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Hempstead Lake State Park

Southern State Parkway West Hempstead, NY 516-766-1029

Try horseback riding at Hempstead Lake State Park.

(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

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Type: Biking trail, Horse facility, Hiking, State park Price:

$8 per car daily May 28-Sept. 5, weekends and holidays Apr. 2-May 22 and Sept. 10-Oct. 10. Buses by permit only. Fee may apply.

Description:

Softball field, basketball courts, playgrounds, bike paths, bridle paths (9 miles), nearby stables with rentals (New York Equestrian Center 516-486-9673), freshwater fishing (license required), snack bar, picnic areas, 12 clay tennis courts, 8 all-weather courts (fee collected April 9-Nov. 3); main lake, car top boat access (permit required); antique carousel (weekends and holidays, $2); indoor and outdoor party pavilions available. 

Hours:

Daily: 7 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

Season:

All year, sunrise-sunset

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