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A woman takes a stroll as she walks against the current through the Lazy River at Parkwood Sports Complex in Great Neck. (July 3, 2013)

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Long Island's best places for outdoor activities

Woodland trails and tennis courts, sandy shores and skating rinks -- whether you prefer man-made or natural terrain for getting your fit on, buying a home on Long Island ensures an abundance of options for staying active.

Although Long Island homeowners never have to travel far to find fitness activities, certain communities have exceptional offerings for the active. Here are Newsday's picks for the best places be active on Long Island.