State Parks in Your Backyard!

Did you know that out of the 180 state parks in New York, 24 of them are located on Long Island? State Parks are a great way to get out with the family or friends and have a day surrounded by nature and taking in the natural beauty of the great outdoors. How many of these parks have you visited?

Bethpage State Park
99 Quaker Meetinghouse Road, Farmingdale
Fee: $8 per car

Hempstead Lake State Park
Off the Southern State Parkway in West Hempstead
Fee: $8 per car

Jones Beach State Park
2400 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
Fee: $10 per car during the week, $8 weekends and holidays

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park
1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay
Fee: $8 per car

Trail View State Park
Jericho Turnpike (Route 25), 1/4 mile west of Woodbury Road, Woodbury
Fee: No Fee 

Valley Stream State Park
Exit 15A, Southern State Parkway, Valley Stream
Fee: $8 per car

Belmont Lake State Park
Exit 38, Southern State Parkway, North Babylon
Fee: $8 per car

Brentwood State Park
375 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood 
Fee: No Fee

Caleb Smith State Park Reserve
Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown
Fee: No Fee

Camp Hero State Park
1898 Montauk Highway east to the end, Montauk
Fee: $8 per car

Captree State Park
Off Robert Moses Causeway, West Islip Captree Boat Basin
Fee: $8 per car

Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
25 Lloyd Harbor Road, West Neck Road north from Huntington Village, Lloyd Neck
Fee: $8 per car

Cold Spring Harbor State Park
Route 25A across from the harbor, Cold Spring Harbor
Fee: No Fee

Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Sunrise Highway, Oakdale
Fee: No Fee

Gov. Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow State Park
North End of the Sunken Meadow State Parkway, Kings Park
Fee: $10 per car, $8 weekends and holidays

Heckscher State Park
Southern State Parkway east to south end of Heckscher Parkway, East Islip
Fee: $8 per car

Hither Hills State Park
164 Old Montauk Highway (Route 27), 4 miles west of hamlet of Montauk
Fee: $10 per car

Montauk Downs State Park
50 S. Fairview Avenue, North of Route 27, Montauk
Fee: No Fee

Montauk Point State Park
2000 Montauk Highway, Route 27 East to end, Montauk
Fee: $8 per car

Nissequogue River State Park
799 Saint Johnland Road, Kingspark
Fee: $8 per car 

Orient Beach State Park
40000 Main Road, (Route 25), Orient
Fee: $10 per car

Robert Moses State Park
Sagtikos Parkway South to Robert Moses Causeway to western Fire Island
Fee: $10 per car

Shadmoor State Park
900 Montauk Highway, Montauk
Fee: No Fee

Wildwood State Park
790 Hulse Landing Road, north of Sound Avenue, Wading River
Fee: $10 per car

Thank you to Newsday for the original information. You can read more here.

Best Hiking Trails on Long Island

Summer is nearly here, which means getting out of the house and having some fun with friends and family in the sun. Want something to do other then go to a beach? How about hiking! It’s something fun that any age can do! Here are the best hiking trails on Long Island (that are family friendly): 

Connetquot River State Park Preserve
4090 Sunrise Hwy., Oakdale (Open Wednesdays – Sundays)
Price: $8 Parking Fee

Sunken Forest National Park
Sayville Terminal, 41 River Rd. (Ferry ride to Sailors Haven, next to park)
Free Guided Tours are available Wednesdays through Sundays
Price: $13 adult ferry fee, $7.50 children younger then 11

Quogue Wildlife Refuge
3 Old Country Rd., East Quogue (Open Sunrise to Sunset Daily)
Stroller friendly
Price: Free

Sagamore Hill
20 Sagamore Hill Rd., Cove Neck (Open Sunrise to Sunset Daily)
Price: Trails are free, Museum $10 for ages 15+

Southhampton Trails
377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton
Price: Trails are free, Guided tours available, Museum $7 ages 12+, $5 ages 3-12

Blydenburgh County Park 
Northern Entrance is located at the end of New Mill Road, Hauppauge (Open Dawn to Dusk Daily)
Price: No Parking Fee on Northern Entrance 

Tackapausha Preserve 
2225 Washington Ave., Seaford (Open Sunrise to Sunset Daily) 
Price: Trails are free, Museum $3 for ages 13+, $2 for ages 5-12 and seniors, free for 4 and younger

Planting Field Arboretum State Historic Park
1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay (9AM-5PM Daily)
Price: $8 per carload

Richard D. Fowler Preserve
Wickapogue Rd., (East of Narrow Lane) Southhampton
Price: Free 

Downs Farm Preserve 
Route 25, Cutchogue (Open Dawn to Dusk Daily)
Stroller Friendly
Price: Free


Thank you to Newsday for the original information, You can read more here.

Autumn Festivals on Long Island 2016

Here is a list of fall festivals and fairs happening this upcoming autumn this year! Go out and have some family fun!

