5 Best US Urban Beaches to Park a Beach Chair

5 Best Urban Beaches to Park a Beach Chair

Just because you live in an urban area doesn’t mean you can’t be a beach bum!

We’re sharing the 5 best US urban beaches to park a beach chair and bum it up!

1. Bradford Beach – Milwaukee

Take a load off at Bradford Beach!

There is plenty of space to set up your beach chair and umbrella to relax. Bradford Beach also offers bathhouses, yoga, CrossFit courses, and sand volleyball courts if you are looking to be active or play spectator.

This beach is beautiful in all seasons. If you like crowds, come in the Spring and Summer. At Bradford, leisure in Fall and Winter is for those who prefer a sequestered vibe.

2. North Avenue Beach – Chicago

Stay urbane at North Avenue Beach.

North Avenue Beach boasts numerous outdoor activities and proximity to downtown Chicago.

Find yourself at the volleyball courts, cycle on the bike bath, post up your beach chair and people watch, tan, swim (take note: the water tends to be chilly), throw a frisbee or football with friends, or maybe even fly your drone and film all the beach action!

Lincoln Park Zoo and the popular Castaways restaurant is near North Avenue Beach. After a few hours at the beach, hop to the next site.

3. Venice Beach – Los Angeles

Hang out at the “creative and artistic” Venice Beach!

Venice was a center for the Beat Generation in the 1950s and 60s. What’s more: many NBA players refined their skill and were recruited at the Venice Beach basketball courts.

Lay down, tan, and relax or take part in the many activities and services offered. Stroll the boardwalk, play handball, tennis, volleyball, and basketball.

Visit the bike trail, Skate Dancing plaza, and various businesses on the Ocean Front Walk.

4. Santa Monica Beach – Santa Monica

Adventure or relax at Santa Monica Beach.

This place stays busy, especially the pier, Pacific Park. Stroll the pier for amusement rides and food! Take a turn on the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel.

Santa Monica Beach offers Volleyball courts (first come first serve, or by reservation and fee), bike paths, surf instruction, and other classes.

If you’re looking to just bake in the sun, there is sandy seaside for you and your beach chair! Santa Monica beach stretches for 3 miles.

5. Rockaway Beach – New York

Get good eats at Rockaway Beach.

Plenty of new eateries were built after Hurricane Sandy including Tacoway Beach, Chicks to Go, The Summer Shift, and Citysticks. Get yourself some Mexican, Peruvian, Latin American or other food from the concession stands.

Set up your umbrella and beach chair, and chow down.

After you get your fill of relaxation (and digestion!) play at Rockaway.

You can bike or skate on the path provided. Ride the waves! There are multiple areas set aside as surf beaches. You can also Kayak or stand-up paddle in the water.

Adventure in Your Beach Chair

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Check out Picnic Time for more fun and helpful information about relaxing at the beach.