Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fire Island National Seashore

Fire Island National Seashore

March 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

. Fire Island is one place with many destinations. Resort communities abound and natural wonders entice, but a major part of the island falls within the U.S. National Park Service’s protection as a national seashore. Boaters are a common sight in the Great South Bay on summer weekends. Many are flocking to Talisman, Sailors Haven, […]

City Island

City Island

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City Island in the Bronx is a popular spot for boaters looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of other areas of New York City. Bordered by the Long Island Sound on the south, Eastchester Bay on the west, and City Island Harbor on the east, this boater’s haven is located diagonally opposite […]

Fishers Island

Fishers Island

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. Though closer to Connecticut, Fishers Island is part of the Town of Southold in New York. The island is home to residents with long-term roots and those seeking a secluded retreat. Despite much of it being private, visiting boaters can enjoy a portion of the seven-mile-long, one-mile-wide island’s beauty and serenity. The trip requires […]

Shelter Island

Shelter Island

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. Shelter Island’s five harbors beckon boaters. Tucked in between the forks of the east end of Long Island, about one-third of the island is a nature preserve. Coming from the north, opposite Greenport, lies Dering Harbor, home to a fleet of classic wooden sailboats. It is protected from all winds except those from the […]

A Season in the Sun

A Season in the Sun

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Even though recreational boaters gripe about every missed chance to get out on the water, we did have a boating season with much more sun than rain. Mother Nature eased off her rollicking and roiling weather antics and we had fun exploring rivers, anchoring in coves, gazing at fireworks, flocking to festivals, rocking out to […]

Free Yourself from Cabin Fever!

Free Yourself from Cabin Fever!

January 1, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

  My mother didn’t push her kids to play outside all year because it was healthier for us, but it turns out that being outside did as much for us as it did for her. Along with endorphin-enhanced vitality and sun-kissed Vitamin D, time spent outside yields mental and social benefits. It also frees us […]

South Fork Natural History Museum

South Fork Natural History Museum

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The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center (SOFO) in Bridgehampton is a year-round family-friendly destination. There are two floors filled with state-of-the-art, scientifically accurate exhibits including forests, ponds, and ocean habitats, a marine touch tank, terrariums, and aquariums featuring local wildlife, and an outdoors that boasts gardens, preserves, and a six-mile walking trail […]

SOUPer Bowl in Port Washington

SOUPer Bowl in Port Washington

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Boaters need to stay warm in winter, and nothing says warmth like soup! On Saturday February 4, from noon until 3:00 pm, the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 100 Fairway Drive in Port Washington, is bubbling over with soupy goodness. Hosted by the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce, the SOUPer Bowl offers two-ounce portions of […]

Have Fun Freezing and Fundraising!

Have Fun Freezing and Fundraising!

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Gather up your courage and throw off your flannels — plunge into cold (or downright icy) waters while raising funds for good causes. From now through March 2017 there are events scheduled in our area. Choose a location, sign up, gather pledges, and jump in! Many of the chilly events benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation and […]

HarborFrost in Sag Harbor

HarborFrost in Sag Harbor

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Why escape the cold when you can celebrate it in scenic Sag Harbor? On Saturday, February 25, fire and ice combine at HarborFrost. There’ll be musical cool licks and hot jams performed at different venues in the village, shops and restaurants will be offering sizzling promotions, and sculptures of ice will arise throughout the Main […]

See Seals on Long Island

See Seals on Long Island

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Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach Now through early May, subject to weather conditions, the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) leads beach walks at Cupsogue Beach County Park. The walks cover about 1.2 miles and last about one to two hours. Dress warmly in layers and wear waterproof shoes (walkers are advised […]

Paddle, Row, and Go in Nippy Weather

Paddle, Row, and Go in Nippy Weather

November 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Until or unless the waters (or your fingers) freeze, Long Island has great locations to paddle and row, including these New York State parks. Belmont Lake 631-667-5055   Captree 631-669-0449 Beware of strong currents   Hecksher 631-581-2100   Hempstead Lake 516-766-1029   Hither Hills 631-668-3781   Jones Beach 516-785-1600   Nissequogue River 631-269-4927 Check tide […]

Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach

Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach

November 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

From late November through early May, subject to weather conditions, the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) leads beach walks at Cupsogue Beach County Park. Cupsogue Beach is located at the western end of Dune Road in Westhampton Beach. The walks cover about 1.2 miles and last about one to two hours. […]

Enjoy Fall Foliage from the Water

Enjoy Fall Foliage from the Water

October 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

  As autumn throws a big party before tossing all its leaves like confetti, boaters have a wonderful perspective to see fall colors proliferate. Your favorite coastal haunts will likely join the party, but we’ve listed some leaf-peeping spots most accessible to rowers and paddlers. This fall, soak up the sun and commune with nature […]

Oyster Festival

Oyster Festival

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The 33rd annual Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay promises a good time to all on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 from 11:00 am through 6:00 pm (rain or shine). With music, contests, rides, and artisans showcasing their work, you’ll have lots to see, hear, do, and buy at the festival. However, you‘ll likely […]

