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Spring Fun on Long Island, NY.

Where to go and what to do on Long Island in the spring


Now that winter is finally over, it's time to go outdoors and enjoy all the wonderful activities and venues that Long Island has to offer. From outdoor gardens filled with colorful blossoms to beautiful beaches boasting boardwalks and much more, read about some of the great things to do with your family and friends on Long island in the springtime.

1. Visit Long Island's Beaches

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

It's still too cold to swim, but you can walk on sugar-fine sands and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Or spend some time exploring boardwalks, like the ones at Long Beach or Jones Beach.

2. Long Island Public Golf Courses

With its gently rolling hills and sprawling, flat landscapes, Long Island is a great place to play golf. There are many private and public courses throughout the Island. Here is a sampling of ten public golf courses on Long Island.

3. Discovery Wetlands Cruises

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

Explore the wetlands of Long Island on a guided nature cruise from May through October.

4. Gardens on Long Island

Old Westbury Gardens
Photo © Old Westbury Gardens

As flowers burst into bloom, spring is a wonderful time to stroll through Long island's many gardens.

5. Bird Watching on Long Island

Palm warbler at the Garden City Bird Sanctuary
Photo © The Garden City Bird Sanctuary

Bird watching is a popular hobby on Long Island. With over 400 species of birds, including shorebirds and winter waterfowl, Long Island is home or haven to majestic ospreys, plovers, egrets, double-crested cormorants, a variety of songbirds, hawks, falcons, red cardinals and more. Read about some of the places where you can observe a variety of these feathered flyers.

6. The Big Duck

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

Any time of year is a great time to visit Long Island's favorite big bird. Children and adults all love this building that once was home to two brothers who sold real Long Island ducks. Now, you'll find "duck-a-bilia" and Long Island souvenirs for sale inside, as well as tourist information.

7. Have A Spring Wedding on Long Island

Photo © Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate
Photo © Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate

Spring is a wonderful time to tie the knot. From wonderful Long Island wedding venues including mansions and even an aquarium, to Long Island Wine Country Weddings, the island offers many romantic as well as unique places to celebrate your wedding.

You can also read about real weddings shared by our readers at My Long Island Wedding.

8. Start Thinking About That Summer Hamptons Rental

Main Beach, East Hampton, NY
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

Are you a great fan of the East End? Now's a good time to start thinking about that summer rental in the Hamptons. Take the advice of a seasoned real estate agent who offers tips for scoring a good place to spend the summer at How To Find Summer Rentals in the Hamptons.

9. Explore Long Island Lighthouses

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

Long Island, NY features many historic lighthouses, including one commissioned by George Washington. In fact, Suffolk County boasts the most lighthouses of any county in the United States. Read about some of these impressive, soaring structures that grace the shores of the island and are open to the public.

10. Take A Walking Tour of Long Island's Neighborhoods

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

From Oyster Bay, once home to Teddy Roosevelt's "Summer White House," to Lloyd Neck where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie once rented a luxurious estate, Long Island's neighborhoods offer great scenery and attractions. Read about walking and driving tours at:

11. Dine at Long Island Restaurants

Bolanee (potato leek turnovers) at Ariana Restaurant, Huntington, NY
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

From seafood restaurants to outdoor dining, vegetarian options, Long island offers a wealth of restaurants for different tastes and budgets.

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