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
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 2:25 p.m., 3:25 p.m., and 25 minutes after every hour throughout the day. The beach is about a half mile walk from the Long Island Rail Road Station.
What would become the Long Beach Polar Bears started innocently enough on Super Bowl Sunday in 1998. Kevin McCarthy and Pete Meyers – decided it would be fun to jump into the Atlantic Ocean for a quick dip before the game. Stories flew around town about how much Kevin and Pete enjoyed their swim. (At least that’s what they said!) Mike Bradley asked Kevin and Pete if they would like company on Super Bowl Sunday in 1999. They readily agreed, and Mike brought along his brother P.J. Bradley to join in the swim.
Patti and Mike Bradley had been searching for a fitting memorial to Paulie, one that would keep his loving heart and generous spirit alive for everyone. It was P.J. who asked: what if the annual Polar Bear Swim were to be a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Metro New York?
We at Make-A-Wish are grateful that Kevin and Pete generously and enthusiastically agreed that it was a wonderful idea to turn their swim into a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish. So, on Super Bowl Sunday 2000 the Long Beach Polar Bear Club jumped into the freezing ocean with warm hearts, startled shouts and determination.
The rest is history.....