One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, New York City is a diverse melting pot of different cultures and ethnicities with individuals from all over the world! With so many people from different places, different foods to try and cultural aspects to take in, there is always something fun to do in the city that never sleeps. And while New York City gets all the fanfare and attention, the suburbs of Long Island are often forgotten about and taken for granted, but the fact is that there is a lot of fun and interesting stuff to do there! When looking for 5 places to visit on Long Island this summer there is so much to choose from and so many different options out there no matter what you are into! From castles and lighthouses, to beautiful beaches, and gardens, or vineyards – there is literally something for everyone on Long Island, and for many individuals outside of the five boroughs, it can become an oasis of fun and entertainment. Not many people know what to do however, when they hit Long Island, therefore in this article, we will be going over a few of the most fun things to do this summer on Long Island.
Fire Island Lighthouse
One of the most fun places to visit on Long Island, Fire Island is a favorite of many across the world who have ventured past the five boroughs. It’s open all year round, and offers an amazing set of outdoor activities. Interestingly enough, the Fire Island Lighthouse is the tallest lighthouse on Long Island, and provides an amazing site for people to see.
We have all grown up thinking about making sand castles on the beach, or seen them in pop culture. But did you know that the grounds at Sands Point Preserve actually has 2 castles otherwise known as mansions as well as 216 acres located right on the Long Island Sound in Nassau County. It was built in 1902, and has tons of history to back it up. It’s a great place for outdoor activities including walking trails, large grassy picnic areas, and a beach to hang out on. If you have a dog, it’s also a great place for a walk – day or night!
What many people refer to as “The End”, Montauk is the tip of Long Island in the sense that it is the last exit on the Long Island Expressway. Famous for the Montauk Lighthouse that was built in 1796 and still operates for aviators across the sea today. Montauk offers amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean, and is an amazing couples getaway location with so many nice places to stay and great views of the beach. Be sure to check out Montauk Point State Park while you are there.
Planting Fields Arboretum
One of the most beautiful gardens on Long Island, the Planting Fields Arboretum is a historic park, which was originally the estate of William Robertson Coe. The property covers over 400 acres of rolling hills, greenhouses, and historic estates that look like they came out of your favorite romance novel. A great place for a picnic or just to take a stroll through the park.
Apple Picking Orchards
Apple picking is something that everyone loves to do! And while most people think of apple picking in upstate New York, the fact is that all across Long Island there are places that offer amazing options for apple picking. An option for the whole family, apple picking is usually on the North Fork of Long Island, right where all the vineyards are as well! So it’s a great opportunity for children and adults, to take part in some wholesome fun, and enjoy a glass of some of the best wine on Long Island.