Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)

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Rte. 25A and Sunken Meadow Parkway
Kings Park, NY 11754
Latitude 40.905792
Longitude -73.260330

Spring Nature Programs

Offering one of the most stunning views of the Long Island Sound with Connecticut in the distance, Sunken Meadow State Park has a wide range of topography that sustains a variety of flora and fauna. The three miles of beach meets tall, glacier-formed bluffs at the west end of the shoreline. A man-made dam separates the park's brackish creek and marshes from the tidal flats. South of the flats are acres of undeveloped and heavily wooded rolling hills.

Among the most popular picnic parks on Long Island, Sunken Meadow hosts millions of people each year partaking of family and group outings. Pick-up sports are enjoyed on the ball fields and several informal open lawn areas. Swimming here is truly family-oriented in the generally calm waters of the Sound. Many people enjoy the health benefits of measured walks along the ¾ mile boardwalk. Cross country running events are held over the hilly running course. The park is the northern terminus of the Long Island Greenbelt trail for hiking.

From Field 3 at the eastern portion of park, launching is available for windsurfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and canoeing.

27 holes of golf at Governor Alfred E. Smith Sunken Meadow State Park

Golf course architect Alfred H. Tull (1897-1982) designed what are today the Red and Green Courses in 1964. Tull, who designed the Yellow Course and redesigned the Blue Course at Bethpage State Park in the 1950s, was noted for laying out golf courses without consulting topographical maps. Only after his routing of the course was complete did he overlay his plan on topographical maps. The result seems to be golf courses which make maximum use of the existing terrain. In the case of Sunken Meadow State Park that terrain is somewhat hilly and variable, surrounded by mature woodlands; resulting in an attractive and relaxing outdoor experience for golfers. The view of the Long Island Sound from the golf driving range is stunning in its beauty.

The use of motorized golf carts was introduced in 1997. Today, in the hierarchy of state park golf courses in the region, the Sunken Meadow courses are intended to serve golfers of a moderate skill level. While maintenance and operation of the golf facilities is kept at an excellent level, they are not maintained at championship level. The courses provide an enjoyable outing with moderate challenges, but not punishing for those who make errant shots.

Find more about park permit information. Find out more on picnic pavilion reservations and view photos of Sunken Meadow's pavilion.

For information on educational opportunities and programs in Long Island State Parks, please visit Long Island Environmental Interpretive Center.


Current Water Quality - Beach Results


Pets are not allowed in developed areas of the park such as bathing or picnic areas, in buildings or on walkways and cannot enter through the main entrance. Pets are welcome through the alternate entrance on Old Dock Road off of 25A East. There you will find a designated dog walk trail. Please contact Park Office with any questions.

Hours of Operation

  • Golf:
    The golf courses are open year round, weather permitting. Closed Christmas and New Years day.

    *First tee off is 5:36 AM.

    Clubhouse opens one hour before first tee time.
    Driving Range: All year, weather permitting.
    Pull Cart Rental: All year, rentals through the Pro Shop.
  • 2016 Swimming Season:

    5/28 - 6/24, 10 am - 6 pm,  daily;
    6/25 - 9/5: 10 am - 7 pm, daily;
    9/6 - 9/11: 10am-6pm
    9/17 - 9/18: 10am-6pm
  • Bicycling:
    Between 5/9 and 9/16, bicycling on the boardwalk is only permitted on the boardwalk weekdays between 6 AM and 9 AM.
    Bicycling year-round, elsewhere in the park is permitted (in designated areas only)
  • Cross Country Programs: Permit required for schools and organized groups. Insurance required for schools and groups. Please contact the Regional Permit Office at 631-669-1000.
  • Cross Country Skiing: Available during winter season.
    As conditions permit, not permitted on the golf courses. No rentals available.
    *No sledding permitted in park.
  • Fishing:
    Available year-round.
    Permit needed for night fishing.
  • Hiking: Available all year, sunrise to sunset.
    Nature trails, 3/4 mile boardwalk and Greenbelt Trail.
  • Horseback Riding: Available all year on bridle trail only in Field 5. Not permitted in Picnic area or XC trails.
  • Metal Detecting: Permit required, contact Regional Permit Office.
  • Model Airplanes: Permit required (1/2 yr.) off season in field 2 only. Contact Regional Permit Office.
  • Open year round, sunrise to sunset.
  • Orienteering: Permit required. Contact Regional Permit Office.
  • Picnicking: Available all year, field 4 has picnic area tables and grills.
  • Playgrounds, playfields, softball fields, soccer fields, basketball courts: Open all year.
    Organized groups need a permit.
    Field 1 Softball Flds by permit only, Mon. to Fri. Leagues.
  • Recreation Programs: Include races, golf tournaments, model airplane shows and cross country running programs: major meets and children's programs.
  • Stargazing: Permit required, purchase at the park office.
  • Windsurfing, Kayak & Canoe Launching: Available year-round.
    Fld. 3 only when the park is open. Must get parking pass for fld 3 at park office when field is closed.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

