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Oceanside And East Rockaway – Day Tripper

February 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Oceanside - Long Island

Oceanside – Long Island

Oceanside – Long Island

Like so many areas of Long Island, Native Americans paved the way for settlers to establish Oceanside, by directing them to travel along an Indian trail (now Peninsula Boulevard), east of a
long swamp and establish a settlement encompassing part of Hempstead to the Rockaway Inlet. Part of the Town of  Hempstead, and at times through its history known as “Christian Hook” or “Oceanville”, Oceanside, and its neighbor East R o c k a w a y , nowadays offers day trippers plenty of  places to relax, play, and/or explore. All Island Marine (516-764-3300) offers transient slips, as available, to boaters taking Reynolds Channel to Hog Island Channel to East Rockaway
Channel. Dining is available nearby, and across the street is the Bay Park Golf Course, an “executive” nine hole, par three course open to non-residents at a cost of $28.00 weekdays and $30.00 weekends (tickets 516-571-7242 and wait time 516-571-7244). The course is closed on Wednesdays.

Grist Mill Museum

Grist Mill Museum

Grist Mill Museum

Cabs are available to take you to nearby shopping at the Sands Mall or more dining choices. Some day trippers would not be happy to visit Oceanside without a trip to “Nathan’s Famous”, opened in 1959, but there are many more dining choices, from pizza to chain restaurants to Sole, a place locals rave about.
Oceanside is home to the Marine Nature Study Area (500 Slice Drive, 516-766-1580, closed Sundays and Mondays), a 52 acre salt marsh bordered on three sides by water. Boardwalks run across the wetlands, nature trails lead you past over 200 recorded bird species and all manner of trees and plants (make sure to get a trail guide). There’s a panoramic observation point at the end which includes views of Jones Beach.

Oceanside Park

Oceanside Park

Oceanside Park

The Marine Nature Study Area has a museum with terrestrial displays and dioramas, along with live tanks and aquatic  displays, and there is no admittance charge.

East Rockaway, once known as “Near Rockaway”, is a village  with its share of history and places to visit. An early seaport that expanded to include milling, the East Rockaway Grist Mill Museum, a 300 year old building, has artifacts from the Native Americans to the 19th century. Admission is free and it is open 1:00-5:00 PM on weekends, June through Labor Day (located
at Memorial Park, corner of Atlantic Avenue and Wood Avenue 516-887- 6300).

East Rockaway Grist Mill Museum

East Rockaway Grist Mill Museum

East Rockaway Grist Mill Museum

East Rockaway offers spaces at theTalfor Boat Basin for the  season (516-887-6300) and also has village dock space  available for transients at no fee, as available (overnight
stays are prohibited). The Fishery is a restaurant adjacent to the village dock, and is reviewed in our magazine this month. It is also a quick walk to Main Street, where day trippers can
shop and dine. Oceanside Park (516-763-0700) offers courts for basketball, handball, paddleball, tennis, and volleyball, a roller rink, outdoor pools (diving and wading), fields for softball and baseball, a playground and game tables. Nearby town parks
in Point Lookout (516-431-3900) and Lido Beach (516-431-6650) offer picnic areas and ocean beaches. Hempstead Lake State Park (516-766- 1029) has bridle trails for horseback riding, biking and hiking trails, shaded picnic areas and a hand
carved wooden carousel. Having a friend meet you from another destination?

East Rockaway Main Street - Fire dept

East Rockaway Main Street – Fire dept

East Rockaway Main Street – Fire dept

The Oceanside branch of the Long Island Railroad is close by, also. And to the boater who loves looking at waterside homes unable to be seen from the
road, the nearby “Five Towns” canals offer some
exquisite mansion sightings on your way into,
or out of, your day trip to Oceanside and
East Rockaway.

Sites of interest: www.oceansidechamber.org,
www.mnsa.webhop.org, www.allisland.com,
http://www.villageofeastrockaway.org/,
www.townofhempstead.org

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