Summer Fun on Long Island

Where to go and what to do on Long Island in the summer.

Long Island offers a wealth of outdoor activities during the summer. From stunning beaches to world-class golf courses, picturesque neighborhoods, children's activities and more, here are some places to go for summer fun on Long Island.

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    Surfer on the beach in Montauk
    ••• Sasha Maslov/Aurora/Getty Images

    From the powder-fine, white sands of Long Beach to the pounding surf of Montauk, Long Island has a variety of beautiful beaches on its north and south shores. It's no surprise that Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. "Dr. Beach" has selected several Long Island beaches, year after year, for his annual list of America's Top 10 Beaches. Read more...

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    Free concerts in Montauk
    ••• Free concerts in Montauk by the gazebo. Photo © Karin Wanag/Montauk Chamber of Commerce

    Throughout Long Island, there are summer concerts and many are for free. So take your pick of the following, bring blankets or chairs and sit back and listen to music ranging from classical to classic rock and everything in between.

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    Bridge Gardens
    ••• Bridge Gardens. Photo © Daniel Gonzales

    Enjoy the sights and scents of lush greenery and colorful flowers blossoming in public gardens on Long Island. Whether on the grounds of former Gold Coast mansions or set across acres of carefully planted arboretums, Long Island gardens will give you leisure time in the sun. Read more at:

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    Mill Pond House restaurant
    ••• Mill Pond House restaurant, Centerport. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    When the sun is shining during the day and even the nights are pleasantly warm, you can enjoy your meals at many restaurants with outdoor dining, facing the ocean, a bay, pond or picturesque street. Read more about Long Island Outdoor Dining...

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    Take A Walking Tour of Long Island's Neighborhoods

    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• Port Washington, NY. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    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:

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    Long Island Public Golf Courses

    With its gently rolling hills and sprawling, flat landscapes, Long Island is a great place to play golf. From the legendary Black Course at Bethpage State Park --- several times home to the U.S. Open--- to numerous courses in Nassau and Suffolk, read more about Long Island Public Golf Courses...
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    Long Island Weddings

    Photo © Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate
    ••• Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate. Photo © Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate

    Summer is a wonderful time to get married on Long Island. Read about Five Fabulous Wedding Locations on Long Island and Long Island Wine Country Weddings.

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    Museums on Long Island

    Atlantis Marine World Seal Exhibit
    ••• Atlantis Marine World Seal Exhibit. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    There are plenty of places to enjoy the great outdoors on beautiful Long Island. Read about places like Garvies Point Museum & Preserve, where you can stroll after seeing the indoor attraction. Or explore Grumman Memorial Park, a free, outdoor attraction that features a number of authentic aircraft.

    There's always lots of indoor and outdoor fun at the Long Island Children's Museum and Atlantis Marine World features live animal shows in its outdoor arena.

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    Photo © Jamie Squire/Getty Images
    ••• Sarava, winner of the 134th Belmont Stakes in 2002, with his blanket of white carnations. Photo © Jamie Squire/Getty Images

    The Belmont Stakes is a 1 1/2-mile thoroughbred horse race held annually each June at Belmont Park Race Track in Elmont, Nassau County, NY. This popular event always draws an enthusiastic crowd, with a record attendance of over 120,000 in 2004. This legendary race is the third leg of the famous "Triple Crown," consisting of the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and finally, the Belmont Stakes....Read more about the Belmont Stakes...

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    Long Island Cruises

    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• Discovery Wetlands Cruise. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    Discovery Wetlands Cruises starting at Stony Brook Harbor, will take you through the scenic wetlands to see birds and marine life as well as beautiful scenery. Read more about Discovery Wetland Cruises...

    Or take a tour through the Peconic River with Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat Cruises, leaving from Atlantis Marine World.

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    Dog Runs on Long Island

    Dog run signs
    ••• Dog run sign, Christopher Morley Park, Long Island, NY. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    Summer is also a great time to take your furry friend out for a walk. Read about Dog Runs on Long Island where you and Fido can meet other dogs and their people while getting some exercise.
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    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• The Port Washington Organic Farmers Market. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    Every Saturday from the beginning of June through the end of October, you can stroll through Port Washington's Town Dock to buy a variety of freshly-picked fruits and vegetables, delicious baked goods and more. Read more about the Port Washington Organic Farmers Market....

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    Go Shopping!

    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• Chico's, Tanger Outlets, Riverhead. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
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