Attractions




[+][-] Arts, Culture & History

African American Museum of Nassau County

The 6,000 square foot facility has rotating exhibits that showcase local and national African American artists. The museum is also home to the Africa Atlantic Genealogy Society, which provides workshops and individual research instruction in family genealogy.

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American Merchant Marine Museum

Explore our nation's life at sea. The American Merchant Marine Museum serves as a repository for the USMMA’s collection of marine art, ship models and historic items that represent our nation's rich seafaring heritage.

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Cedarmere

The seven-acre property overlooking Roslyn Harbor includes the home of renowned 19th-century poet, newspaper editor and civic leader William Cullen Bryant.

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Christopher Morley Knot Hole

This rustic cabin relocated to Christopher Morley park in Roslyn-North Hills was once the one room Roslyn studio of Morley, one of the 20th century’s foremost American men of letters.

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Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium has the largest collection of fresh water turtle, fish, and amphibians in New York State. They also have educational programs and exhibits year round.

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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

The world-renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a research facility with a focus on Cancer, neuroscience, bioinformatics, and plant biology. The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory also runs the Dolan DNA Center, which is the worlds first science center devoted to genetics education. The Dolan center has exhibitions that are open to the public.

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Cradle of Aviation

Long Island’s Cradle of Aviation museum showcases 100 years of Long Island’s aviation history with all kinds of interactive exhibits. See a replica of Charles Lindbergh’s “Spirit of St. Louis.” Discover Long Island’s role in World War II. And don't miss the aerospace park, filled with Long Island-related military aircraft, missiles, and a rare, original Apollo lunar module built by Grumman in Bethpage.

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Hicksville Gregory Museum

Located inside the Heitz place Courthouse, which was built in the 1890s. Collections are of minerals, fossils and butterflies.

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Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust. The center holds tolerance workshops that show the destructive power of prejudice, and other kinds of intolerance or hatred.

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Long Island Children’s Museum

The Long Island Children’s Museum is an interactive space that allows families to explore and learn together. The 40,000-square foot museum has 12 hands-on exhibits where children can interact with their environment and have fun learning. The museum often has workshops, films, and live performances.

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Long Island Studies Institute

A cooperative project between Hofstra University and Nassau County, the institute is a center for the study of Long Island local and regional history. Holdings include the Nassau County Museum collection and the James N. MacLean Nassau County American Legion Memorial collection.

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Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center

The Nassau County Firefighters Museum provides a setting for people to learn about the proud history of firefighting. Through the collection, restoration, and exhibition of current and historical firefighting memorabilia, visitors can learn through the objects. A major goal of the museum and center is to educate people on fire safety through group presentations.

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Nassau County Museum of Art

Housed inside an historic Gold Coast Mansion, The Nassau County Museum of Art features 600 works of art representing 19th and 20th century European and American artists. The museum has a variety of changing exhibitions, formal gardens and a sculpture garden. Children will enjoy the Children’s Art Museum featuring an Alice in Wonderland-inspired exhibition-complete with a giant chessboard.

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Nassau County Police George F. Maher Museum

A repository for police memorabilia dating to 1925, it is located inside police Headquarters in Mineola.

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Old Bethpage Village Restoration

If you want to step back in time, head to Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Nassau County’s very own colonial farm village. Set on 209-acres Old Bethpage Village Restoration is equipped with 51 historic structures and seven reconstructions. Not to be missed: the Old Bethpage Village Restoration County Fair, held every fall, so be sure to check it out.

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Pagan-Fletcher Restoration

Operated by the Valley Stream Historic Society, this museum of local history is located in a house built in 1840. The original owner, Scottish immigrant farmer Robert Pagan, is credited with giving Valley Stream its name.

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Raynham Hall

The prominent Townsend family lived in this 22-room house in Oyster Bay from 1740-1880. Displays include more than 5,000 items of furniture, tableware and other artifacts. The permanent collection includes a letter written by General George Washington in 1777.

