Long Island Travel Guide

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    A common Long Island flower.
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Long Island Things to Do

  • Clark Botanical Gardens

    This privately run garden is a delight. It is free and has a variety of gardens and trails for the enthusiast to enjoy. There are several ponds, a rose garden, ornamental garden and childrens garden. One can also fine a variety of trees and plants from North America and around the world. Look for Pandas in the gardens patch of Bamboo. (Kidding, no...

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  • Aquarium - The Birds and Butterflies

    A 5000 sq ft exhibit is also part of the POP package, comprised of a butterfly room, a bird room, and most conspicuously a large gift shop. Opened with great fanfare concurrent with the new Hyatt East End Hotel next door ( of which it may actually be a part ), it originally featured up to 5000 butterflies and loads of birds. There are a lot less...

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  • Aquarium - $6 Extra

    The POP ticket allows for additional activities for the above fee ---- 1 - A $5 voucher for tickets for the game arcade, a collection of games of chance and minimal skill is pretty poor repair at which the prizes are worth far less than the cost of the tickets. Getting the kids out of here from the original investment is of course close to...

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  • Aquarium - Otter Falls

    Two North American river otters, named PB and J, must be among the happiest residents of the Long Island Aquarium. With a 1500 sq ft enclosure featuring two waterfalls and a pond as well as hiding places, they sit in the sun for a while grooming and then go for a swim. River otters, but not sea otters, have playful behavior in the water - one can...

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  • Aquarium - Penguin Pavilion

    Another unanticipated group of residents is the African Penguin contingent, also housed in the ruins of Atlantis. Continuing the theme set by the snow monkeys, these birds were raised in captivity and imported illegally into the United States. When the US Fish and Wildlife Service was stuck with them, they certainly knew where to call - welcome to...

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  • Aquarium - Meet the Gay Monkeys

    The outdoor exhibits at the aquarium are a much less cohesive and integrated group, to say the least. The most unanticipated display was the remnants of the Atlantis City architecture populated by three snow monkeys, more properly known as Japanese macaques. These primates are well suited to the New York weather - Japanese macaques live farther...

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Long Island Restaurants

  • The Best Seafood

    This restaurant is a landmark on Long Island. This year, they are celebrating 50 years in business. The food is excellent and the ambience homey. Service is very good and on weekends, when its most busy, reservations are virtually mandatory. There is valet parking. My favorites seafood is Alaskan King Crab legs. I had these for my birthday and...

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  • consistent excellence in seafood

    CLOSED - SOLD THE LAND TO TD BANK FOR A BLOODY FORTUNE. ALLEGEDLY TO REOPEN IN THE SPACE FORMERLY OCCUPIED BY TRATA IN ROSLYN --- CHECK IT OUT. Located about as far from the shoreline as one can be on Long Island, Riverbay has for many years provided an excellent dining experience. Under the same ownership as a tony upscale North Shore steakhouse,...

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  • Hamptons Chic

    An upscale predominantly Italian restaurant just north of the Southhampton Village is owned by Gabby Karan, daughter of designer Donna Karan. Set in a white building with the restaurant name indicated only be a blackboard on a bench in front, Tutto il Giorno is soooo typical of upscale Italian restaurants on the Hamptons. The crowd is hip although...

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Long Island Nightlife

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    This is where I lost the bet and watched the Simpsons 300th.

    The are your typical neighborhood bar with a pool table in the back that kept us busy until the Simpson's 300th episode distracted me. I can't believe they did 300 way back in 2003 more than five years ago.

    Come here and enjoy the whole environment. Good drinks (I had only 1) and friends and it was a great time. Until I had to clean off the snow from the car and drive in it.

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Long Island Transportation

  • Pretty amazing ferry

    There are a few different ways to ferry into Long Island....for me the closest way was from New London, Connecticut. Interesting town, New London. Home of the submarine building facility... and lots of commercial buildings and boats around the ferry dock. Many marine activities and various types of nautical transportation available here. The men...

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  • To and From the Airport

    If you can, avoid taking a car service. It's way expensive. It could range anywhere between $75 and $90 without tip included. So altogether it could be over $100! Try to get someone to drop you off at the airport and pick you up. I wound up paying for the car service because my flights were delayed and I was coming and going at odd times. You can...

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  • Car

    A car will get you and your group around rather well. Being out in the suburbs most of Long Island can be pretty rural. It is a rare event where you can walk where you're going, especially for the visitor.

