New York Nude Beaches and Resorts: Naked fun in the Empire State

New York Nude Beaches and Resorts

Over the last few years, my wife and I have visited nudist spots across the country. New York is the center of so much but how about some fun nudist options? What is available for New York nude beaches and New York nudist resorts?

New York does have some great options to spend time in the nude. New York nude beach options are fairly limited, but there is a nearby option that is one of the best in the country. There are a few New York nudist resorts and some travel options that are pretty easy and affordable.

So let’s take a look at all that New York has to offer. We will look at New York nude beach options, New York nudist resorts, and New York nudist groups. There are some fun nudist options available in the Empire State.

New York Nude Beaches and Resorts Table

The following table contains the options for New York nude beaches and New York nudist resorts:

Lighthouse Beach Fire Island, NYBeachPublic beach – topless only is legal
Gunnison Beach**Middletown, NJBeachFully nude public beach
Empire HavenMoravia, NYResort/CampgroundNaturist
Full Tan Sun ClubSprakers, NYResort/CampgroundNaturist
** Gunnison Beach is not in NY but is very popular and used by many New Yorkers

From the table above, you can see that there are a few options to go nude in New York. Considering that this is a cold-weather state, the options are not that bad.

While there are no New York nude beaches where you can go totally nude, topless sunbathing is legal in the state. This is pretty acceptable on at least one New York beach. Additionally, New York is right next door to one of the busiest nude beaches in the country.

You will also find a couple of New York nude resorts listed in the table. These are not the big resorts that you might find down south but they are nice additions to the list.

If you are researching the nudity lifestyle, then I suggest checking out these spots for yourself. My wife and I have found that this lifestyle is very fun and we have met so many awesome people.

New York Nude Beaches

New York nude beach

Unfortunately, there are no public New York nude beaches that officially allow complete nudity. New York’s public lewdness law makes public nudity illegal.

While there are some public places in New York where public nudity is said to be accepted, you go nude at your own risk. Be very careful in these situations as you do not want to be put in a situation where you could face arrest. Especially, when there are other options.

Additionally, topless sunbathing is legal in New York is legal (source). So basically women can go topless at any beach but this is still not socially acceptable at most of them.

I have included below sections on two beaches. One is Lighthouse Beach where it used to be acceptable to go totally nude but now has a different policy. It is still reported to be a popular spot for some to go nude.

The second beach section is on the nearby Gunnison Beach which may be your best shot at a nude beach. This beach is one of the most popular nude beaches in the country right next door to New York.

A great alternative to New York nude beaches would be the nudist resorts and campgrounds. So while these are not technically New York nude beaches, they are places where you can legally soak up the sun poolside while being naked. See the New York Nude Resorts for Naturists section below for more details.

If you are set on visiting some great nude beaches year-round, I would recommend checking out Florida Nude Beaches for some of the best nude beaches in the country.

Lighthouse Beach Fire Island

new york nude beach lighthouse beach

Fire Island, NY

This public beach is part of the Fire Island National Seashore on Long Island. Prior to 2013, it was a clothing-optional beach in some sections. Since 2013, nudity is no longer accepted and is not recommended as it is technically a violation of the law.

Some people report that they still utilize this beach as a nude beach, but you do so at your own risk. However, it is legal in New York for women to go topless and this beach is an area where this is more acceptable.

Gunnison Beach

Middletown, New Jersey

Ok, I know that this beach is in New Jersey and not New York. But it is really close to New York and used by tons of people from New York. For that reason, I am including it in the listings for both New York nude beaches and New Jersey nude beaches.

Gunnison beach is the largest nude beach on the east coast of the United States. It has a great view of New York City and is very popular in the summer months.

This is one of those rare beaches where it is not only socially acceptable but also legal to take it all off and enjoy the sun in the buff. You can find close to a thousand nude sunbathers here on a hot summer day.

You will find all different ages and body types here so do not be bashful about baring it all.

Visiting Gunnison Beach is free. Use parking lot G in the Fort Hancock area of the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area.

This is the best nude beach you will encounter north of Florida.

Additional Possible New York Nude Beaches

The following are a number of spots in New York where it is reportedly acceptable to go nude. Once again, this is not technically legal and you do so at your own risk.

Alice Falls

This is a reported New York nude swimming spot near a beautiful waterfall in Keeseville, NY.

Skinny Dip Falls

Skinny Dip Falls is a remote gorge with waterfalls and multiple swimming holes. There are rocks with painted signs indicating nude sunbathing areas. The entrance to this trail can be found off Taylor Rd in Westfield, NY.

Coxing Kill stream

This area at Mohonk Preserve in Gardiner has been a traditionally nudist area with even official posted signs about nudity. Unfortunately, they started enforcing New York nudity laws in 2020 though some still go nude in the area.