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Rock Hall Museum

A pre-revolutionary home built in 1767 for Josiah Martin, a wealthy plantation owner, the Georgian-style building belonged to the Martin and Hewlett families for 125 years. It opened as a museum in 1953.

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Saddle Rock Grist Mill

In operation as early as 1700, the mill has been restored to the way it looked in the 19th century. One of the few remaining tidal mills left in the country, it overlooks Little Neck Bay.

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Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt from 1885 until his death. The home was referred to as his “Summer White House”. Now open to the public for tours, visitors can enjoy the beautiful 80 acres of landscape any day of the week.

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Sands-Willets House

The Cow Neck Historical Society maintains this historic farmhouse, located in the incorporated village of flower Hill, and named for the two distinguished Long Island families who lived there. The property dates from the early 1700s, and is now a museum and education center.

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Tackapausha Museum

Another site extremely popular with families. The 84-acre preserve has exhibits of Long Island wildlife and their habitats, plus several miles of nature trails.

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Veterans Memorial Plaza & 9/11 Memorial at Eisenhower Park

Veterans Memorial Plaza is a place to reflect and honor Nassau County’s heroes of past wars. An area set aside in the park includes a Wall of Honor listing Nassau County veterans, living and deceased; prisoner of War-Missing in Action and Korean War monuments; memorials to World War II, Medal of Honor and purple Heart recipients; Gold Star parents of deceased veterans; doctors and nurses who served in war. The new 9/11 Memorial, dedicated in September, 2008 honors the victims of the 2001 attack on the World trade Center in nearby New York City, including more than 290 Nassau County residents who perished that day. The monument, which includes steel from the original World trade Center, is located alongside the park lake.

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Wantagh Rail Road Museum

The museum is housed in three historic structures: The Station, built in 1885; The “Jamaica” railroad Car (1912); and the Original Wantagh post Office (1907). The Station contains a collection of turn-of- the-century photographs.

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Garvies Point Museum & Preserve

The museum features exhibits and programs on the geology of New York State and also exhibits Native American archaeology. The museum provides an overview of the geological development of Long Island. The preserve is made up of 62 acres of forest, 5 miles of nature trails, a picnic area, and a beautiful shoreline.

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[+][-] Beaches

Beaches in the Town of Hempstead

Lido Beach Town Park, Lido West Town Park, Town Park at Point Lookout, Town Park at Sands, Harbor Isle Beach, Hewlett Point Park

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Jones Beach State Park

Known the world over, the prime attraction of Jones Beach is swimming. And its no wonder why. With 6.5 miles of sandy ocean beach, half a mile of bay beach as well as two landmarks and Art Deco swimming pools, it’s the perfect place to get your feet wet. Jones Beach also has a famous boardwalk, as well as miniature golf and beach volleyball.

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Long Beach

Two-and-one-half-mile Boardwalk share the western most barrier island with the beachfront communities of Atlantic Beach, Lido Beach and point Lookout. Considered one of the locations in the northeast for surfing.

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Nickerson Beach

The Eugene Nickerson Beach Park and Campground borders the Atlantic Ocean, providing 3,500 feet of beautiful shoreline. The campground provides 74 sites for RVs and eight for tents.

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[+][-] Gold Coast Mansions

Cedarmere

The seven-acre property overlooking Roslyn Harbor includes the home of renowned 19th-century poet, newspaper editor and civic leader William Cullen Bryant.

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Chelsea Mansion at Muttontown Preserve

The 40-room mansion, located on the northern end of Muttontown Preserve in East Norwich, was built by Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Moore in 1924. It is considered to be an example of the design ideas prevalent during the latter part of the Gold Coast era.

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Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

The Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park was formerly the home of William Robertson Coe who lived on the 400 acres from 1913-1955. Mr. Coe had a love of rare plants and converted his estate into an arboretum. The historic park features plants and shrubs from Europe and Asia, and 600 types of rhododendrons and azaleas.