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Long Island Shopping

  • Fresh Seafood - Very Fresh

    A small white cottage with a gravel parking lot houses this Hamptons institution. You will have to wait for a parking spot ( and often just to get into the lot ) and the queue snakes outside the door, but the reward is the freshest fish around. What you buy was inside the fish ten minutes before, the single small room containing not only the sales...

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  • Largest mall in New York State!

    Roosevelt field mall is likely to have any store you need. It's in the prime location of Garden City which is near both the 495 highway and the northern state. It caters to just about any shopper as it has cheap to expensive stores. It has all the stores you can think of from Macy's to Banana Republic to J Crew to Tourneau to smaller specialty...

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  • shops in Greenport

    I poked in an antique shop, health food store, gift shop...there is plenty to keep you busy for a while. They have a Starbucks on this street as well. If you have time before taking the ferry to Fire Island...wander the little shops of Greenport.

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Long Island Local Customs

  • The Insanity That Is July 4 Weekend

    As a summer destination ( we love the Hamptons in the winter when nobody is there ), all the stops are pulled out for the major three day weekends. Here some examples of the excesses of the weekend.Image 1 - Hampton Bays pulls out the trucks and the flag for the holiday, as well as the donation cups for those driving through. Ties up traffic...

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  • Amagansett Farmer's Market

    This iconic gathering place in Amagansett has been around since the 1950's and is THE gathering place for weekend breakfast. Less a farmer's market than a convenience store featuring upscale items - probably every designer mustard and squash from the entire world, along with overpriced deli products, fruit, and prepared food - part of the...

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Long Island Warnings and Dangers

  • Deer and Lyme Disease

    Lyme Disease is a debilitating infectious illness caused by a tick borne bacteria causing rash, joint pains and arthritis, fever, and occasionally severe neurologic disorders. The ticks are carried by deer. Long before the illness was named after a town in Connecticut, it was known as "Hamptons Elbow", after the joint often affected by this...

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  • Blood Suckers:Ticks and Mosquitoes

    During the summer months, if you are hiking or doing any kind of outdoor activity where these critters may be present, take adequate precautions. For mosquitoes, apply repellent. For ticks, wear socks over pants and check each other upon returning indoors.

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  • Getting Lost

    If driving around on your own, it is advisable to use a good road map. In some areas, such as out in Suffolk County, it is easy to get lost if you do not know where you're going. Signs are not alway easy to see, especially at night.

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Long Island Tourist Traps

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    by Bigs Written Sep 12, 2002

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    There is really nothing happing outside the holiday season...If you like to have this part of America for yourself it´s the perfect time!

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Long Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Marine Nature Study Area

    This preserve on the south shore of long Island in the town of Oceanside is tricky to find. Please fund directions on website. This is a salt marsh that provides visitors to learn about the ecosystem and its wild inhabitants. On its 52 Acres, there are paths and boardwalks where one can birdwatch and enjoy nature. The buildings adjacent to the...

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  • Scenes along the road...

    I've included several pics of the farm scenes along the way in North Fork. I never tire of seeing these peaceful landscapes. There are Montauk daisies everywhere!

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  • Nassau County Museum of Art

    This little museum in the town of Roslyn is a gem for museum and art afficienados. It has exhibits of 19th and 20th century American and European Art in a variety of medium. There are also special exhibits that are presented several times a year. Examples of past shows include Napolean and the Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt. Also on the...

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Long Island Sports & Outdoors

  • 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!

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  • Birdwatching

    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...

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  • 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...

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Long Island Favorites

  • Immigration changed things...

    Hallockville is in the heart of Long Island's farmland. It dates to 1765, but the house was significantly enlarged and updated in the 1800's. The Hallock family owned and occupied a number of homes and properties along the road here until the family died off and there was massive immigration from Poland early in the century. A map shows the names...

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  • choose your favorite farm stand

    Roasted corn seems to be a specialty altho I didn't try it. Loaded up with apples and veggies for the trip home. good stuff. Fabulous deals on mums if I hadn't already planted a ton of them for our house tour in September. Each stand was more interesting than the one before. I couldn't stop my car often enough to take all the pictures I wanted to...

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  • Lighthouses & other beauties along the...

    If you are a lighthouse lover, you'll really be excited about this ferry ride. One after another great houses and lighthouses mark the voyage. Enough to keep your camera clicking and no time to be bored.

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