Stony Kill Falls

Stony Kill Falls is located in Minnewaska State Park Preserve. This New York nude swimming spot has a swimming hole where it is said that nudity is generally accepted. There is even an AllTrails guide to reaching the nude area.

Potter’s Falls

Nudity is reported to be accepted at a deep pool located below the waterfall in Six Mile Gorge. There is an AllTrail map for the path that leads to this spot in Ithaca, NY.

New York Nude Resorts for Naturists

New York nude resorts

These New York nude resorts and campgrounds are for naturists. They are family orientated so public sexual activity is discouraged. These can be very relaxing spots to visit and get the ultimate downtime in the buff.

If you are new to the nudist lifestyle, these resorts can be an excellent way to have your first experience.

When at a resort the New York nudist gets access to all of the amenities like the heated pools, hot tubs, bathrooms, etc. But more importantly, when you are at the resorts you chance to actually meet and make friends with other New York nudists.

Trust us when we say that there is no better way to go nude in New York than to hang out at these resorts. In addition to these resorts, you can find more nudist resorts in nearby Connecticut, Vermont Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Empire Haven

New York nude resort Empire Haven
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Empire Haven
5947 Sun Lane
Moravia, New York 13118
(315) 497-0135

This New York nudist resort is an excellent family-orientated naturist spot. Empire Haven is a beautiful 97-acre campground located in the Finger Lakes area of New York.

This means that this is a nonsexual spot that is open to families including children. So this place is not a swinger lifestyle-friendly park in any of the public areas.

Please keep in mind that nudity is required in certain areas such as the pool and hot tubs.

If you are looking for a family-friendly naturist spot then this is probably for you. Empire Haven receives great reviews from users with most saying that they plan to return.

The amenities at Empire Haven include a heated swimming pool, large conversation hot tub, smaller hot tub, sauna, snack bar, pickleball courts, children’s playground, fishing pond, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits and walking trails,

There are rental cabins, camping spots, and RV hookups available for overnight stays. The rates on all of these are extremely affordable. Camping sites start at $55/night for nonmembers. RV sites start at $58/night for nonmembers. Cabins start at $105/night for nonmembers.

Non-member day rates for Empire Haven are $35 for an individual and $40 for a couple. If you have overnight accommodations, these fees are included in your rate.

Full Tan Sun Club

1350 Carlisle Rd,
Sprakers, NY 12166

The Full Tan Sun Club is a little naturist resort/campground in upstate New York. This is a family-friendly resort with nudity required in the pool areas.

While this is not the biggest location to visit, it does receive good reviews and has a loyal following.

Amenities at the Full Tan Sun Club include a pool, onsite cafe, yard games, and bonfires.

Nonmember grounds fees day rates to visit are $25 per day for a single and $45 for a couple. Overnight stays include grounds fees and are very reasonable. Cabins start at $85 per night, RV sites start at $45 per night, and camping sites start at $35 per night.

New York Nudist Groups

An additional option for naturists in New York is to utilize one of the local groups. These groups often host events and provide a great opportunity to meet and hang out with local naturist nudists.

These are naturist groups so it is important to remember that these groups do not promote sexual activity at their events.

Most of these organizations do not have an actual physical location to go nude but do sponsor events where they take over local places and you get the opportunity to have a nude experience.

Niagara Naturists

The Niagra Naturists is a group in western New York that promotes and holds several nudist events. While they are not technically one of the New York nude resorts, they do have a lodge with numerous events throughout the year.

Naturist Rochester

PO Box 283
Penfield, New York 14526
(585) 244-1219

This is a naturist organization that hosts events throughout the year. They do not have a resort but help members to meet up at events.

Northern Exposure Sun Club

PO Box 12541
Albany, New York 12212
(518) 872-9207

This is another naturist organization that holds events and other nude fun opportunities throughout the year. Once again they do not have an actual physical location but they do sponsor takeover events at some local places.

The Other Type Of Nudist: Swingers in New York

When someone is looking for New York nudist resorts, it is important to take into account what you are looking for. A traditional naturist nudist resort is a completely different experience from a swinger clothing optional resort. Going to the wrong type may lead to some unexpected surprises for you.

In a nutshell, naturists nudists look at nudity as a natural state of being that is not tied to sex. Therefore these places can be family orientated and sexual activity is not encouraged or allowed. Swingers look at nudity as being totally about sexuality. Sexual activity is allowed and encouraged.

You can read Naturist or Swinger Nude Resorts and Beaches for details on the difference.

You will find that nude beaches and nudist resorts tend to be geared towards naturists. Swinger resorts and swinger clubs are definitely for the swingers.

This article is geared towards New York nudist resorts and beaches but if you are more interested in the swinger experience you can check out New York Swinger Clubs and Swinger Resorts.


A regular boring middle-aged married man that discovered the fun of the nudist lifestyle a few years ago. Ever since then he has traveled the country checking out nudits spots.

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