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Falaise, Castle Gould and the Hemstead House at Sands Point Preserve

Operated by the Nassau County Department of parks, recreation and Museums, the Sands point site features three castle-like mansions. Hempstead House, originally built by Howard Gould, was later the home of Daniel and florence Guggenheim beginning in 1917. Castle Gould, built in 1902, was once the carriage house of Howard Gould’s estate. Falaise was built for Harry f. Guggenheim and his wife Caroline Morton in 1923.

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Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt from 1885 until his death. The home was referred to as his “Summer White House”. Now open to the public for tours, visitors can enjoy the beautiful 80 acres of landscape any day of the week.

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The Childs Frick Mansion at the Nassau County Museum of Art

Housed inside an historic Gold Coast Mansion, The Nassau County Museum of Art features 600 works of art representing 19th and 20th century European and American artists. The museum has a variety of changing exhibitions, formal gardens and a sculpture garden. Children will enjoy the Children’s Art Museum featuring an Alice in Wonderland-inspired exhibition-complete with a giant chessboard.

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The Mansion at Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens is considered North America’s most beautiful English- Style estate. Sitting on 160 acres, the estate includes a walled perennial garden, classical sanctuary, rolling fields, over 100 species of trees, rose gardens, lakes, boxwood and demonstration gardens. Old Westbury Mansion is also one of the most filmed mansions on the east coast. You don’t have to be a horticulturist to love it, but if you are, you will.

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U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

The former estate of auto magnate Walter P. Chrysler, in Kings Point on the Great Neck peninsula, was acquired by the federal government in 1943, and the Academy was dedicated on September 30, 1943 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The campus includes the American Merchant Marine Museum.

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[+][-] Golf

Bethpage Golf Courses

Bethpage is home to 5 renowned golf courses including Bethpage Black was the site of U.S. Open championship in 2002 and 2009.

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Cantiague Golf

Cantiague features a 9-hole, par-30 golf course. The course is 1,878 yards, with holes ranging from 150 yards to 272 yards. In addition, the park has an illuminated driving range (fee).

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Glen Cove Golf Course

Known for it’s water view, the 18 hole course includes a pro shop and a driving range. Stanco Park offers tennis courts and a playground, and is adjacent to the course

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Lido Golf Course

Offers a challenging play and breathtaking beauty. This course plays to a par 72 and is of a championship caliber. Come for the elevated greens and numerous shot-making options.

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Merrick Road Park Golf Course

Well-maintained greens and fairways. Typically flat fairways, with some uneven lines.  This is a 9-hole course that is open year round.

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Peninsula Golf Course

A 9-hole regulation length golf course. This medium-length layout has 3 sets of teeboxes for a fun, but challenging golfing experience. Also offers a driving range.

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The Town of Oyster Bay Golf Course

An 121-acre, 18-hole par 70. This championship course features water holes, narrow fairways and grass and sand bunkers. Furthermore, the course offers a driving range and putting green.

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Eisenhower Park Golf

Eisenhower features three excellent 18-hole golf courses open to the public: the Red, White and Blue courses. The Red course, which hosts the Commerce Bank (PGA) Championship, has been called by Newsday one of the "Top 10" public golf courses on Long Island (Leisure Pass and fee required). In addition, the park has an illuminated driving range.

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Harbor Links

This par 72, 18-hole course was built on a sand mine adjacent to the water in 1998. Some of the courses features are the stabilized sand bluff and three holes with split fairways. Harbor Links looks very similar to a western-style course.

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[+][-] Outdoor Adventure, Parks & Preserves

Bailey Arboretum

Come and enjoy the 42 acres of the Bailey Arboretum. The arboretum has self-guided nature trails, a sensory garden for the physically challenged, guided walks for children, educational programs, special events, and volunteer activities.

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Bay Park

The scenic 96-acre park nestled between East rockaway Channel and Hewlett Bay offers golfing on an executive-level, nine-hole par 30 course. One of the holes is 352 yards long, so bring your driver! It also offers facilities for tennis, basketball, baseball, soccer, football, lacrosse and rugby. An outdoor roller rink and a saltwater fishing dock/launch ramp are also among the amenities at this Nassau treasure.

