What has 10 legs, blue blood, and predates the dinosaurs? No, it’s not a vampire super-hero, so let’s try another hint: You’ll find it crawling on our beaches in the summer. If you guess the creature is some kind of spider, you’re not far off. It’s sometimes called a sea spider, but we usually refer […]
Almost equally distant from Oceanside and Amityville, Short Beach is one of the nicest, cleanest, sandy beaches on the south shore. This small basin, tucked into the northwestern side of Jones Beach State Park, is adjacent to the Jones Beach Coast Guard Station and located just between Jones Inlet and Bascule Bridge on Sloop Channel. […]
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Despite the bleak looking landscape outside our window, everything about January is optimistic. The year is new, we hatch resolutions anew, and that aching for summer we abandoned in November and December? We renew our hopes about this time, as spring’s arrival on March 20 lets the countdown to summer officially begin. While we await […]
Cold weather and I are completely incompatible. I don’t like hats, I don’t like gloves, I don’t like fleece, and I sure don’t like anything frozen unless it’s a dessert. As we embark upon the coldest (and shortest) days of the year, I always seek ways to warm up without having to bundle up. The […]
Would you jump into freezing water for a few seconds? Before you decide, what if you were fundraising for Special Olympics athletes, children with diabetes, or helping to grant sick children’s wishes? Many Long Islanders who would otherwise avoid the beach in the cold weather flock to the water for a polar bear plunge fundraiser […]
My kids and I took a weekday boating trip to Fire Island while my wife was at work. Though we were having fun and the weather was beautiful, I’d promised my wife that we would all have dinner together, so it soon became time to pack things up and head home. As we loaded up […]
Searching for a birthday party theme? Want one that isn’t the same as everybody else’s party plan? How about a nautical-themed birthday party? Boatloads of decorating ideas and activities abound, making a nautical party one to remember. Search popular parent and party-planning sites and you’ll find plenty of ideas for a nautical party. Some sites […]
You’re reading our seventh anniversary issue; I hope that you’re enjoying it as much as we love bringing it to you. Since we started this magazine in 2007, we’ve had fantastic support from readers and the advertisers who support us. Yet there have been a few know-it-alls eager to tell us that our business is […]
You probably know that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) makes and enforces rules that affect vessels of all types, not just power boats, sail boats, and paddle boats. The USCG considers paddleboards, kiteboards, and motorized tubes operated outside of very limited areas to be vessels. The USCG defines a vessel as a watercraft (or other […]
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Nestled on the very tip of Long Island’s South Shore, in the Town of East Hampton, is a small hamlet named Montauk. It has a big history that includes many things, a few of which are the Montaukett Indians, Captain Kidd, Teddy Roosevelt, and as recently as last summer, the “Montauk Monster.”
An engaging and entertaining summer boat vacation is practically at your doorstep. A trip around Long Island is 250 nautical miles (which is not much more than visiting Block Island), and it can be completed in less than two weeks. While your pauses may vary, we’ve put together a fun itinerary of harbor-side stopovers. You can start this trip from any harbor and reverse our directions, depending on your starting point.
Who in your family wears a life jacket while boating? I’ve met some folks who think everybody should be wearing one. Ro Woodard, Boating Safety Educator for NY State Parks, let me know that in New York State, “Children under the age of 12 must wear a securely fastened U.S. Coast Guard-approved wearable life jacket […]
Are you looking for a clean, sandy beach between Oceanside and Amityville? Short Beach is what you’re seeking!
hile boating is a great family experience, there are some places that are just not tailored for kids. Over the years we have found a cache of kid-friendly haunts that we seem to revisit because they make both kids and adults happy. In no particular order, here are our family favorites:
Boaters looking to take a memorable day trip with their families should plan to visit Atlantis Marine World in Riverhead.
Nicoll Bay is situated between Heckscher State Park and West Sayville on the northern side of the Great South Bay. Known to locals as an area to drop anchor and relax, Nicoll Bay provides panoramic views of Heckscher State Park and West Sayville.
Drop anchor and enjoy the views, go swimming, or raft up with friends. Nearby is a beach you can reach by dinghy (there are no facilities).
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the largest park in Queens. There’s plenty to do on its 1,255 acres, including visiting three sites that are fun for the whole family.
Very few local day trips provide as much breathtaking scenery and shoreline architecture as does a cruise around Manhattan. Moreover, New York City is easily accessible from both the north and south shores, making this trip ideal for many Long Island boaters.
The American Merchant Marine Museum provides information and displays boats and other historical objects such as marine art, ship models and nautical artifacts. Located at the McNulty Campus on the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point (516-773-5515), the museum provides merchant marine perspective on World War II.
Watch Hill, part of the U.S. National Park Service, is located at the western edge of the Otis Pike High Dune Wilderness in Fire Island, across the Great South Bay from Patchogue. Visitors can relax at the beach or swim in the ocean (staffed with lifeguards, in-season), walk or hike on a salt marsh nature trail through the wilderness, trek over to Davis Park, bird watch, and take a guided canoe tour.
Located on the southwestern tip of Long Island in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens and in the Town of Hempstead, Jamaica Bay connects with both the Lower Bay entering New York City and Rockaway Inlet on the shore of Long Island.
Many say that Long Island waters officially start at Manhasset Bay. Squeezed between the tip of Great Neck and Port Washington, this is the first of several large harbors that literally cut into the North Shore of Long Island. They offer protected anchorage, entertainment, nature and more.
Long Island’s glacial history is on display at Garvies Point Museum in Glen Cove, with exhibits illustrating Long Island’s glacial history, the formation of its present land features, post-glacial changes in climate and sea level, and Native American culture and archaeology. The waterside preserve has 62 acres of glacial moraine, with beach bluffs made up […]
The Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum is located on Main Street in Cold Spring Harbor (631-367-3418). Exhibits include an extensive scrimshaw collection and Mark Well the Whale, which includes New York State’s only fully equipped 19th century whaleboat with original gear. Other items on display include scrimshaw, Edward Lange paintings, woman’s whalebone corsets, and an […]