Outdoor Fun on Long Island.
Enjoy a walk among the majestic trees of these Long Island arboretums. Some Indoor facilities may be suspended. Be sure to check their websites for the latest information on services offered.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum - Great River
“With 691 acres situated on the picturesque
Connetquot River, Bayard Cutting Arboretum fulfills Ms. James' wishes in
fine style. Visitors can learn about the value and appearance of planned,
but informal plantings on a country estate. Or they can merely enjoy the
serenity of a walk among the trees of the pinetum or among the
rhododendrons. Most trees are labeled so that visitors can learn how they
might appear in their landscape at home. The Bayard Cutting Horticultural
Club offers programs that add to the educational value of the place.”
Planting Fields Arboretum - Oyster Bay
“Visit the former Gold Coast estate of the
W.R. Coe family. This National Register property has over 400 acres of
rolling lawns, gardens, woodlands, and nature walks. The Camellia
Greenhouse displays the largest collection of camellias in the northeast,
and the Main Greenhouse has extensive collections of hibiscus, orchids,
succulents, and seasonal displays.”
Avalon Nature Preserve - Stony Brook
Avalon Nature Preserve is free and open to the
public year round. Avalon offers nearly 5 miles of hiking trails to enjoy.
Dogs are welcome to enjoy the grounds, but be sure to leash and clean up
after your four legged friends. Avalon abides by a carry-in
carry-out policy - you will not find garbage cans or bathrooms within the
Whether you bike it, hoof it, or *literally* hoof it (on a horse), these trials will take you all across Long Island!
Massapequa Preserve - Massapequa
“Located in the heart of Massapequa, the
preserve is one of the most beautiful parks in the area. Perfect for
biking, it rides along a stream surrounded by trees and gardens. The
preserve is officially named The Peter J. Schmitt Massapequa Preserve and
is made up of 432 acres. It contains a bike trail, hiking trail via the
Greenbelt, as well as fishing and nature walks.”
North from the park you can take the Bethpage Bikeway Trail up to Bethpage State Park.
More Info: http://massapequapreserve.com/
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve - Huntington
“Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve,
situated on a scenic peninsula extending into Long Island Sound, offers
miles of bridle paths, walking, jogging, hiking, biking, cross-country
skiing and nature trails over acres of woodland, meadows, rock shoreline
and salt marsh.”
More Info: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/23/details.aspx
Connetquot River State Park Preserve - Oakdale
“Connetquot River State Park Preserve
maintains 3,473 acres of land and water for the protection and propagation
of game birds, fish and animals.The preserve also has 50 miles of hiking,
horseback riding, cross-country ski and nature trails, as well as fishing
(by permit only) on the Connetquot River.”
More Info: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/8
Hecksher state park - East Islip
“The 1,600 acres of Heckscher State Park on
the south shore of Long Island are used by park visitors for a number of
outdoor activities; primarily, the park's shady picnic groves provide the
idyllic spots for family and group picnic outings. Large open fields are
used for soccer, cricket, lacrosse, and other field sports. Four miles of
paved, multi-use trails attract bicycle riders, walkers, and nature
lovers. In addition to stunning views of the Great South Bay with Fire
Island as the backdrop, visitors see whitetail deer, a variety of birds
and other wildlife.”
More Info: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/136/details.aspx
Meadowlark park - Northport
“Meadowlark Park, a small section of the
greater Veterans Park Complex. [Is] home to one of the most challenging
and fun to ride mountain bike trails on Long Island. The trail winds its
way through 5 miles of some of the most varied terrain of the Harbor Hill
Moraine. Since this trail requires advanced biking skills, you should be
prepared to get off and walk at a moment’s notice. The Meadowlark Bike
Trail welcomes hikers and runners, but is too tight for horses.
Equestrians may use the bridle trails.”
Canoe and Kayak Rentals
You don’t need to own a boat to enjoy a relaxing day on the water. These shops and websites offer rentals on Canoes, Kayaks and Stand-Up Paddleboards (SUP).
Peconic Paddler - Riverhead
Long Island Canoe Kayak Rentals - Riverhead
Carman’s River Canoe & Kayak II - Brookhaven
Nissequogue River Canoe & Kayak Rentals - Smithtown, Kings Park
Kayak and canoe rentals are available from http://canoerentals.com/. Paddlers travel between Paul T Given Park in Smithtown and Nissequogue River State Park in Kings Park. Start and end points alternate with the tide. Boaters will be bussed back to their starting location at the end of their trip. Launch times change daily so check the calendar on their website.
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