Long Island is a great place to be, especially during the summer months. From pristine, white, sandy beaches to theater, wineries, restaurants and more, the region is full of fun summertime things to do. Check out ten of the funnest summertime activities that you can enjoy right here on Long Island:
Spend a day at the beach
Nothing represents summer more than a great, fun-filled day at the beach. Long Island has literally hundreds of beaches to choose from, and there are several different types of beaches to enjoy. From the long stretches of white sand along the South Shore and Fire Island, beginning at points west in Long Beach, Wantagh and more all the way to the east, through the Hamptons and out to Montauk, the Atlantic Ocean offers beautiful scenery, swimming, sandcastle building, Frisbee throwing, surfing and all sorts of other pure enjoyment.
The North Shore offers a completely different beach experience than the south, with a more rugged coastline full of pebbles and scenic bluffs, nestled along the calmer waters of the Long Island Sound. For an even quieter and more peaceful feel, the beaches along the Great South and Peconic Bays offer pure, blissful serenity.
Visit Long Island's Wine Country
Did you know that the North Fork of Long Island goes by the nickname, "Long Island Wine Country?" That's because the region to the north and east of Riverhead is home to more than 30 world-class wineries, and aside from experiencing the interesting intricacies of wine-making, the summer months offer bring all sorts of additional entertainment to the East End, from live music to art galleries, food demonstrations and more.
Catch a musical or live play
Long Island is home to several live theaters, all of which put on great productions. The Gateway Playhouse of Bellport hosts a summer theater series that is always Broadway caliber and a favorite among Long Island theatergoers. The Patchogue Theater plays host to some of these, as well as its own productions and live shows. Other theaters that regularly offer live performances throughout the year include Theater Three of Pt. Jefferson, The John W. Engeman Theater of Northport, Creative Ministries Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, and many more.
Visit a State Park
Both Nassau and Suffolk County are teeming with beautiful state parks. Many of them, like Jones Beach in Wantagh, Captree and Robert Moses on Fire Island, and Heckscher in East Islip, feature some of the great beaches mentioned above. Others, like Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon, Wildwood in Wading River, and Hempstead Lake in West Hempstead offer many other outdoor activities such as picnicking, horseback riding, kayaking, fishing and more.
Take In a concert at Jones Beach Theater
The Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh is one of the best venues anywhere for an outdoor concert. The open-air arena sits along the Great South Bay, providing a beautiful setting for a fun evening enjoying some of the best in music. Some of the great musical artists performing in the Jones Beach Summer Concert Series this summer include Pitbull and Ke$ha, Fleetwood Mac, One Direction, and many, many more.
Check out some wildlife
There are several places around the island where the whole family can see animals they wouldn't normally get to see in everyday life. The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead hosts an ample collection of sea creatures and other animals, and feeding the rays in the "Ray Bay" is especially interactive. Other places to catch some wildlife include the Animal Farm Petting Zoo in Manorville, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, and of course the longtime favorite of locals, the Long Island Game Farm.
Catch a Duck's game
The Long Island Ducks are Long Island's own minor league professional baseball team. Suffolk County Sports Park in Central Islip is where the ducks call home and catching a game there means not only enjoying some great b-ball, but taking in all of the fun sights, sounds and contests that come with it.
Spend an afternoon at Adventureland
Adventureland, located on Route 110 in Farmingdale is the region's only major amusement park. With more than twenty-six attractions, rides, video games, restaurants and gift shops, Adventureland is a great place to spend a warm summer afternoon.
Are you an extreme sports enthusiast? Have you ever wanted to skydive? Well, Long Island has not one, but two places where you can experience this thrill like no other. Climb to more than 10,000 feet and then take a free fall over Calverton or East Moriches, respectively, at Skydive Long Island or the Long Island Skydiving Center in Calverton.
Cool off at Splish Splash
One of the most popular attractions on Long Island is located towards the end of the Long Island Expressway in Riverhead. Splish Splash has been a favorite spot for keeping cool on a hot summer day, with dozens of wet and wild attractions suited for the whole family.
So there you have it, ten great ways to spend a summer day or evening on Long Island. For more on these specific attractions, please click on the links within,