The Cornell Co-Operative Extension Marine Center focuses on the beaches and waterways of Long Island, with a mission to protect the local water quality, plant life, marine, and wildlife. The staff of researchers and educators work on various projects to increase local species populations, provide resources to the public, and introduce children to marine conservation through free events.
Visitors primarily show up at this beach because of the marine center’s abundance of resources, programming, and events, but the fact does not reduce the value of the beach itself in any way. The beach is somewhat secluded from other houses and businesses. The sand has a gravelly, pebble-y quality and is filled with shrubbery further up the shore. Along with the beach, there is also a nearby estuary, which is home to migrating birds throughout the late summer, as well as a heavy dragonfly and damselfly population.
The Center is located within Cedar Beach County Park, and the park’s main entrance may be your best bet for accessing the beach and ocean along both areas if you are arriving when the Center is not hosting a public event. However, the Center does have ample parking and public buildings are closed on weekends, which may make for an opportune time to visit if you’re visiting the beach alone.
This quiet public beach is dog-friendly and leashes are not required, so long as your dog is well-behaved and not a nuisance to other visitors, pets and wildlife. Even if you expect your dog to act well-behaved during your visit, bring a standard leash of less than six feet regardless, just in case. Also pack the necessary portable water bowl, extra water, items to clean up after your pet, a pet first aid kit and proof of inoculation, as you would for any canine excursion.