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Things To Do On Long Island. Part 1

Updated on October 26, 2013

Long Island is a marvelous place to visit, with a wide variety of things to do, see an experience here, keeping you busy ‘round the clock. Whether you want to unwind on the beach, in a park or at winery, explore a museum, a preserve or an art gallery, or cheer at a hockey match, baseball game or horse race, you will find many outstanding opportunities for fun and relaxation. Since I have been living on Long Island for 3 years, I’d like to write a series of articles with an overview of what makes the Island such a special and exciting place for visitors who want to enjoy it. Welcome to part one!

Enjoying the Waterfront

Long Island is ringed with port communities from the city line to the East End. These vibrant centers or maritime life include Freeport, Port Washington, Oyster Bay, Long Beach/Point Lookout, Greenport, Cold Spring Harbor, Port Jefferson, Hampton Bays, Sag Harbor and Montauk – to name a few of the better known port communities. You haven’t enjoyed the island to the fullest unless you have strolled on a Boardwalk or beach, browsed in unique shops, or dined on incredibly fresh seafood at a seaside restaurant.

Unique attractions are part of maritime fun. The United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point on Long Island’s North Shore is one of the nation’s five service academies, and home to the American Merchant Marine Museum. Freeport is a historic South Shore port community with a Nautical Mile lined with seafood restaurants and a fishing fleet. The long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville features actual historic boats used in the area’s water. An authentic 19th century whaleboat is among the collections at The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum in Cold Spring Harbor.

The nautical thrills continue on the East End. The Whaling Museum in Sag Harbor is located in one of America’s great historic whaling communities. On the North Fork, Greenport’s East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation showcases the deep-water port’s shipping heyday.

Natural Wonders

Although Long Island is one of America’s great suburban areas, it’s full of wide open public spaces. Beaches, parks, rivers, forests, lakes, bays and other wonders show the island in its natural state. And golfers will find a number of the nation’s great courses carved into some of the island’s beautiful scenery.

That’s it for today. Stay tuned for the continuation – lighthouses, beaches, boating, fishing, kayaking, sports and much more!


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      Shushanik 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Thanks a lot! I'm glad you've liked it. Long Island is a magnificent place, and though now I live in another magnificent place, California, I'm rather nostalgic about Long Island - there were a lot of nice things there...

      I've already written another hub, part 2, check it out:

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      akeejaho 6 years ago from Some where in this beautiful world!

      Brought back some memories for me! My mother was born in Oyster Bay, and used to visit relatives in Hempstead and Mineola when I was young. Long island holds many fond memories for me, and in particular, Jones Beach and Long beach. We used to have clam bakes there and sit with a fire at night. Loved the Hub. Thanks for the memories.

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      happyturtle 6 years ago from UK

      This is informative, I'm looking for a nice weekend holiday spot and Long Island is now on my shortlist.