As summer's sunny days turn into fall, the hot weather yields to comfortable temperatures and the trees on Long Island go from a lush green to bright shades of blazing red, yellows and orange. It's time to go outdoors to enjoy this special time of the year. Here are some places to go and things to do for fall fun on Long Island.
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Take A Hike Through Long Island's Autumn Landscapes
Long Island is home to a number of hiking trails like the ones in Garvies Point Preserve, which lead down to a quiet beach, and some wonderful wildlife refuges like the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The Nature Conservancy’s Uplands Farm features a double-loop trail surrounded by red cedar, oak, hickory and other tall trees that put on a colorful display in the fall.
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Fall is a great time to go apple picking with your family and friends. Find out where you can get your own fresh apples in my article, Pick Your Own Apples on Long Island.
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There are lots of places to go and things to do for a chilling, thrilling Halloween on Long Island. Read more about Halloween on Long Island...Continue to 5 of 19 below.
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To celebrate Halloween, read about Long Island's most haunted places.... or even visit one, if you dare!
Read more about Long Island's Most Haunted Places....
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Fall is a great time of year to take a leisurely walk through some of Long Island's beautiful gardens. Read more...
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The Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn Harbor, NY features exhibits of major artists in its Gold Coast Georgian mansion. Beyond the mansion, you can wander through 145 acres of fields, woods, ponds and formal gardens where sculptures by Niki de Saint Pahlle, Fernando Botero, Tom Otterness and other luminaries adorn the outdoor setting. Read more about the Nassau County Museum of Art's Outdoor Sculpture Garden...
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Sit back aboard the 35-passenger pontoon boat Discovery in Stony Brook Harbor for a 1 1/2-hour cruise through the wetlands. An onboard naturalist will entertain you with facts about the history, geology and ecology of this beautiful area. The cruises run from May through the end of October and .... Read more about Discover Wetlands Cruises....Continue to 9 of 19 below.
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Take Fido To A Dog Run
t's great to go jogging or to take long walks with your dog, but some places in Nassau and Suffolk won't allow you to take your canine friend along. Here are some designated dog runs on Long Island, where you're free to bring along your dog. Both of you will easily make friends -- both human and canine.
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Take a Staycation or a Weekend Escape
Enjoy a staycation without leaving Long Island at places like the Glen Cove Mansion, Oheka Castle, the Hamptons (now that the summer crowds have left), Long Island Wine Country and more.
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Explore Long Island's Neighborhoods
Now that the weather is pleasant, take a walk or drive through some of Long Island's many wonderful neighborhoods. From Oyster Bay, once home to Teddy Roosevelt's "Summer White House," to Lloyd Neck where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie once rented a luxurious estate, Long Island's neighborhoods offer great scenery and attractions. Read about walking and driving tours at:Continue to 13 of 19 below.
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Since 1972, Long Island's professional hockey team, the New York Islanders have thrilled audiences and a number of Islanders have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. To see their current game schedules or to purchase tickets, please go to the Nassau Coliseum website or the NY Islanders official website.
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Enjoy Fall Festivals on Long Island
In the fall, Long Island offers a wealth of festivals. Take the whole family along to enjoy festivals like the Long Island Fair, the annual Fall Festival at Hicks Nurseries, Sag Harbor's Harborfest, the annual Fall Country Fair at the Sands-Willets House, the annual Bayville Waterside Festival, the annual Medieval Festival at the Sands Point Preserve, North Hempstead's annual FamilyFest, the Long Island Apple Festival at the Sherwood Jayne House in Setauket, the annual Nassau County Hibernian Feis (traditional Irish arts & crafts fest), and for those who love the taste of garlic, the annual Long Island Garlic Festival at the Garden of Eve Farm in Riverhead.Continue to 17 of 19 below.
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Create A Leaf Craft Project With The KidsAbout.com's Guide to Family Crafts shows you how to have fun making various inexpensive leaf craft projects -- with or without the kids. Read how to create a leaf craft project....
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Watch A Video About How To Preserve LeavesWatch a short About.com video on how to preserve autumn leaves from your favorite trees.
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Make An Apple PrintAbout.com's Guide to Family Crafts teaches you how to make a print using apples or other fruits. Read more...