Tons of boating on Long Island
Fishing is a big sport, of course...but tons of pleasure boats along the way as well. If you weren't looking at a winery it was a vegetable farm...interspersed with a boat or a waterway...an inlet or some little beach. Water all around. No wonder everything grows so well!
- Sailing and Boating
It may be considered a sport or a hobby, but Birdwatching is one of the most popular outdoor activities on Long Island. The entire island is located along the Atlantic Flyway, one of 3 that cut through North America. During Spring and Fall, during the Migrations, many species can be seen along with the residents. Waterbirds like ducks and geese to songbirds like warblers can be found in such popular locations such as Jones Beach and Jamaica Bay.
Some species like the Yellow Warbler (see picture) can be found year round in the right location. You can go alone or tag along with a local birding group. These may be free or require a small fee. Information can be obtained ahead of time by contact organizations such as the local chapter of the Audubon Society.
Equipment: A good pair of binoculars and sturdy walking shoes.
The Woods at Cherry Creek
The upscale Cherry Creek complex includes the Woods and the Links courses, set in the North Fork of Long Island near Riverhead. The more user friendly of the courses is the par 71 Woods, 6565 yards from the tips. The course is typical woodlands type with relatively narrow fairways lined by dense stands of trees. Water comes into play on half a dozen holes, but there are no forced carries. Bunkers penalize lousy shots but will only infrequently trap a well-played shot. The course is kept in very good shape for a daily-fee course.
There are several features which make this course a good choice. Greens fees with cart run up to $70 on weekend mornings, but internet coupons - call and ask to get on the list - can cut the cost to $40 on weekdays and $50 after 1 PM on weekends. Unlike most Long Island course, there are only 6 tee times per hour, not eight, so that one never feels rushed or has to wait to tee off. And there are no bag boys or other tip-grubbing creatures. You fetch your own cart and load it yourself.
The associated restaurant appears upscale with a full bar and tablecloth service.
The Links course across the street is a par 73 with a par 6 650 yard eighteenth hole and without a trace of shade. It lacks 2 essential features - wind and high rough, and is just a very hot way to spend an afternoon.
One of the best outdoor activities on Long Island is Sports Fishing. And one of the best places to go is Montauk Point on the east end of the island. Here, from April-September, one can go on one of several fishing boats. Either a party boat (up to 40 passengers) or a much smaller charter boat.
Party boats generally go after Fluke, Bluefish, Striped Bass or Flounder. But if its big game you want, one must check out the various charters for shark, marlin, tuna, etc.
So whether its a casual day out or a real adventure going for the big game, Montauk Point is the place to go.
NOTE: Charter Boats can be expensive. So its best if you go with a group of people and split the cost. Partyboats are cheaper and are more fun for the more casual fisherman.
Equipment: Fishing tackle and bait are supplied by the various operators. But you may, if you wish, bring your own.