Playland is the historic amusement park of Rye. They have an assortment of rides for kids and adults as well as paddle boat rides, minature golf and concerts in the summer. It's always packed in the summer so be prepared for the crowds.My wife came here as a little girl as did her parents...this place will probably be around forever. The park is definitely showing its age and could use a renovation.
We last visited in August 2013 with my brother in law, his girlfriend and their baby. We had a fun time on the rides and giving little Robert his first taste of Cotton Candy.
Rye Beach is the closest beach to Playland and down from Oakland Beach. There is also a pool but we do not use it (Liz is not a fan of public pools and this one can get gross and for $6, I will use my own pool at home). In the summer there is a small fee to get on the beach($4) but walking the boardwalk is free. Lockers and beach umbrellas are available for rent if you have need of them. Our walks normally take us down to Rye beach and to the pier. It's a nice walk and we enjoy our evening strolls.
Although Oakland Beach shares the same stretch of sand and water, it is divided by a "fence" and a separate beach from Rye Beach.
The beach is a bit larger than Rye, and the price to enter the beach is also more expensive. The fee to this beach is $8. The beach also has chair and umbrealla rentals and like it's entrance fee, the fees for the rentals are much more than at Rye.
Ferni and I enjoy this beach, but find that it gets too crowded and finding a spot on the sand can be a challenge. We usually will come here on a very early Sunday morning, enjoy a few hours of beach time, then hit Seaside Johnnies for something to eat and drink.
Located directly across from the beach is Rye Park, a nice stretch of grass where you can lay out on a blanket or a chair.
Just like Rye Beach, the pool is part of the Playland area. The entrance fee to the pool alone is $6 (and you can enter the beach for free after). Basically, they have a combo ticket you can purchase, if you go to the beach first, the pool is only $2 more, or if you go to the pool first, the beach is free.
The pool does not allow any food or beverages (in coolers). The coolers must be checked and what most people do is take a water or drink bottle in with them, as this in not prohibited.
The pool shares the lookers and showers with the beach as well as the rental of beaches and umbrellas. Every hour, the lifeguards conduct a safety check and everyone must leave the pool. This is a good way of making sure you little ones are with you. Children under the age of 12 MUST be in the pool with an adult and the rules regarding "pigging-backing" and playing chicken are strickly prohibited and enforced by the lifeguards.
Ferni and I enjoy coming to the pool when it is super hot. We don't mind the crowds as we just lay out to catch some sun and go for a quick dip when it gets too hot. We come here as soon as the pool is opened and enjoy a few hours of quiter times before the crowds start arriving. We personally prefer the pool to the beach when it is super hot day as I don't particularly care to get into this part of the Atlantic Ocean. I find the water to be too dirty, so the pool is a great place to go as I can jump in and refresh myself.
The pool shares the parking lot with the beach and gets crowded, so get here as soon as it opens. The operating hours are 11:am-6:30pm.
Summer Season 2009:
Thursday, June 25 through Labor Day
Open Tuesday through Sunday
CLOSED MONDAYS EXCEPT HOLIDAYS
NOTE: For more information, visit the official Playland site where you can get detailed information.
Rye Beach is a very small public beach located within the "Playland" area. There is an entrance fee to this beach at a price of $4 (or, get the combo beach/pool for $6) You must purchase your ticket at the booth directly located in front of the beach entrance and it is here where you can also rent chairs and umbrellas for a small fee. There is also a shower, locker and bathroom located here where you can leave some of your stuff if you want and where you can rinse off that sand before leaving. There is a very small boardwalk that leads you to either Playland park, or Oakland Beach and Rye Park.
This beach also has a senior "lifeguard". She is a fiesty older women that is constantly patrolling the beach making sure that people adhere to the swiming rules as well as providing a drill where she requests everyone to leave the water.
Ferni and I only come here occassionally depending on our mood. We usually only lay out for a few hours grabbing a quiter spot away from the "swimming" section where most people usually lay out on. The beach isn't much, but beats having to drive too far.
Parking is provided for a fee of $5 for the entire day.
Rye has a Farmer's Market on Sunday in the back parking lots behind Purcgase Street. The market does have a nice selection of produce, cheeses, breads and baked goods but the prices are not great. We get better deals at Markets in Connecticut or by my Mother's House.
Purchase Street in Rye is filled with shopping and restaurants. We love to walk down the street , check out the shops and grab a snack or a meal. It's a cute town though it can be a bit snobbish at times.
Rye Town Park is a nice park with a small lake in the cnter. There is always peple walking, playing ball, feeding the ducks or just relaxing. We enjoy the park because it is never too crowded and provides a nice setting for a picnic in nice weather.
Oakland Beach is one of our favorite places in Rye. We love to take walks along the water or just sit on a bench and enjoy the sunset.