We can’t exactly say it was a rough winter, but it certainly was a long one. Good news though, the spring season is finally here and there’s no better time to get out and enjoy some of the great things that Long Island has to offer. Here’s a roundup of some things to take advantage of this spring here in our backyard.
Walk through mazes at Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens is home to a perennial and rose gardens, trails, lakes, picnic areas and more. There are also many kids’ events, plus mini log cabins to play in.
Learn more at: Old Westbury Gardens
Feed the animals at White Post Farms
At White Post Farms in Melville, kids will enjoy the animal petting zoo, bird aviary, playgrounds, train rides and family entertainment.
Learn more at: White Post Farms
Take a ride on the Greenport Carousel
Check out the restored vintage 1920s carousel in the Glass Carousel Pavilion at Mitchell Park in Greenport.
Learn more at: Greenport Carousel
Zip-line at Adventure Park at Long Island
Zip lines – cables that kids, teens and grownups can ride from tree to tree – are featured at the Adventure Park at Long Island in Wheatley Heights. The aerial forest ropes park also includes a series of “challenge bridges” between tree platforms.
Learn more at: Zip Line Adventure Park
Venture on a seal walk
At Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton Beach you can take about a 1 1/2-mile guided walk to see seals lounging on the beach.
Learn more at: CRESLI Cupsogue Seal Walks
Stroll along the Connetquot River at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum
The Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River is a botanical garden that runs along the Connetquot River, with five nature walks: pinetum, wildflower, rhododendron, bird-watching, swamp cypress and assorted trees.
Learn more at: Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Watch goat’s milk cheese being made at Catapano Dairy Farm
Catapano Dairy Farm has a cheese making area where you can watch organic goat’s milk cheese being made.
Learn more at: Catapano Dairy Farm
Go to a Long Island Ducks game
Head to a ball game and route for your home team at Bethpage Ballpark. Check website for schedule and tickets.
Learn more at: Long Island Ducks
Play with model boats at Christopher Morley Park
There’s so much to do at Christopher Morley Park in North Hills. There’s a boat basin for model sailboats, tennis courts, a 9-hole golf course, playgrounds, jogging course, shuffleboard, baseball fields and more.
Learn more at: Christopher Morley Park
Ride the bumper boats at Bayville Adventure Park
Visit Bayville Adventure Park in Bayville and enjoy a pirate-themed fun park with bumper boats, indoor rock climbing, miniature golf, ropes course, bungee bounce, train ride, 3-D Fun House, maze, video arcade and ice cream parlor.
Learn more at: Bayville Adventure Park
Plan a picnic at Eisenhower Park
There’s tons to do at Eisenhower Park: mini-golf, batting range, tennis, playgrounds, jogging trails, bike paths, model boating and more. Pack a picnic and spend the day.
Learn more at: Eisenhower Park
Learn about farm animals at the Hallockville Museum Farm
The Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead shows what farm life was like on the North Fork from 1760 to 1930.
Learn more at: Hallockville Museum Farm
Step back in time at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Head back to the 1800s at Old Bethpage Village Restoration in Old Bethpage to find a Long Island community with 51 historic buildings. Check out the Layton General Store, District #6 Schoolhouse and Powell Farm with animals, carriage shed, smokehouse and more.
Learn more at: Old Bethpage Village Restoration
Play a game of paintball at High Velocity Outdoor Paintball
Head to High Velocity Outdoor Paintball in Coram, which features seven outdoor fields with scenarios including World War II, castle, Air Force, Western town, “Attack and Defend,” trench warfare and woods.
Learn more at: High Velocity Paintball