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Bethpage State Park

Bethpage State Park is best known for its five premier golf courses, including the famous Bethpage Black. But it has more to offer than just golf. Visitors also enjoy the park’s picnic facilities, playing fields, tennis courts, bridle path, nature trails, biking trails, and cross-country skiing trails. The park also boasts a pro golf shop, restaurant , and driving range.

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Brookside Preserve

Twenty- two acre preserve includes woods with red maple, white oak and cherry trees, trails and meandering Milburn Creek.

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Cantiague Park

This 115-acre park in central Nassau County has something for everyone. From its beautiful landscape to the array of sports fields and courts, it’s a perfect place to spend time with your family or play tennis. The park features 5 lighted tennis courts, six lighted handball courts, 4 softball field, 4 multi-sport fields, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a 9-hole golf course, driving range, ice skating rink, and pool complex.

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Cedar Creek Park

Within the park’s 265 acres in Seaford are a bicycle path, a field for flying radio-controlled model planes, ball fields, an outdoor roller-skating rink, a dog run and a jogging course.

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Centennial Park

In Roosevelt, this recently renovated two-acre park’s amenities include a new state-of-the-art playground with eight swings, climbing apparatus and slides. The renovated basketball courts are outfitted with a dozen basketball hoops that have fiberglass backboards and color-coated courts. Basketball legend Julius Erving (“Doctor J”), who grew up in the community, played ball in the park as a youngster.

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Christopher Morley Park

Set on 98 acres and conveniently located in Roslyn- a quick drive from New York City, the park includes five tennis courts, four handball courts, four basketball courts, three baseball fields, volleyball courts, and two paddle-tennis courts. The park also has a swimming complex, ice-skating rink, and a 9-hole golf course.

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Cow Meadow Park

This 150-acre park/preserve in Freeport on the South Shore shows off Long Island’s marine wetlands and includes salt marsh, mud flat and tidal creek habitats that are home to more than 150 varieties of birds. In addition to playing sports under the lights, you can fish year-round from a pier or work out on the mile-long jogging course. The marina has about 30 boat slips.

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Eisenhower Park

Eisenhower Park is Nassau County’s premiere park, and it’s no wonder why. The 930–acre park boasts activities including three outstanding 18-hole golf courses, an aquatic center, athletic fields, tennis courts, picnic areas, miniature golf, a batting cage, and summertime entertainment at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre.

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Grant Park

On 35 acres in Hewlett, you’ll find courts for basketball, tennis, handball/ paddleball, fields for baseball and softball, and paths for jogging, bicycling and strolling. The lake at Grant park is open for fishing and you can walk its banks on a concrete path. Other features include an outdoor ice-skating rink, a spray-pool and a modern playground with three separate areas for different age groups.

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Hempstead Beach Park

This 60-acre Port Washington beachfront park, managed by the town of North Hempstead since 2007, will remain open to residents during a comprehensive renovation. It includes facilities for volleyball, badminton, softball, basketball, a boat launch and saltwater fishing. There are picnic areas with barbecues as well as a playground.

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Hempstead Lake State Park

A multi-use facility with tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, three “catch-and- release” freshwater fishing ponds, bridle trails for horse back riding, biking and hiking trails.

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Jones Beach State Park

In addition to a dazzling 6.5-mile Atlantic Ocean beachfront, this world-class 2,413-acre recreational area in Wantagh features deck games, miniature golf and beach volleyball. The wide two-mile-long Boardwalk is a popular place to walk for both pleasure and exercise in the invigorating salt air. The West End accommodates surf fishing and has a boat basin. visitors can see environmental displays and take tours at The Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center, also within the park.

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Massapequa Preserve

Massapequa. freshwater marsh, stream, lake on 423 bucolic acres.

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Meroke Preserve

Twenty-five acres. Marked hiking trails, Newbridge Creek.

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Mill Pond Preserve

Wantagh. Large pond, nature trails, 54 acres.

