Spring has finally sprung in the northeast region, can I get a Hallelujah? If you are like me, you’re always looking for fun and interesting things to do that hopefully won’t break the bank. While New York may be known for the hustle and bustle of Manhattan and all of the popular tourist sites, if you travel 45 minutes east of Manhattan, you will find yourself in the suburbs of Long Island. There are lots of interesting sites to see on Long Island as well, such as mansions, museums, vineyards, wineries and so much more. Here are four options to consider this spring:
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- Visit one of our beaches. While it’s still a little too cool to go swimming in the ocean here in New York, I do love the peace and tranquility the beach has to offer. Try taking a walk on the beach to watch the sun rise or set, listen to the waves and breathe in the ocean air. Or check out the boardwalk either at Jones Beach or Long Beach. Both offer a nice place to ride your bicycle, jog or walk – all while enjoying the scenic backdrop of the ocean. In addition, there are lots of places to dine and you may even find an unexpected craft fair for your shopping pleasure.
- Have you heard about the Lighthouses on Long Island? They are symbolic landmarks and we have more than ten, each one adding to Long Island’s historic heritage. While enjoying the scenery of the island, put one of the following lighthouse locations on your list of must-see sites: Fire Island Lighthouse, Horton Point, Huntington Harbor, Little Gull Island, Montauk Lighthouse or Plum Island, just to name a few.
- Enjoy an afternoon of delicious outdoor dining this spring at some favorite Long Island seafood restaurants like: Louie’s Oyster Bar in Port Washington, EB Elliott’s in Freeport, Orient By the Sea Marina and Restaurant in Orient, or Hurricane Alley at the Montauk Yacht Club Resort and Marina in Montauk.
- Admire the beautiful floral displays in full bloom at the Baily Arboretum in Lattingtown, Clark Botanic Garden in Albertson or the Hofstra Arboretum on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead.
So if Old Man Winter has left you with cabin fever, it’s time to get out and take advantage of the beautiful spring weather. The next time you find yourself visiting New York City, hop on the Long Island Expressway eastbound and see what Long Island has to offer. You’ll be glad that you did!