Who would have known at the beginning of this long NHL season, after the putrid start that the Philadelphia Flyers had, that they would have climbed the power rankings to be one of the more formidable teams in the league? That’s exactly where they are now and, heading into their January 20 matchup with the New York Islanders on Long Island, they are on an absolute roll.
While the weather is cold now, there is still a lot to do on Long Island to make it a couple day trip if you are so inclined. It’s a very reasonable 2-3 hour trip to Long Island from the Philly area (although this can vary, keep in mind you going through the New York City area) so it’s well worth planning a short trip.
Possibly one of the biggest draws now to Long Island are wineries, wineries and more wineries. The North Fork and South Fork of Long Island have become bona fide tourist destinations and the region has become one of the top ten places in the world for wine. If you can swing a few days up in this area while here to see the game, they are well worth your time.
Long Island is, of course, in close proximity to New York City, so you could fill your short trip with all that there is to do there. However, Long Island has lots to do in it’s own right, and you can find it all right here. The Islanders will only be at Nassau Coliseum in Hempstead for one more season after the current one before they move to Brooklyn, so if you wanted to visit this old joint, now is the time to do it.
Division rivalries are always fun to witness in person whenever the Flyers are involved. Whether it’s the Devils, Penguins, Rangers or Islanders, it is guaranteed to be gritty, old school hockey. The Flyers, as always, will be represented by fans when they visit Long Island, so join your brethren, and make the couple hour trip up the New Jersey Turnpike.