Last Hurrah: Final Summer Destinations

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As summer comes to a close, so do many of the activities that define a classic Long Island summer. There are a few more weeks before school starts again and these attractions close for the season. Here are some destinations to help you get in a last minute day or weekend trip.

Kayaking in the Hudson River

The best view of the New York City skyline is from the water! This activity is free in multiple locations in the city, including Pier 96, Pier 84 and Pier 26. Different rules and open times apply to the different piers, but they are all open and available to kayak at until about mid-October, weather permitting. Lessons are available for novices.

Visit www.hudsonriverpark.org, or call 212-757-0981 for more specific information.

Visiting Belmont Park

American Pharoah at Belmont (Photo by Joe Labozzetta)

Head over to Elmont for the horse races for another great summer experience. The next races occur on Sept. 7 and will continue until the end of the month with the last races on Sept. 30. Gates open at 11:30 a.m., and first post is at 1:30 p.m. Elegant attire is encouraged but not enforced, depending on where the seats are located. Tickets can start as low as $5 for general admission seats. The park is located at 2150 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont.

Go to www.nyra.com/belmont for more information and to purchase tickets, or call 716-641-4700. Be sure to check the weather and be prepared before making your way to the tracks.

Ferry to Fire Island

While it never technically “closes,” the best time to visit Fire Island is between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Filled with beaches, bars and shops, this car-free island is only accessible by ferry, or by foot from Robert Moses State Park, and provides a peaceful getaway and a “back-to-basics mentality.” While Fire Island can be a little bit on the pricier side, the beautiful views and fun experiences are well worth it. Go for the day or rent a house or hotel room for the weekend trip; no matter what, you will leave the island feeling refreshed.

Go to www.fireisland.com for information on booking trips, ferry stops and things to do on the island.

A Day on the East End

For the of-drinking-age community looking for something to do, Clovis Point Winery in Jamesport can offer a great day of anything from yoga in the vineyards (complete with a complimentary glass of wine), or an evening of live music and wine tastings. Located at 1935 Main Rd., Jamesport, the winery has beautiful views of their vineyards, and open spaces to gather, drink and enjoy the day. Tastings range from $16 to $31, depending on how many wines are sampled. Make sure to assign a designated driver before getting too carried away in the fun and drinks, or else take advantage of the North Fork Link to get around and book a bed and breakfast.

Visit www.clovispointwines.com, or 631-722-4222 for more information on events, tastings and Clovis Point’s available wines.

Adventureland

Adventureland Amusement Park, located at 2245 Broad Hollow Rd., Farmingdale, will start to shut down starting in September, moving from being open every day to open only on the weekends with condensed hours until Oct. 28. While entering the park is free, in order to ride the rides, tickets or wristbands are necessary. Single tickets cost $1.50 each, but it costs three to five tickets per ride, so typically wristbands are a better bang for your buck. Wristbands cost $32.99 per person, and grants all access to unlimited rides for the day. With rides from the Musik Express to the Turbulence Coaster, there is something for everyone.

More information is available at www.adventureland.us or by calling 631-694-6868.

Winding down the summer is never fun, especially for students returning to school, but adding some of these activities and places to visit to your end of August itinerary, the dog days of summer can still be made exciting and memorable for years to come.

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