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Winter Fun on Long Island

- Where to go and what to do on Long Island in the winter

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Although famed for its stunning stretches of powder fine sands,  Long Island, NY is also a winter wonderland. From cross country skiing to indoor and outdoor ice skating and even seal cruises, there's much to see and do on Long Island in winter.

1. Cross Country Skiing in Nassau County

Photo © iStockphoto
Photo © iStockphoto

You don't need to travel far to enjoy skiing. If you've tried cross country skiing or it's always been on your "to do" list, then get out your gear and go to one of these wide open spaces in Nassau County, Long Island, NY. Read more....

2. Ice Skating Rinks on Long Island

You can glide along on ice skates at a number of outdoor rinks. At other times, Long Island offers indoor skating rinks for those who can't get enough of this sport. Read more.....

3. Winter Golf in Nassau County

If you're a golfer who can brave the cold, Nassau County has some great golf courses for you despite the winter season. Read more...

4. Watch a New York Islanders Hockey Game

Photo © NY Islanders
Photo © NY Islanders
Watch Long Island's professional hockey team, the New York Islanders, as they compete with other teams the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Read more....

5. Go on a Seal Cruise

Photo © Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation
Photo © Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation

The Riverhead Foundation offers seal cruises on the Captain Lou Fleet. Starting out in Freeport, you'll cruise through Hempstead Bay in search of harbor seals and other winter visitors to the area. Read more about seal cruises with the Riverhead Foundation...

6. Watch The Annual Long Beach Polar Bears Super Bowl Splash

Watch people jump into the cold Atlantic Ocean every Super Bowl Sunday as the Long Beach Polar Bears Super Bowl Splash raises money for charity. Or maybe you'd like to join them in an icy dip. Read more about the annual Long Beach Polar Bears Super Bowl Splash.

7. Hamptons Restaurant Week

Photo © Robin Saidman/red/bar brasserie
Photo © Robin Saidman/red/bar brasserie

Each year in March, just as winter is slowly ending, Hamptons Restaurant Week offers upscale dining at bargain prices. In addition to prix fixe menus at participating restaurants throughout the Hamptons, there are also discounted accommodations and spa treatments at a variety of venues. Read more about Hamptons Restaurant Week...

8. Go Shopping.... Indoors

Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
Long Island offers a wealth of shopping opportunities from malls like the Americana Manhasset to other shopping malls and outlets in Nassau County as well as shopping in Suffolk at places like the sprawling Tanger Outlets. Looking for values? Then check out some of the many Long Island thrift shops,

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