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Things To Do On Long Island. Part 2

Updated on October 26, 2013

Here is the continuation of the series of the articles about Long Island travel. Check out part 1 of Things To Do On Long Island guide, and read on to learn more about the magnificent island in New York. So, what else can you do on Long Island?

Visiting Lighthouses

The coastline of Long Island is dotted with working lighthouses where you can visit museums, gift shops and in some cases climb the steps for great views.

The Montauk Point Lighthouse was commissioned by President George Washington and is the oldest lighthouse in New York State. On tours, which are offered march through December, you can climb the 137 steps for a breathtaking view. A gift shop, museum and Lost At Sea memorial honoring East End fishermen are also on the grounds.

Also open to visitors: the Fire island Lighthouse, which has guided ships to New York Harbor since 1826. It’s automated, with keeper’s quarters that house a museum and gift shop. Tours up the lighthouse’s 192-step tower are available from April through mid-December.

The Horton Point Lighthouse in Southold welcomes visitors on summer weekends. It has a nautical museum operated by the Southold Historical Society. The Huntington Harbor Lighthouse, built in 1912, is accessible by a twice-monthly boat tour, May through September.

East End Lighthouses, Long Island Lighthouse Safaris and the Long Island Chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society visit some of the less accessible lighthouses, such as the Long Beach Bar “Bug Light” on the North Fork.

Hitting the Beach

Looking for a world-class beach, or a secluded strand? You’ll find both here. The crowds arrive in the good old summertime, but Long Island’s beautiful beaches are open year-round. You can choose from the wild expanses of sand and surf on the Atlantic Ocean, or pebble beaches on the Long Island Sound. Bays and lakes are also ringed by smaller beaches. Swimming, fishing, beachcombing and surfing are just a few of the enjoyable activities.

Kayaking or Canoeing

Kayaking has become popular way to get exercise as you glide past lovely scenery and wildlife. Peaceful waterways include the Carmans river In Shirley, the Connetquot River in Oakdale, the Peconic River through Calverton and Riverhead and the Nissequogue River in Smithtown. Canoe rentals are also available in most locations.

That’s it for today. Stay tuned for the upcoming parts of Long Island’s attractions and things to do, where I'll talk about boating, fishing, seal watching, parks, preserves, sports and much more!

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      Steven P Kelly 

      6 years ago from Tampa, FL

      Whistling "These are a few of my favorite things..." I grew up on the water so I love the beach and kayaking. I would love to visit Long Island. Looking forward to the continuations.

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