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11. Free Concerts

Free concerts in Montauk
Photo © Karin Wanag/Montauk Chamber of Commerce

Long Island is home to many free concerts. The Steinway & Sons Piano Gallery of Long Island in Melville is a showroom for the legendary instruments, and they also offer free concerts in their recital space.

Throughout the island during the warmer months, there are FREE Summer Concerts on Long Island.

Check my longisland.about.com home page and  Special Events & Festivals on Long Island for listings throughout the year.

12. Stroll Through An Outdoor Sculpture Park

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

The Nassau County Museum of Art's Sculpture Park features over 50 sculptures by artistic luminaries like Botero, Calder and more, all displayed outdoors on the museum's sprawling property. The Nassau County Museum of Art is located on One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor. Call (516) 484-9337 or visit the Nassau County Museum of Art.

The museum's 145 acres also include marked nature trails through the woods, so you can take a leisurely hike through the greenery. (On weekends, you’ll have to pay a minimal charge to park your car in their lot. There is also a fee for entering the museum building.)

13. Grumman Memorial Park

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

Grumman Memorial Park, located in Calverton, celebrates the many years that the Grumman Corporation (now the Northrop Grumman Corporation) had a Long Island presence. See actual planes like the F-14A Tomcat and the A-6E Intruder, all for free. Read more about Grumman Memorial Park...

 

14. Free Seminars & Workshops

Photo © Hicks Nurseries
Photo © Hicks Nurseries
Hicks Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, offers free gardening seminars and workshops. Call (516) 334-0066 for more information.

Most local libraries offer free events where you can discuss books or learn about a variety of topics.

Need to brush up on your digital skills for the Mac? Apple Stores offer free workshops on several programs. Reserve in advance or just drop in at the Apple Store Manhasset, (516) 734-2420, Apple Store Roosevelt Field, (516) 248-3347 or the Apple Store Walt Whitman,(631) 425-1563.

15. Free Author Talks and Children's Book Events

Bookshops like Book Revue and Barnes & Noble feature regularly scheduled talks and book signings by authors.

In addition to books signings for adults, Book Revue features a weekly Toddler Time every Tuesday at 11 a.m. where children can listen to stories, create crafts and sing and dance.The programs are FREE and there's no need to register.

Also, during the summer, bring a blanket or a folding chair, sit back and listen to four athors or poets read from their works at the annual Summer Gazebo Readings on Monday evenings in Oceanside. More info: summergazeboreadings.blogspot.com

Also check my Long Island blog and my Monthly Calendars of Events on Long Island for updates on free events.

16. Bank of America - Museums on Us® program

Old Westbury Gardens
Photo © Old Westbury Gardens

If you have a Bank of America ATM, credit or check card, you can take advantage of the Museums on Us® program. On the first full weekend of every month, just show your card for free general admission to over 100 museums across the country.  On Long Island, you can visit the following museums for free on select dates:

  • The Long Island Children's Museum
  • Old Westbury Gardens
  • The Parrish Art Museum
  • The Long Island Museum of Art, History and Carriages

17. Learn About DNA

Photo © iStockPhoto
Photo © iStockPhoto
Interested in the story of genes? Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory's Dolan DNA Learning Center, 334 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, offers some free programs to the public. The Genes We Share exhibition tells the story of the human genome and the Long Island Discovery Multimedia Presentation gives a fascinating look at the history of the people, places and events that shaped Long Island. (In addition to these free programs, there are other programs with an admission fee at the center.)

For more information and hours, please go to Dolan DNA Learning Center or call (516)367-5170.

18. More Free Science Programs

The Brookhaven National Laboratory Science Museum offers free programs to Scouts, enrichment programs, science clubs and camps. The museum's programs are suited to students in the first grade through eighth grade. The museum is wheelchair accessible. For more information and to learn how to make reservations for your group, please go to Brookhaven Laboratory Science Museum or call (631)344-4495.

19. And MORE Free Science

The Museum of Long Island Natural Science is located in the Earth & Space Science Building at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY. The museum features exhibits on the geological history of Long Island, Long Island's freshwater, Long Island Sound, and geologic time. The William Crane Collection includes a collection of mostly local insects and a herbarium of Long Island flora. For more information and hours, please visit the Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences or call (631) 632-8230.

20. Free Kids' Workshops at Home Depot Stores

From projects like building a bird feeder to a do-it-yourself fire truck, kids can learn how to build things for FREE at Home Depot stores on Long Island. Read more about free kids' workshops at Home Depot stores....

21. Freecycle

The Freecycle Network is made up of groups around the world. It's a grassroots, nonprofit movement where people give away things for free if they don't need them any more. It's absolutely free to join. There are two Freecycle groups on Long Island: the Nassau County Freecycle Group and the Suffolk County Freecycle Group.

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22. Go Birdwatching on Long Island

Falcon
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
After you've seen the Big Duck, it's time to watch real bobolinks, ospreys, kestrels, hawks and more out in the wild at places like Garvies Point, Uplands Farm Nature Sanctuary and more. Many of the Long Island locations that are great birdwatching spots are free.

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