9. Wolfe’s Pond Beach

Wolfe's Pond Beach

Wolfe’s Pond Beach is what NYC Parks considers “the city’s best-kept secret, a small, calm, and secluded beach that’s a perfect retreat for those looking to get away from summer’s crowds.” The public beach on Staten Island’s South Shore includes a roller hockey rink, nearby playgrounds and hiking trails, and fishing areas. The northern part of the park consists of ponds and woodlands, while its southern half includes its namesake Wolfe’s Pond. Robert Moses had originally planned to build the Wolfe’s Pond Parkway through the park, but it was ultimately canceled. The beach also features a monument commemorating the Battle of the Bulge, the last German offensive of World War II.

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