While Long Beach isn’t quite as health-focused as the Hamptons, this pretty stretch of sand does host an annual, day-long wellness retreat. The NY Fit Fest offers a full program of workouts, meditation, lectures and beauty bars, from breakfast until sundown on September 29.
This year the event will be held at the Allegria Hotel, with some classes setting up right on the beach out front. Try Zumba, kickboxing, pole dancing, rooftop spin classes, and sunrise yoga. Drop in for a panel discussion on how to cultivate positive body image, pick up tips at a workshop about nutrition, or meet your partner / workout accountability buddy at fitness speed dating. There will even be bodyworkers, massage therapists, and reiki healers on hand to add an element of pampering and self-care to the day.
Long Beach is a one-hour train ride from Penn Station, Manhattan—an easy day trip for visitors, who, when they’re not learning new things or dabbling in workouts they’ve never tried before, can enjoy one of New York’s prettiest beaches. Look out for a weekly arts festival, regular outdoor concerts, and a Saturday farmer’s market in the local area.
NY Fit Fest tickets cost $75 for an unlimited day of fitness classes and wellness experiences, which is a bargain when you consider boutique studios in the city often charge upwards of $30 for a single session.
Whether you go for the day or make a weekend of it, NY Fit Fest is an opportunity to see out beach season and start the fall season happier and healthier.