If you are looking to travel anywhere in New York, you have to visit Long Island. Here is a list of fun things to do on Long Island – at night, during the day, and in between.
7 Fun Things To Do On Long Island
Long Island, New York is a peninsula just east of New York City. Since it is so close to the ocean, there are lots of things to do that offer ocean views. This is a really fun place to spend a vacation. Let’s look at all the things you can do on Long Island.
Let’s look at the 3 top things to do at night and 4 fun things to do during the day.
Fun Things To Do On Long Island At Night
Long Island has a huge nightlife, full of drinks and dancing and shows! I’ll share just a few of my favorite things to do at night.
Take A Cruise
Take it from me, a dinner cruise is the most romantic way to spend an evening with someone you love. If you are in the area, you need to take a cruise with views of the Statue of Liberty. That is why I recommend Lady Liberty Cruises. They offer a 4-hour cruise that takes you right up to the beautiful statue. It starts at the Manhasset Bay Marina at 10 Matinecock Avenue in Port Washington
Enjoy A Romantic Dinner
If you prefer to spend a quiet meal on solid ground, there are a lot of beautiful and flavorful places to eat on Long Island. Since it is so close to the Atlantic Ocean, you should enjoy the fresh seafood.
If you love seafood but not everyone in your group enjoys it as much, then The Jolly Fisherman and Steakhouse is the perfect choice. It’s been family run for 55 years, and the food is the best on the island.
If you want the best fresh lobster that the locals rave about, then Louie’s Grill & Liquors is for you. It started as a shellfish bar on the barge in 1905. Today, it is known for scrumptious seafood that you can’t get anywhere else.
Watch A Show
There are plenty of places to catch on show on Long Island.
If you want a family-friendly show, definitely see what’s going on at the Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell. The Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell is a “free and family-friendly entertainment destination right on the 2-mile stretch of boardwalk along Long Island’s beautiful Jones Beach State Park, the Jones Beach Boardwalk Bandshell offers live entertainment all summer long from the region’s top performers and entertainers.”
While you are at Jones Beach, check out a show at the largest outdoor theaters in Long Island, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. It has a capacity of 5,000 people – so shows here feature acts like Joan Jett, Foo Fighters, and Little Big Town.
What To Do On Long Island During the Day
Yes, I kind of wrote this backwards. But now that we know what to do at night, let’s look at all the fun you can have during the day on Long Island.
Long Island is full of parks and places to hike. One must-see is the Sands Point Preserve on the original Guggenheim Estate. This is the place that inspired the Great Gatsby. It is a 216-acre park with mansions and opulent grounds.
If you enjoy bird watching, (especially waterfowl) then visit Oyster Bay. It’s home to a lot of winter waterfowl, including a wide variety of ducks.
Literary and history nerds alike will enjoy touring the birthplace of American poet Walt Whitman. There are tours, programs and other events constantly held on these historic grounds.
Spend Day At An Amusement Park
Adventureland is the most popular amusement park on Long Island. It has something for everyone. There are thrill rides and rides for the not-so-adventurous. Plus, plenty of games and food!
Relax On the Beach
Finally, your trip to Long Island isn’t complete without day at the beach! What are the best beaches on Long Island? Trip Savvy created the best list of beaches you’ll want to visit on your trip. No matter which list you read, every single one will lost two beaches: Coopers Beach and Jones Beach State Park. Put both of them on your itinerary.
Put these stops on your next Long Island trip itinerary. Pin this post to your travel board and make Long Island your next vacation spot.