Fort Tilden State Park
WHERE: Breezy Point, N.Y.
HOW TO GET THERE: Car or a long bike ride
This hidden stretch of dunes and coastline is run by the National Park service and is also known as Beach H. It’s a pain in the ass to get to, which keeps the crowds at bay. If you do make it out there, explore the bunkers of the old fort or bring a picnic and kick back by the dunes. You’ll forget you’re technically in Queens.