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Living in Wantagh, New York, a hamlet located in southwestern Nassau County on Long Island, feels a bit like you're living in a suburban version of a beach town. Which makes sense, given that Wantagh's official slogan is "The Gateway to Jones Beach." In fact, it takes just ten minutes to get from Wantagh's downtown commercial area to the Jones Beach State Park, where you'll find one of the finest stretches of white sandy beachfront on the East Coast. Unsurprisingly, much of Wantagh life revolves around Jones, with its six miles of sand, two miles of boardwalk, swimming pools, lots of concession facilities and picnic areas, playing field and ball courts, bike paths (which also connect the beach to Wantagh proper), many spectacular art deco buildings and, of course, the great rolling waves of the Atlantic. The park is also the home of the Jones Beach Theater, an outdoor, 14,000-seat venue that always offers an impressive line-up of classic rockers and such during warmer months. And all of that doesn't even include Wantagh Park, which offers residents a swimming complex with six pools, tennis courts, several large playgrounds, illuminated baseball and softball fields, a year-round fishing pier, and a boating marina and launch ramp. With all that fun in the sun it's perhaps no surprise that Wantagh is a very family-friendly community, with good public schools and a lively, walkable downtown area (there are also strip malls and big box stores within a short drive). Many have observed that kids who grew up in Wantagh come back there to live and start of family of their own, adding continuity and an active participation among residents in the hamlet's quality of life.

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