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Muttontown Preserve

Fields, woodlands, ponds, nature trails and the historic Chelsea estate on 550 acres. East Norwich, 25A west of Jericho-Oyster Bay Road, on Muttontown Lane (south side of 25A)

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Nickerson Beach Park

A multi-million dollar renovation recently added a family “fun Zone” with a skate park, basketball courts and playground with climbing apparatus and puzzles. Also new: nine beach volleyball courts, a dog run and a baseball field. It also features a gorgeous stretch of white sand along the Atlantic Ocean.

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North Woodmere Park

Ten tennis courts, a state-of-the-art playground and a nine-hole, par 30 golf course with driving range, are among the outstanding amenities of this park established in 1965. Summer brings legions of families to the swimming complex’s outdoor Olympic pool, diving pool and three children’s pools. In winter, cross country skiing is available, weather permitting. you can fish at the park’s shorefront.

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Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens is considered North America’s most beautiful English- Style estate. Sitting on 160 acres, the estate includes a walled perennial garden, classical sanctuary, rolling fields, over 100 species of trees, rose gardens, lakes, boxwood and demonstration gardens. Old Westbury Mansion is also one of the most filmed mansions on the east coast. You don’t have to be a horticulturist to love it, but if you are, you will.

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Reverend Mackey Park

A new playground complements existing tennis and basketball facilities and a ball field at this small park located in Roosevelt. The walkway around the lake allows for a relaxing stroll.

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Sands Point Reserve

The 216-acre Sands Point reserve is a mix of natural and landscaped areas. The preserve has six marked trails that allow you to stroll along or walk along ¾ of a mile of beautiful shoreline. The preserve is also home to the Hempstead House and Falaise, two original Gold Cost mansions. The Hempstead house, originally built by Howard Gould, became the home of Daniel and Florence Guggenheim in 1917. Falaise, built in 1923, was the home of Harry F. Guggenheim. Both homes exemplify the beauty and opulence of Gold Coast living during that era

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Stillwell Woods Preserve

A 270-acre getaway encompassing a portion of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt trail.

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Takapausha Preserve

Wildlife sanctuary, 84 acres.

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Tanglewood Park and Preserve

Nature trail, pond surrounded by brick walkway, Center for Science teaching and Learning, 11 acres.

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Tiffany Creek

Made up of three former estates. features include oak hilltop and upland meadow on 197 acres.

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Trail View State Park

Trail View is a 400-acre oasis in Nassau County. With a variety of habitats the park is not only beautiful, but is a great place for bird-watchers year round. Trail View also has various recreational activities that include hiking and biking trails, a bridle path and cross country skiing.

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Valley Stream Park

features children’s play areas, ball fields and courts, cross- country ski trails, and The Squirrel Nut and Hickory Nut nature trails where children can explore park habitats.

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Wantagh Park

Part of the County park system since 1961, this 111-acre facility is located on the scenic Great South Bay. you can enjoy this park by simply sitting on a bench and taking in the view, but many also come for a diversity of outdoor activities. you can walk or jog on a two-mile fitness trail, or cavort in the swimming complex’s Olympic size main pool, diving pool, “kiddie” pool, training pool, interactive water-play area or two 30-foot waterslides. The park also has tennis courts, ball fields, bicycle and jogging paths and an enclosed dog run with separate areas for small and large canines. Within the park are a marina/boat launch ramp and a fishing pier.

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Welwyn Preserve

Nature trails, ponds, swamps on 204 acres. Borders the Long Island Sound. Site of Holocaust Memorial & tolerance Center.

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Whitney Pond Park

Managed by the town of North Hempstead since 2007, it includes basketball and tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool, a diving tank and jogging course.

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William Cullen Bryant Preserve

Site of Nassau County Museum of Art, 141 acres.

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Leeds Pond Preserve

Thirty-five acres on Manhasset Bay. Includes nature trails, wetlands, a pond and the Science Museum of Long Island.

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[+][-] Performing Arts, Entertainment & Sports

Belmont Park Racetrack

Belmont Park is a world-renowned racetrack, and home to the third leg of the Triple Crown. People often refer to Belmont as the “ Championship Track” because almost every major champion in racing history since the early 20th century has competed on the racecourse-including 11 Triple Crown winners. Enjoy a day at the races, or strolling Belmont Park’ 400 beautifully landscaped acres.

