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Things To Do On Long Island. Part 3
Here is the continuation of the series of the articles about Long Island, its attractions and travel there. We have already looked into some of the major things on Long Island – waterfront, lighthouses, beaches, natural wonders, kayaking and canoeing (check out part 1 and part 2 of Things To Do On Long Island guide). Today I am telling more of what else is available for the visitors of the magnificent Long Island.
Boating and Fishing
Boating is another major pastime, with the main season running from March to October. You can bring your own motor or sail boat, hire a craft, or join environmental tours, dinner or gaming cruises.
Long Island waters offer some of the best fishing on the East Coast. You can surfcast off man beaches, fish from a pier or rent a boat at a marina. However, many prefer to hire a charter boat or board an “open boat” sailing daily from Freeport, Montauk, Captree State Park in Babylon or other ports. Those professional captains sure know how to find the fish.
Fresh water fishing is also permitted in lakes, streams and rivers. However, a New York State fishing license is required.
On Long Island you can hear a seal bark, and take its photo, too. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation offers guided seal walks during winter in Montauk Point and Jones Beach State Parks. The Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island also offers walking tours and cruises to visit seals. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation offers cruises that visit seal populations.
Parks and Preserves
There are more than 100 different parks and preserves across the Island. Most are open year-round, including Long Island’s 25 state parks spanning tens of thousands of acres. Long Island’s parks offer great golf courses (such as the Bethpage Black where the U.S. Open was held in 2002 and 2009) and relaxing quiet spaces for picnicking. You can watch the sunrise over Montauk Point or marvel at a sunset over Jones beach State Park. Hiking and nature trails span huge secluded parcels such as the Mashomack Nature Preserve on Shelter Island, and Long Island’s two greenbelt trails.
That’s it for today. Stay tuned for the upcoming parts of Long Island’s attractions and things to do, where I’ll tell you about bird watching, winery tours, the arts, sports and much more!