Summer Fun on Long Island
With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror and glorious weather back for good (we hope!), there can be no mistaking it: summer has finally arrived!
It’s gotten us thinking about all the fun stuff we want to do this summer, right here in our own home turf of Queens and Nassau counties. If you’re looking for some summer inspiration, why not try a few of these favorites?
Hit the Beach
Long Island is home to some of the best beaches you can find anywhere. Clean sand, wonderful breeze, beautiful views, and awesome waves abound—particularly along the barrier islands lining the South Shore. Long Beach, Jones Beach, Robert Moses State Park … no matter where you are on Long Island, you’re never that far from miles of glorious fun, sun, and waves.
Watch Some Whales
Several organizations along both the seaside and the soundside provide chartered boats for aquatic mammal watching. You just missed “seal season,” which tends to end around April. No matter, though, since the whales tend to love the mid-to-late summer, particularly July and August. Despite living on the edge of the world’s greatest metropolis, something about these majestic creatures still takes our breath away.
Go for a Run, Hike, or Bike Ride
Long Island is crisscrossed by dozens of parks, trails, boardwalks, and other great routes to go for a run, hike, or bike ride. Bethpage State Park has a pair of well-known trails (one for mountain biking, and one paved). Jones Beach has a popular route as well, and the connecting boardwalk permits bicycles if you ride safely. If you’re a hiker looking for a bit more challenge, try Cold Spring Harbor State Park. Great views of the harbor, steep hills, and it’s even pet-friendly!
Take in a Show
Not that Broadway is that far away, of course, but you still don’t have to take a train into the city to enjoy a top-notch, professional performance! Long Island is home to dozens of great venues for local theatre. The John W. Engeman Theatre in Northport is one of the best, with Broadway-caliber talent lighting up the stage in an intimate setting—with plush, stadium-style seating! Currently, you can see “Singing in the Rain” through July 1. Productions of Newsies and Shrek the Musical follow later this summer.
Go to the U.S. Open—Tennis or Golf
Of course, the tennis U.S. Open is in Flushing every year, and while courtside seats during the championship rounds can get pricey, regular grounds passes will still allow you to see a lot of high-level tennis at an affordable rate. The tournament runs two weeks, starting August 27.
Before that, though, you’ll have the opportunity to watch the golf U.S. Open in person as well, starting June 14 at Shinnecock Hills in Suffolk County. It’s the fifth time overall that the storied course has hosted America’s championship, and the first U.S. Open on Long Island since 2009 at Bethpage Black.
Check Out an Art Museum
Again, Manhattan might hog all the glory with the Met, the MoMA, and the Guggenheim, but Long Islanders don’t have to settle for second-rate when it comes to awesome art institutions. We particularly love the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City, which features a stunning collection of works by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), the visionary Japanese-American sculptor and architect.
Of course, that’s not far from MoMA PS1, a unique and constantly evolving exhibition space dedicated to showcasing the newest and most experimental contemporary artists. Plus, for 10 consecutive Saturdays starting on June 30, it also doubles as NYC’s most celebrated outdoor dance party venue, complete with live music!
Explore a Classy Old Estate
If you’re a history fan—or you just like beautiful gardens and architecture—there are a couple of spots in Oyster Bay that you should check out. For starters, there’s Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the primary residence of Theodore Roosevelt from 1885 (well before his presidency began) until his death in 1919. Tickets to guided tours of the Theodore Roosevelt home itself are only $10, but quantities are limited. We recommend you reserve yours in advance, or get there before 10 a.m.
Not far from there, you can walk the Planting Field Arboretum State Historic Park, on what was once the 400-acre estate of Gilded Age executive William Robertson Coe. The grounds themselves (including two greenhouses) are accessible free of charge, less an $8 per car fee for parking. Admission to the 67-room mansion is just $5 per person.
Walk the Queens Jazz Trail
While New Orleans and even Manhattan’s 52nd Street get all fame and press, the borough of Queens has a comparably rich tradition in America’s indigenous music form. Louis Armstrong’s home in Corona is now a museum offering guided tours. Other jazz legends called the borough home, including Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, and Dizzy Gillespie. Although there’s no formal walking tour anymore, you can still stop by Flushing Town Hall and grab a map for some self-guided exploration.
Play a Little Soccer (or Fútbol, if You Prefer)
This one’s a plug from our very own Dr. Abrahamson, who has played and coached the beautiful game his entire life! (He was even the team podiatrist for St. John’s University’s men’s and women’s teams from 200-2006.) Soccer is great exercise and great fun. You can join a co-ed recreational adult league if you want some “official” structure, or just find a field somewhere with a few buddies—or your kids.
Make Sure Your Feet Are Up to the Challenge!
Summer is, for our money, the best time of the year. But if your feet are hurting, it isn’t very much fun at all!
If aching heels, bulging bunions, wobbly ankles, or any other foot or ankle concern is getting in the way of having a good time, stop by Aadvanced Footcare Associates today for a tune-up. Our whole team is 100% committed to getting you back on your feet as quickly as possible, using advanced technology and procedures when appropriate.
To schedule an appointment, just contact the office closest to you:
- Rego Park: (718) 896-4433
- Plainview: (516) 822-9595
- Flushing: (718) 969-2266