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Eisenhower Park – Chapin Lakeside Theatre

Located in East Meadow. On summer nights the gently-sloping lawn next to the lake fills up with spectators on blankets and folding chairs. They come to see family-oriented fare such as Broadway shows, classic movies and talent competitions. The International Music Nights Concert Series shines a spotlight on the many and varied ethnic groups represented in the American tapestry. Admission is free.

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Jeanne Rimsky Theatre at Landmark on Main St.

The Jeanne Rimsky Theatre, which seats 425, puts on a variety of performances for adults and children. All forms of dance from modern to jazz, as well as rock n’ roll and folk music are enjoyed at the theatre.

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Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum & Exhibition Center

The Coliseum is Nassau County’s premier concert venue, and people come from all over to see their favorite artists. From the Kings of Leon to the Jonas Brothers to Journey, the Coliseum has all the best acts come through its doors. The venue also plays host to the NHL’s New York Islanders. The Coliseum consists of an 18,000 square foot arena, a 60,000 square foot exhibition hall, and an additional 15,000 square foot exhibition space.

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Nikon Theater at Jones Beach

This unique, 14,354-seat, open-air amphitheater, located on Zach’s Bay in Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, recently celebrated its 25th season of summer concerts with performances by Stevie Wonder, James Taylor and the Jonas Brothers, among others. It’s a perennial hot ticket with its summer lineup of renowned bands and artists. It even has a stellar history, having been constructed under the supervision of Robert Moses in 1952. For many decades Broadway-style musicals were presented there by Guy Lombardo, the popular Big Band leader who lived in nearby Freeport.

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NYCB Theatre at Westbury

The NYCB Theatre at Westbury attracts world-class talent, and is a great place to see your favorite musician, or comedian. It’s also the perfect venue for family entertainment with all kinds of kid-friendly shows. The theatre seats 2,712 people.

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Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts is Long Island’s premiere concert hall. Located on the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University in Brookville, the hall seats 2,242 people. From the Boston Symphony to the Big Apple Circus the Tilles Center attracts world -renowned performers. And with wide variety of performances, there is something to please everyone.

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[+][-] Shopping

Broadway Mall

Built in 1956 on the site of a former boys’ orphanage and a dairy and vegetable farm. Formerly known as Mid-Island Plaza, it is located at the intersection of Route 106/107, Hicksville, near both the Long Island Expressway and the Northern State Parkway. It has 130 stores including a movie complex and a food court.

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Freeport Nautical Mile

Nautical charm and street-fair revelry abound on this gorgeous stretch of shore. Rub elbows with commercial fishermen as you take in the sight sand sounds of one of Long Island’s oldest maritime communities. Enjoy a fishing trip on one of many charter boats, shop the boutiques and be sure to dine at one of the many lively waterside restaurants.

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Green Acres Mall

Debuted in 1956 as one of Long Island’s first open-air centers and was enclosed in 1968. Among its attractions is a first-run cinema.

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Mall at The Source

The Mall at The Source houses stores like Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th store, as well as great restaurants. The Source stands on the spot where Charles A. Lindbergh began his landmark flight across the Atlantic in 1927.

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Roosevelt Field

This mall has undergone several expansions since it opened in 1955 on the former site of a famous airfield. Its modern-day attractions include a movie complex and a second-floor food court as well as top department stores including, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom.

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Tri-County Flea Market

A few blocks east of the Wantagh State Parkway. The two-level indoor facility, open Thursday-Sunday, is home to a large jewelry exchange.

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Westfield Sunrise Mall

Another of Long Island’s veteran malls, boasts 160 stores including a cinema complex and food court.

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The Americana Manhasset
The crème de la crème of upscale and designer shopping is found at the American Manhasset on Northern Boulevard. Since The Americana Manhasset opened in 1956 as a neighborhood strip shopping center, it has developed into a premiere luxury-shopping destination featuring over 60 international boutiques.  > Read Full Listing