As the spring season shifts into high gear and the weather gets warmer as the days become longer, there will be plenty to do on Long Island to celebrate the ending of a long and cold winter. Long Island is home to numerous parks, preserves and recreational areas where a variety of these fun-filled activities can be found and enjoyed by family and friends of all ages.
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Located on the North Shore peninsula of Lloyd Harbor and 1750-acres, Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve offers countless animal and plant species, endless hiking trails and magnificent beachfront scenery. Visitors of the park have the opportunity to bike, hike, fish and participate in educational tours and recreational programs.
The Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center may also be visited for horseback riding, pony riding lessons and polo. So come and explore vast meadows, woodland trails or rocky beach front at this scenic preserve.
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
For Long Islanders who love to appreciate the beautiful flowers and plants that spring has to offer, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay is a great option. Visitors can explore the 409-acre Gold Coast estate and its historic building and landscapes. Planting Fields offers unique seasonal displays in its Main Greenhouse and Camelia Greenhouse. For history buffs, Planting Fields offers historic tours of building and landmarks on the property, including Coe Hall, a Tudor Revival mansion showcasing artistry and craftsmanship in its wood and stone carvings.
Bethpage State Park
While Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale is best known for its five world-class, world-renowned golf courses, hosting more than 200,000 rounds of golf per year, there are also plenty of other activities for visitors to enjoy as spring is in full swing. The park also offers designated picnic areas, playing fields, playgrounds and grilling areas. Visitors can also explore nature trails and biking paths and play tennis. So whether you play a round of golf or tennis, meet up for a pick-up soccer match, or take the kids out for a day at the playground, make a visit to Bethpage State Park this spring.
Sunken Meadow State Park
For those who love shoreline views and spending a day on the beach, Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park is a great option as the springtime days get warmer. Sunken Meadow offers one the most stunning views of the Long Island Sound from its North Shore beachfront, turning it into a summer hot spot as well.
The park is a perfect place to spend the day, as it offers a wide variety of outdoor activities including biking, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, hiking, stand-up paddle boarding, and windsurfing. Picnicking, grilling and playground areas are also accessible, along with playing fields and a designated dog walk trail. With all it has to offer and warmer months approaching, Sunken Meadow is certainly worth a visit.