3. Great Kills Beach

Great Kills hidden beach in NYC

On the whole, Great Kills Park is a beautiful natural area of Staten Island with much to offer. It’s on the coast opposite Freshkills Park, which is a wonder of man-made parks that was once a landfill with 150-million pounds of trash.

While all of Great Kills Park is perfect for a day trip, if you’re looking for a more secluded area for a beach day, head southwest from the main entrance of Great Kills Beach and walk along the coast. From there several sandy paths lead out onto a quiet, peaceful beach. With a permit it’s also possible to go by car down the rocky road at the end of the peninsula.