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25 Things to Do on Long Island This Spring

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One of the advantages of retiring on Long Island is the nearly endless supply of things to do. Spring, when the days grow longer and warmer, is a wonderful time to explore the coastal region of New York State and find new reasons to love living on Long Island.

If you’re a longtime resident, you probably have favorite spots you enjoy visiting again and again, but even lifelong Long Islanders can discover new gems, like a daytrip to check out the best of North Fork, absorb the energy of the Long Beach Boardwalk, or a visit to one of the area’s many delightful wineries. Here are some of our top picks for things to do on Long Island in the spring:

Oceanside Adventures

Sand and waves are the perfect ingredients for a fun-filled day on Long Island. Jones Beach State Park is among the most popular of Long Island beaches with plenty to see and do, including a two-mile boardwalk, but if you’re looking for something a little lower-key, try one of these instead:

Coopers Beach

Hither Hills State Park

Robert Moses State Park

Sunken Meadow Beach State Park

Indoor Exploring

On a cool or rainy day, you can still find plenty of things to do on Long Island in the spring. If you’re a fan of the arts, an option like the Staller Center for the Arts, located on the Stony Brook University campus, is a wonderful place to take in a show or tour the latest art exhibition. Other ideas when you’d rather spend the day indoors include:

Cradle of Aviation Museum

Heckscher Museum of Art

Long Island Aquarium

Oyster Bay Railroad Museum 

Historic Intrigue

Long Island’s rich history is evident in the dozens of historic sites and landmarks. Many of these sites have been converted into museums and exhibits that are open to the public for a variety of purposes, including special events and live music events. Some places, like Sands Point Preserve, even have hiking trails that allow you to tour the pristine grounds. Take a step back in time with these historic destinations:

Caumsett State Historic Park

Oheka Castle

Old Westbury Gardens

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site

Nature-Inspired

Nature lovers are at a special advantage when looking for things to do on Long Island in the spring. Miles upon miles of coastline offer plenty of natural beauty to explore, such as Fire Island National Seashore, an enchanting place to experience the crashing waves, impressive dunes, flora and fauna, along with historical sites and the Fire Island Lighthouse. Immerse yourself in more natural beauty by visiting:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Massapequa Preserve

Montauk Point State Park

Planting Fields Arboretum

Great for Grandkids

There’s no shortage of options for kid-friendly destinations and things to do on Long Island in the spring. You can even make it a special challenge to visit someplace new every time your grandkids come to visit.

The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium is one of our favorite spots because there are so many ways for kids of all ages to engage in hands-on fun, including ponds for trout feeding and fishing. Other kid-friendly ideas worth exploring:

Long Island Children’s Museum

Long Island Explorium

Long Island Game Farm

Reichert Planetarium

Make Long Island Your Home Base

After seeing all these things to do on Long Island in the spring, you may be thinking it’s a great place to retire. We couldn’t agree more! Jefferson’s Ferry is a Life Plan Community in Setauket, on the north shore of Long Island, that strikes the perfect balance between connection and protection. Maintenance-free living inside and out means you have plenty of time to spend doing the things you want to do, whether that’s exploring thousands of miles of coastline nearby or taking advantage of the myriad thoughtful amenities within the community. Contact us to arrange a visit and begin planning a future filled with adventure and promise.

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