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Things To Do On Long Island. Part 4

Updated on August 25, 2016

Welcome to the next part of the series of articles about Long Island things to do. In part 1, part 2 and part 3 of Things to do on Long Island guide you’ve learnt about waterfont, lighthouses, natural wonders, beaches, boating, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, seal watching and parks. Today you’ll learn what's more for you on Long Island.

Winery Tours

In a short 35 years, Long Island Wine Country has become a major wineproducing region. The island currently boasts about 3000 acres of vineyards and some three dozen wineries with tasting rooms. You can travel from one tasting room to the next, sampling glasses of long island varietals such as Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. (Be sure to designate a non-drinking driver!)

The wine industry is centeredin the rural Town of Southold, but there are also tastingrooms and vineyards in the neighbouring Town of Riverhead, on the South Fork and on the grounds of the historic Meadowcroft Estate in Sayville.

Most wineries are open year-round for tasting, tours and events, and offer their products for sale. Some offerconcerts, art exhibits, food pairings, barrel tastings and seasonal activities such as harvest fests.

Taking the Children

A number of special attractions make Long Island a paradise for families with children.

The LI Children’s Museum (LICM) located in the museums at Mitcheld Field (Museum Row) complex offers 12 innovative galleries featuring interactive exhibits, family workshops and live theater performances. Museum Row also includes The Cradle of Aviation Museum/IMAX Theater and the Nassau County Firefighters Museum & Education Center.

Cold Spring Harbor is home to a Whaling Museum, the Dolan DNA Learning Center (the world’s first biotechnology museum) and the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium.

The Animal Farm & Petting Zoo and the Long Island Game Farm Wildlife & Children’s Zoo, with their unique animal collections, are both located in Manorville.

Atlantis Marine World Aquarium in Riverhead is Long Island’s only full-scale aquarium, where kids can explore the undersea world of seals, sea lions, penguins, sharks and other aquatic creatures. Kids can dive into summer fun at Splich Splash Water Park, also in Riverhead.

Meanwhile, at the Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) in Bridgehampton, kids can explore the island’s history, beauty and treasures through exhibits such as a tree house, a sailing ship and a farm stand.

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, farm stands, the arts, sports and much more!

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