While New York City may be a maze of congested roadways and skyscrapers, Long Island offers the perfect escape from city life where you will find all kinds of adventurous outdoor activities.
Stretching nearly 120 miles from New York Harbor to Montauk Point, it is the longest island in the contiguous United States. Because of its sheer size, both in terms of area and population, knowing where to base yourself in Long Island is key.
Ideally located in the heart of Long Island, the area around Patchogue offers accommodation that will allow you to easily visit all the island has to offer.
Outdoor Activities on Long Island
Take to the Trees in The Adventure Park at Long Island
Channel your inner monkey at New York’s largest forest climbing park. The Adventure Park at Long Island offers 10 treetop trails with 15 zip lines and over 140 challenging bridges.
You will find courses with varying degrees of difficulty, making it possible to match one to your fitness level. Suitable for most of the family, the course is even available for magical nighttime bookings with colorful lights throughout the forest.
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Sunbathe on Beautiful Ponquogue Beach
You won’t find a better Long Island beach than Ponquogue Beach, which is located in the glamorous Hamptons. Enjoy a spacious beach with plenty of parking and great facilities.
You will find changing rooms, lifeguard towers, a snack shop and grill, and well kept public restrooms. Simply grab a day pass, rent a lounge chair, and come away with a bronze glow.
Explore the Nature and Wildlife of Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Offering miles of hiking trails during the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter, Connetquot River State Park Preserve is the perfect place to get back in tune with nature.
Big River Barn also offers horse riding tours through the park’s trails during all seasons. Along the trails, you may spot deer, opossums, ospreys, waterfowl, owls, and even bats as the day comes to an end.
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Skydive for the Best Aerial Views of Long Island
Head to the hamlet of Shirley on the south shore of Long Island for the ultimate adrenaline-pumping action.
Long Island Skydiving Center offers tandem skydiving for visitors wanting a literal bird’s-eye view of the stunning Atlantic coastline, Hampton beaches, and Fire Island.
Even if you’ve never jumped before, they will have you prepped and ready to jump in around an hour. Their United States Parachute Association-rated instructors will give you as wild or as calm of a skydive experience as you wish.
Photo credit: Jon Roig
There may be a slight learning curve to flyboarding, but it is an experience you won’t soon forget. Fly through the air on a water jet-propelled hoverboard connected to a personal watercraft.
Enjoy thrilling 10-60 minute fly time packages for yourself or see one of the professional flyboard shows complete with 80-foot high stunts and LED-suit night shows.
If this sounds a bit out of your league, they also rent paddleboards and kayaks to enjoy the waters off Long Island.
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