playing frisbee, soccer and volleyball.
NOTE: As of Spring of 2019, Lakeside Park Beach is inaccessible due to high waters this year. The playground is open though!
Map to Lakeside Park Beach
Sunset Beach – St. Catharines
This is St. Catharines’ largest beach, offering 1,200 feet of sandy beach area. The parking lot is close to the beach and there are public washrooms. There are picnic tables under trees a little way from the beach. The beach is located just off of the Waterfront Trail where you can also walk, run, and bike. The Welland Canal is also nearby.
Map to Sunset Beach
Crystal Beach – Fort Erie
Crystal Beach is a beautiful expansive beach but is always a pretty busy place. It is a great family beach. Residents and visitors flock to Crystal Beach in the summer to enjoy its unique shops, many restaurants, and busy nightlife. 2019 Updates: Entrance fee for adults is $5/visit., children ages 10 and under get free admission if accompanied by an adult, a $10 season pass is available for purchase at Town Hall to residents or property taxpayers ONLY with proof of residency, there are parking fees that are payable at pay and display machines via CAD cash or by credit card, alcohol, pets, glass containers, fires and BBQ’s are NOT permitted at/on the beach, upon entering the beach from either entrance, security may search bags upon
entry, no pavilions, sport-brellas, or any material mounted on supports, only umbrellas with a centre pole no greater than 7’6” in height and a maximum shade diameter of 9” will be permitted.
Grimsby Beach – Grimsby
Grimsby Beach is a perfect place for boating, fishing, walking, beach volleyball and admiring the sunset. Enjoy the delightfully colourful cottage homes in this area.
Map to Grimsby Beach
Charles Daley Beach – Jordan
Charles Daley Park offers two beaches in a 22-acre waterfront setting. This park is very well maintained. There is a playground and public washrooms. There is also outdoor concerts in the park during the summer months.
Map to Charles Daley Beach
Nickel Beach – Port Colborne
This public beach area contains more than 2km of white sands, shady picnic spots, washrooms, swimming, and open areas for recreational activities such as beach volleyball or beach soccer. This beach is great for families, because you can just drive up and park on the beach.
A daily or seasonal access pass is required for all vehicles and occupants entering the beach property. Day passes are $10. Or you can park further away and walk in for free.
Map to Nickel Beach
Waverly Beach – Fort Erie
Waverly Beach offers shady trees as well as cool lake waters on a hot summer’s day. This is a nice sandy beach with shady walking paths and wooded areas. There are public washrooms here as well.
Map to Waverly Beach