Your key to all season enjoyment of state parks is our season's pass. For $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of our parks. Apply on-line or call your favorite park for more information.

  • Annual Sport Fishing Permit
  • NYS Residents $30
    Out of State Residents $55
    7 Day Sport Fishing Permit $25
    Permits sold at Babylon Headquarters and at the Park office.
  • Golf
  • For all golf-related fees, please visit Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park Golf Course's site.
  • Metal Detecting
  • $40 Annual Fee
  • Model Airplane Permit
  • $15 permit fee
  • Orienteering
  • $50 fee
  • Star Gazing Permit
  • NYS Vehicle Registration $30
    Out of State Vehicle Registration $55
  • VUF/Parking Fee (per car)
  • 4/2 - 5/27: 8am-4pm, weekends and holidays - $8/car

    5/28 – 9/11: 7am – 6pm weekends and holidays; 8am-4pm weekdays - $10/car.

    9/12 - 11/13: 8am-4pm, weekends & holidays - $8/car

    Non-Profit Buses: $35 (By permit only)
    Commercial Buses: $75
    Unscheduled buses: $75

    *VUF not charged for golf patrons. Driver buys $10 at tolls.

Sat 04 Jun
Nature Quest- The Sequel
Saturday, June 4, 2016 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 581-1072

Our first nature quest was so popular we've created another adventure, with a new theme! Join in on the family fun as you follow a map at your own pace to discover the items on our nature hunt list. Are you up for the challenge?

$4.00 per adult (18+) $3.00 for children (ages 3 - 17) Children under 3 are free.

Registration: Required
Mon 20 Jun
Summer Run Series
Monday, June 20, 2016 07:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

Entry Fee for Tier 1 opens April 1st to the first 2,500 entrants and includes all 8 races - $70.00 individual registration. Tier 2 opens to the first 1,500 entrants when Tier 1 reaches capacity and includes 4 races only – individual registration is $55.00.

In person registration: Long Island State Park Headquarters 625 Belmont Ave, West Babylon, NY 11704

Online registration: or

Printable Application and Information

No Day of Race Registration

Locations, Dates and Distances – All races begin at 7:00PM

Heckscher – June 13th – 5 miles
Sunken Meadow – June 20th – 10K
Belmont Lake – June 27th – 5K
Bethpage – July 11th – 5K
Hempstead Lake – July 18th - 4K
Caumsett – July 25th – 5K
Robert Moses – August 1st – 5K
Jones Beach – August 8th – 5 miles

Registration: Required
Sun 17 Jul
Chip Bryant-Silent Vaudevillian Clown
Sunday, July 17, 2016 02:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

"Listening With Your Eyes" is a show that includes an artful blend of mime, clowning, juggling, magic, puppetry and music.

Sat 23 Jul
Gary the Great
Saturday, July 23, 2016 02:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

Gary the Great uses magic to create an energized, unique performance adapting the show as he goes to ensure everyone has a great time.

Sat 13 Aug
Magic of Amore
Saturday, August 13, 2016 02:00 PM
Sunken Meadow State Park (Governor Alfred E. Smith)
(631) 269-4333

A fun, interactive magic show where audience members are encouraged to be a part of the act.

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Bridle Path
  • Food (Accessible)
  • Grills
  • Nature Trails
  • Picnic Tables (Accessible)
  • Playgrounds (Accessible)
  • Playing Fields
  • Showers (Accessible)
  • Swimming Beach (Accessible)
  • Activities
  • Biking
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Recreation Programs (Accessible)
  • Stand-up Paddle Boarding
  • Wind Surfing
  • X-Country Skiing