For those who are unable to go on a cruise this year; fly to a tropical place like Hawaii; or even backpack through Europe… this blog is dedicated to you. Long Island has a plethora of things to do during the summer. In fact, Billy Joel recently stated in a promotional commercial that, “My favorite place is Long Island. It's an endless beach from Long Beach to Montauk to Long Island Sound, with incredible fishing, Teddy Roosevelt's home and the first port in the U.S.” So to prove Billy’s point we created a Top 10 countdown of things to do on Long Island during the summer.
10. Belmont Race Track will be holding the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7th at 630 pm.
9. Museum Row is a one stop destination for some of Long Island’s finest museums; located on Charles Lindbergh Boulevard in Garden City you can visit the Long Island Children’s Museum, the Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum, Long Island Museum for Science and Technology, and the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
8. At Atlantic Marine World in Riverhead you can dive with the sharks or go kayaking on the Peconic River. Atlantic Marine World is the perfect place for family fun!
7. Did you know that LI has some of the finest craft beers around? Visit local breweries like Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue, Greenport Brewery and Port Jeff Brewery.
6. Spend 4th of July at Fire Island, it’s known to be the best beach towns in New York. The Cherry Grove has their annual Invasion of the Pines, hit up Ocean Beach and Ocean Bay Park where there is a long strip of bars such as; Flynn’s, Schooners, and Castaway.
5. Adventure Park at Long Island located in Wheatley Heights’ grand opening will be on June 21st; the Adventure Park provides family fun for ages 7 and up. This aerial forest adventure is fun, exciting and safe for all participants. Each trail has zip lines but primarily consist of “bridges” between tree platforms made of rope, cable and wood configurations creating over 60 unique challenges.
4. Travel down to Montauk and climb the lighthouse while enjoying the breathtaking view from above. Make sure you pull over to take a picture with The Big Duck on your drive down; it was originally built in 1931 by duck farmer Martin Maurer, who used it as a shop to sell ducks and duck eggs. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
3. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon stroll through the many arboretums Long Island has to offer. Check out Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Bailey Arboretum, The Bayard Cutting Arboretum and the Artistic Arborculture Inc.
2. If you are a wine connoisseur, or just love beautiful scenery, visit wineries such as; Duckwalk Vineyard, Martha Clara, Baiting Hollow Farm, Sparkling Pointe and Wolffer Estate Vineyard just to name a few.
1. The Paramount is the number one spot for live entertainment, located in downtown Huntington features: Concerts, Comedy, Boxing, Community and other special events in a club / theater setting. The Paramount continues to present sold-out shows, featuring the best in live entertainment on Long Island without the hassle of traveling into the city.
Long Island may not be tropical, but it does have a lot to offer during the summer season. If there is something you think should of made it onto the countdown let us know right here!