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New Year's Day on Long Island, NY - 2014

- Things to do in Nassau and Suffolk on the first of the year

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Now that you've had a great evening celebrating New Year's Eve on Long Island, it's time for you and yours to look for something special to do on the first day of the new year. Here are some suggestions for places to go and things to do on Long Island, New York on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

To see where to go and what to do for the rest of January 2013, please see January Calendar of Events on Long Island.

If you have any more suggestions for this list, please contact me at longisland@aboutguide.com. Thanks in advance.

Note: This page is updated every year, usually a week or two before the actual date.

1. Annual New Year's Day Seal Walk at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center

From 1:30 to 3 p.m. on New Year's Day, enjoy a 1 1/2 hour program centering around the seals that visit our area each winter. Remember to dress warmly for this hike. $4 fee per person, and children under 3 may come along for free.

The walk starts at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center at Jones Beach State Park.

Advance reservations are required. You may reserve as early as two weeks in advance by calling (516) 785-3614 or (516) 780-3295.

2. Camp Hero State Park - First Day Hike

Starting at 1 p.m., enjoy a New Year's Day hike of approximately two to three hours. Join a park naturalist on this scavenger hunt-like hike through Camp Hero. Learn about several local plants and animals. While walking downtown, hear about the history of the buildings and Camp Hero's beginnings.

Hikers meet at the Camp Hero parking lot, located at the bluff (NOT the radar tower.) Please remember to wear warm clothing and comfortable shoes.

Parking is free. Program fee: $4 for adults, $4 for children 3-17, children under three: free.

Registration is required. Please call (631) 668-5000 to register or for more information.

3. Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center

Atlantis Marine World Coral Reef
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center (formerly Atlantis Marine World), 431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY, (631) 208-9200, is open 363 days of the year. ((In case you're wondering, it's closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.) So it'll be open on January 1, 2014 and you and your whole family can spend hours exploring the world of marine creatures, including a live shark tank, Touch Tanks where the kids can see live fish and more up close.

4. The Big Duck

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Although this whimsical building that's shaped like a duck isn't open all the time, it's FREE to drive up to it and give the kids a gander at this big bird. (Sorry about the bad puns!) The Big Duck is located on Route 24, Flanders, New York. If you want to know when they're open so you can go inside to buy Long Island-related items and duck-a-bilia, please call (631) 852-8292.

5. What's Open in Long Island Wine Country?

Most of the wineries are closed, but a few will be open on New Year's Day:
  • Clovis Point Wines, Jamesport, NY, (631) 722-4222, will be open from 12 noon to 5:30 p.m.
  • Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY, (631) 298-0075, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Pindar Vineyards, 37645 Main Road (Route 25), Peconic, New York, (631) 734-6200, will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

6. New Year's Day Nature Hike and Lighthouse Tower Tour

At the Fire Island Lighthouse. Meet at Robert Moses State Park field 5 at 10 a.m. for a one-hour guided walk around the western end of the National Seashore. If you have binoculars, it's a good idea ton ring them. Walk: FREE. If you want to do the tower tour, it's $6 per person.

Reservations are required. Please call (631) 661-4876.

7. Long Island Roadside Attractions

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
In addition to the Big Duck, there are a number of great attractions that you can drive up to any day of the year on Long Island. Read about them here....

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