Make a Wish
Long Beach Polar Bear Club
@ Riverside Blvd.
Long Beach, NY 11561

Join Us!


In Memory of Paulie Bradley
All Proceeds Go To Make-A-Wish® Metro New York.

Register to jump and help make wishes come true!

To participate, complete and submit the 2020 Waiver click here.

You must fill out a waiver to get access to the beach!


What is this all about? 
All of the proceeds from the Polar Bear Swim benefit Make-A-Wish Metro New York and Western New York, who grant wishes to children with critical illnesses in our community. For complete details about the history of the Long Beach Polar Bears and Make-A-Wish, please visit our About page.

How do I get there?
This is one of the busiest traffic days of the year in Long Beach and parking is very difficult. If you live in Long Beach, it is recommended that you walk or take your bicycle.    If you are coming from out of town, it is recommended that you car pool or take public transportation.  There are trains arriving in Long Beach at 10:42 a.m., 11:42 a.m., and 12:42 p.m. and trains leaving Long Beach at 2:24 p.m., 3:24 p.m., and 24 minutes after every hour throughout the day. The beach is about a half mile walk from the Long Island Rail Road Station. 
Are there Shuttle Buses?
The City of Long Beach will provide free shuttle buses to and from the event beginning at 10:30AM and running until 2:30PM. Leave your cars at home and hop on a shuttle bus!  Look for the Polar Bear sign displayed in the shuttle bus window.  Routes are listed below:
FROM EAST END:  Begins at LIRR to Park Avenue East to Maple Boulevard to Broadway to Riverside Boulevard, back to LIRR
FROM WEST END: Begins on Ohio Avenue & Beech Street along Beech to Grand Blvd. to Broadway. Continues along Broadway to Riverside Boulevard, back to Ohio Avenue
Will I get a ticket if I am illegally parked?
Yes, please do not  block a driveway, fire hydrant, crosswalk or park on private property or in a business parking lot for the purpose of going to the beach.  Cars may be tickets and or towed.  Please plan accordingly and give yourself enough time to find a legal parking spot. Parking is available at the LIRR station and the beach is a short walk from there. Consider using the shuttle buses.
Are there restaurants and stores open in Long Beach?
There are plenty of restaurants and businesses open in Long Beach.  Please consider staying for lunch or dinner at one of them.
How do I make a donation?
Click here or make a donation in person at the Splash. All cash donations should be made at the Official Polar Bear Booth at Riverside Boulevard!
Where can I enter the Beach?
The following entrances to the beach are closest to the Bandwagon where the Polar Bears will be speaking. 
*If you arrive late, #1 & #2 below will probably only allow exiting from the beach, so please use a different entrance.
1. Edwards Boulevard ramp. This ramp is located on the boardwalk between Riverside Boulevard and Edwards Boulevard. 
2. Riverside Boulevard Ramp. This ramp is located between Long Beach Boulevard and Riverside Boulevard.
3. Long Beach Boulevard under the boardwalk.  Enter the beach from the street at Long Beach Boulevard.
4. National Boulevard Ramp. This ramp is located on the boardwalk between Edwards Boulevard and National Boulevard.
5. National Boulevard under the boardwalk.  Enter the beach under the boardwalk at National Boulevard.
Are there Restroom Facilities?
There are restrooms located on Riverside Boulevard, Edwards Boulevard and National Boulevard on the boardwalk. There are also porta potties located by the street entrances at Long Beach Boulevard, Riverside Boulevard and Edwards Boulevard.
Can we bring alcohol, start a fire, or bring a pet?
For the safety of all, alcohol, fires, and pets of any kind are not permitted on the Beach or Boardwalk at any time.  Thank you for anticipated cooperation.
Can I use a drone to take pictures?
For the safety of all, personal drones are not allowed at this event without special permission from the City of Long Beach.
Where Can I Get Polar Bear Gear?
Get your gear BEFORE you get in the water!! We will have LONG BEACH POLAR BEAR GEAR available at E. Van Creations, 54 South Long Beach Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570.  Pullover Hoodies - Full Zips** - 1/4 Zips**,  Long Sleeve T-Shirts - Sweatpants**, Yoga Pants** Winter Hats - Towels – Car Magnets**

**Get your gear early these items may SELL OUT  and NOT be available the day of the swim**