Located just off the coast of busy Manhattan, Long Island, New York, has it all. You’ll find serene natural parks and fantastic beaches, as well as adventure park thrills. It’s a great destination for a vacation or day trip, whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple or with kids. Below is a list 10 great things you can do on Long Island.
Sagamore Hill, Teddy Roosevelt’s “Summer White House”
President Teddy Roosevelt’s long-time home, Sagamore Hill, is a fascinating site filled with history that’s located in a beautiful natural setting. For enthusiasts of American and presidential history, it’s a necessary stop.
Tour a Museum
Long Island has several outstanding art and history museums. Its art museums include the Parrish Art Museum, The Heckscher Museum of Art and the Nassau County Museum of Art. History buffs love the Long Island Museum of American Art‘s The Carriage Museum, which has an exemplary collection of antique carriages.
Plan a Beach Day
Delighting both surfers and families, there’s no shortage of fantastic beaches on Long Island. Some favorites include Cooper’s Beach in the town of Southampton, Long Beach, Jones Beach State Park and the renowned shorelines of Fire Island.
Attend a Wine Tasting
Long Island’s very own “Wine Country” offers a selection of scenic wineries to explore. Beer enthusiasts, however, need not fear, as you’ll also find great breweries that create craft beers.
Take a Tour of Long Island’s “Gold Coast”
Transport yourself back to the glamour and glitz of the early 20th century with a tour of Long Island’s magnificent “Gold Coast” mansions and arboretums. In particular, don’t miss the dazzling beauty of the Old Westbury Gardens.
Take the Ferry to Fire Island
Fire Island is a charming barrier island where you’ll find all sorts of outdoor beach activities. Have fun taking a ferry to get there; the boats depart from three different locations. There’s also a must-visit lighthouse on Fire Island.
Experience the Thrills of Adventureland
Open since 1962, Adventureland offers a variety of fun rides and attractions to visitors. There are water rides, thrill rides and kid-friendly rides, as well as an arcade and other activities at this amusement park.
Walk by a Coral Reef at the Long Island Aquarium
Featuring a stunning 20,000-gallon coral reef exhibit that’s 30 feet long, the Long Island Aquarium has something for each member of your family. If you’re feeling brave, you can even sign up for a dive with tiger sharks.
Take a Serene Nature Walk
Rounding out this list of things to do on Long Island is visiting the area’s abundance of beautiful state parks that are perfect for long walks and peaceful hikes. These include the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Noyack and the Massapequa Preserve. You’ll feel like you’re a world away from the noise of New York City.