Long Island Family Festival
Tanner Park in Copaigue, Admission: free
September 16 (6-10pm), September 17 (11am-10pm), and September 18 (11am-6pm)

Pickle Festival
John Gardiner Farm in Greenlawn, Admission: $5 donation, free if younger than 12
September 17 (10am-4pm)

Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival
6 Bagatelle Rd. in Dixhills, Admission: free, fees apply for games and rides
Saturdays and Sundays through October 30 including Columbus Day (10am-6pm)

Dockside Family Festival
Captree State Park in Babylon, Admission: free, $8 parking fee
September 17 and 18 (11am-5pm)

Garlic Festival 
Garden of Eve Farm in Riverhead, Admission: $5, free if 6 and younger
September 17 and 18 (10am-6pm)

Hicks Nurseries Fall Festival
100 Jericho Tpke in Westbury, Admission: free, accepting non-perishable food donations
September 17 through October 30 (8am-6pm)

Fink’s Country Farm Fall Festival
6242 Middle Country Rd in Wading River, Admission: $15, free if 2 or younger
September 17 through October 30 (9:30am-5:30pm)

Cow Harbor Day
Northport Village Park in Northport, Admission: free, $30 pay-one-price rides
September 18 (11am-5pm)

Fall Festival at Dees’ Nursery
69 Atlantic Ave in Oceanside, Admission: free, small fee for crafts and activities
Every weekend in October including Oct. 10, and excluding halloween weekend (11am-5pm)

East End Marine Festival
Village of Greenport, Admission: free
September 23 (6:30pm-9pm), 24 (10am-5pm), and 25 (9am-5pm)

Fish Hatchery Fall Fair
Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium in Cold Spring Harbor, Admission: $6, $4 for ages 3-12 and 65 and older
September 24 (10am-4:30pm)

Harvest Fair
Rogers Mansion in Southhampton, Admission: free
September 24 (starts at 11am)

Valley Stream Community Fest
Rockaway Ave in Valley Stream, Admission: free
September 24 (10am-5pm)

Family Festival by the Sea
630 Lido Blvd in Lido Beach, Admission: free
September 24 and 25 (11am-6:30pm)

Queens County Fair
Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park, Admission: $10, #5 for ages 12 and younger
September 24 and 25 (11am-6pm)

Long Island Fair
Old Bethpage Restoration in Old Bethpage, Admission: $12, $8 for ages 5 to 12
September 30 to October 2 (10am-5pm)

Fall Farm Festival at White Post Farms
White Post Farms in Melville, Admission: $19
Weekends starting September 24 through October 30 (10am-4pm)

Long Island Apple Festival
Sherwood-Jayne House in Setauket, Admission: $7, $5 for children and seniors
September 25 (11am-4:30pm)

Long Island Potato Festival
Elks Lodge in Southhampton, Admission: $20, free for ages 12 and younger
September 25 (11am-4pm)

Suffolk County Farm in Yaphank, Admission: $12, Free for ages 3 and younger
October 1 and 2 (11am-5pm)

San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons
Hampton Bays Rail Road Station in Hampton Bays, Admission: free
October 1 (10am-10pm), October 2 (10am-8pm)

Fall Harvest Festival 
Brightwaters Farm in Bayshore, Admission: $10, free for ages 1 and younger
October 1 through October 30 (9am-5pm)

Long Island Fall Festival
Heckscher Park in Huntington, Admission: free
October 7 (5pm-10pm), October 8 and 9 (11am-9pm), October 10 (11am-5pm)

Fall Harvest Festival 
Mill Neck Manor House in Mill Neck, Admission: $15 a vehicle
October 8 and 9 (9am-5pm)

Montauk Fall Festival
Village Green, Admission: free
October 8 and 9 (11am-5pm)

Barnyard Adventure and Fall Festival at Harbes Family Farm
Harbes Farm in Mattituck, Admission: $7.95 on weekdays, $12.95 weekends
Late September to the end of October (9am-6pm)

Harvest Festival
Bennett’s Farm in East Setauket, Admission: $8, $6 for ages 12 and younger
October 9 (12pm-4pm)

Crestwood’s Fall Fair and Open House
313 Round Swamp Road in Melville, Admission: free
October 15 (11am-3pm)

Rolling River Fall Festival
477 Ocean Ave in East Rockaway, Admission: free
October 15 (12pm-4pm)

Oyster Festival
West End Ave in Oyster Bay, Admission: free
October 15 and 16 (11am-6pm)

Great Jack-O-Latern Spectacular Sail
Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, Admission: free
October 29 (3pm-6:30pm)

Spooky Fest
Tanglewood Preserve in Rockville Centre, Admission: your choice of $10 or $15
October 15 through October 30 weekends (6:30pm-9:30pm)

Center Moriches Fall Festival
Center Moriches, Admission: free
October 15 (9am-6pm)

Huntington Historical Society Apple Festival
434 Park Ave in Huntington, Admission: free
October 16 (12pm-4pm)

Village Day Fall Festival
Sandy Point Preserve in Sands Point, Admission: $20 per vehicle, or $10 with season pass
October 16 (1pm-4pm)

West Hills Fall Festival
21 Sweet Hollow Road in Huntington, Admission: free
October 22 (11am-3pm)

Thank you to Newsday for the original information, you can read more here.