Farmers Markets

Farmers Markets

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Looking for a short outing on your boat? Head to a harbor with a nearby farmers market and then head home with a boatload of fresh produce and local-made goods. Thursdays Montauk Inlet Restaurant and Gin Beach Market parking lot End of East Lake Drive 9:00 am – 2:00 pm www.facebook.com/montaukfarmersmarket   Saturdays Greenport South […]

Sag Harbor American Music Festival

Sag Harbor American Music Festival

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. Sag Harbor emits vitality all summer, and that intensifies as the sounds of jazz, folk, pop, rock, Americana, and global music fill the village during the annual Sag Harbor American Music Festival. The festival runs from Thursday, September 29 through Sunday, October 2. Local and national performers appear outdoors and at Old Whalers Church, […]

Playland Amusement Park

Playland Amusement Park

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Long Islanders have loved visiting the park we call “Rye Playland” since 1927. It’s always a fun day, but it’s way more amusing to ditch the traffic and travel by boat. Moorings are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Pier Restaurant and Tiki Bar at the water’s edge of the park. The launch […]

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

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. Her right arm holding her torch high for all to see, the Statue of Liberty is many things — a former lighthouse, an immense sculpture, a landmark, and a world-famous icon of freedom. There’s something splendidly unique about seeing Lady Liberty from your boat — young or old, it’s a moving experience to gaze […]

Mets Baseball and Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Mets Baseball and Flushing Meadows Corona Park

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Almost as easily as you can chant Let’s Go Mets! you can boat over to Citi Field and catch a New York Mets game. Flushing Bay is a deepwater harbor easily reachable from Long Island. Traveling from the South Shore, wave hello to the Statue of Liberty and thrill to the New York City skyline; […]

Nassau Point

Nassau Point

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When you simply want to drop anchor and hang out on the boat, Nassau Point is a great lazy day spot. Just south of Cutchogue, this area is generally calm; enter this anchorage from Little Peconic Bay. The area has been settled since the mid-1600s, and Nassau Point today is home to both year-round and […]

Sand City

Sand City

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Just south of Eaton’s Neck is an area named West Beach, though locals refer to it as Sand City.   It’s a thin beach just off Sand City Island and south of Hobart Beach and Price Bend at the northwest entrance to Northport Bay. Boaters from Huntington and Northport enjoy visiting Sand City, as the water […]

Little Bay

Little Bay

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Little Bay fits the bill for western North Shore boaters seeking a cove to duck into and drop anchor. Located under the southern side of the Throgs Neck Bridge, just west of Willets Point, this cove is easily accessible from Manhattan and Flushing Bay, as well as western Nassau County harbors. This cove is not […]

Atlantique

Atlantique

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This part of Fire Island, formally known as Atlantique Beach to distinguish it from the residential neighborhood, has a decidedly relaxed atmosphere and a family focus. Actually, it’s relaxed once you get one of around 150 slips at the public marina, which are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis — slips are restricted to Islip […]

Hemlock Cove

Hemlock Cove

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Ask South Shore boaters to name a low-key place to relax on the hook, and quite often they’ll share how much they love Hemlock Cove. Hemlock Cove is located along the State Boat Channel opposite Gilgo State Park. Most of the cove is deep, but check the depth as you get closer to land.  The […]

West Harbor

West Harbor

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One of the most protected bodies of water by Oyster Bay, West Harbor is in the northwest part of Oyster Bay Harbor, to the west side of Centre Island. This is a wide open area where you can drop anchor, hang out, ooh and ahh at the large homes and mega yachts you see, and take a […]

Fort Pond Bay

Fort Pond Bay

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Fort Pond Bay in Montauk is a triple-threat destination. It offers a spectacular view of the bluffs, has deep water to accommodate many sizes of boats, and has an underwater attraction for snorkelers and divers. This is an easy-to-reach spot if you are boating from points east of Shelter Island, as it’s located just west […]

Pirates Cove

Pirates Cove

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Called Pirates Cove by many, Mt. Misery by others, some Port Jefferson and nearby North Shore boaters just say, “We’re going to The Cove.” No matter what you name it going in, you’ll call it a great place once you’ve dropped anchor in this calm water haven on the east side of the entrance to […]

Freeport Nautical Mile of Lights Annual Holiday Boat Parade

Freeport Nautical Mile of Lights Annual Holiday Boat Parade

January 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Homes and businesses aren’t all that dazzle and twinkle during the holiday season. Freeport’s waterways will be all aglow on December 3 during the Nautical Mile of Lights Annual Holiday Boat Parade. Vessels registered to participate in the parade (there is a fee) will meet behind E. B. Elliot’s on the northern end of Woodcleft […]

Swan River

Swan River

January 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

    Swan River is easily accessible from the Great South Bay. Located between Patchogue River and Mud Creek, the 1½ mile long and 15-foot wide river is tidal. It’s home to several marinas, a water accessible restaurant, and waterfront homes. There’s another community as well — one made up of wildlife and fish. The […]

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