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Sunken Meadow State Park, Kings Park
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Sunken Meadow State Park, also known as Governor Alfred E. Smith State Park, is a 1287acre state park located in the Town of Smithtown in Suffolk County, New York in the USA on the north shore of Long Island. The park, accessible via the Sunken Meadow State Parkway, contains the 27-hole Sunken Meadow State Park Golf Course.Park descriptionSunken Meadow State Park is open year round from sunrise to sunset. The park's features include 3mi of beaches on the Long Island Sound, a 3/4mi boardwalk, 6mi of hiking trails, and facilities for biking, horseback riding, watersports, and general recreation. Playgrounds, softball fields, and a soccer fields are also available at the park. A wedding and event facility known as "The Pavilion" is available during the summer.The Sunken Meadow State Park Golf Course features 27 holes that may be played as either nine or 18 holes, in addition to a driving range and putting green. The first two nine-hole courses, Red and Green, were built in 1962, followed by the Blue Course in 1964. All three courses were designed by Alfred Tull. A bar and snack food restaurant near the course is available and open to the public.The park's grounds are used as a venue for cross country running, and host competitions for cross country teams from local high schools and runners' clubs. The five-kilometer course, featuring the deliberately named "Cardiac Hill", is regarded as one of the most difficult cross country courses in the US.
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  • This one is huge. I do not even remember what I paid at the toll booth to get in off the parkway, but it was well worth it. A golf course, ball field, play grounds, board walk with pavilion, and not t...  more »
  • Very nice park. Faces Long Isl Sound. Three 9 hole golf courses very reasonable green fees Park entrance at the northern end of Sagtikos Parkway 
  • Not only does Sunken Meadow have great views and a super Boardwalk, it also has amazing trails to hike! It is easy to find, either from the Northern State, LI Expressway, or Southern State. I like to ...  more »
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  • I love so much about this beach/state park. First the boardwalk is .75 miles and people are constantly walking it. There is an additional trail that takes you part the tidal river and over two beautiful bridges. What I don't like ... It is somewhat rocky ... People and their garbage. For some reason the people who picnic and beach here have issues taking their garbage to a pail. I mean ... Why don't they want to keep the park clean for themselves and others? Beware people speeding in the parking lot. It can be a real issue. To end on a great note, the children's park is great. All lined with padding.
  • If you need a place to go and spend a whole day, this is the place to be. It is a bit farther from Queens than Jones Beach, but so much worthed the extra drive. Being on the Sound (North side), the waters are very child friendly. There is no big waves like the other beaches on the ocean, so my daughter spent the whole day in the water. There are BBQ spots where you can have a party or just lunch away. Big play grounds for children as well. Basically all activities you may need for a day away. LOVE IT.
  • Went the last weekend before labor day weekend. Got here at 10 am expecting there to be a lot of people bu it was not very crowded at all. $10 per car fee. Water very calm so seems good for kids. Beach is a mix of fine sand and pebbles with some broken shells. There is a 1/4 mile boardwalk with a snack bar area that sells burgers and hot dogs etc. Also sells beach essentials if needed. Bathroom area has attached shower area. There is picnic area and golf course here as well. A park ranger type person was showing fish, crabs etc. in a tank for the kids.
  • Nice big north shore beach. Can get pretty crowded sometimes fishing but overall a good time at sunken meadow.
  • Perfect place for weekend family picnic or barbecue. There is beautiful area with trees to walk and grass to make a picnic. You can find shade under trees during hot summer day. Or you can go to the beach and enjoy sunn and ocean. Parking, restrooms, food. And much more. All in one place. Perfect.