10 things to do outdoors this summer on LI
These are our 10 favorite outdoor recreation activities to enjoy on Long Island this summer.
TAKE AN OUTDOOR YOGA CLASS
Consider it a good excuse to get into the zone. Town recreation programs all over the Island offer summerlong yoga programs at parks and beaches. If you can't commit, consider dropping by Old Westbury Gardens at 11:15 a.m. Thursdays or Saturdays, when an instructor will take you through sun salutation and downward-facing dog against the backdrop of a Gold Coast mansion ($15 a session, 516-333-0048, oldwestburygardens.org).
YOU COULD GO ON A PARTY BOAT, OR .?.?. BUY SOME JUST-OFF-THE-BOAT FISH
Put a shrimp on the barbie .?.?. or a fluke or some striped bass. Two Cousins Fish Market in Freeport has fresh fish from both the Fulton Fish Market and off the fishing boats in Montauk — including swordfish and live lobsters, too. What's more, Two Cousins will fillet your fish for free (255 Woodcleft Ave., 516-379-0793).
Kevin Halton poses for a picture with a 12-15 lb. Maine Lobster in front of Two Cousins Fish Market along Nautical Mile in Freeport. (May 22, 2010)
TRY DISC GOLF
Think of it as targeted Frisbee-throwing. The Cedar Beach Disc Golf Course in Babylon has made a full course of it, welcoming families and more serious competitors alike to play by trying to land plastic discs in metal baskets doubling as "holes" on the golf course. A round of play costs $7-$8 (8 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, open till 8 p.m. after June 30, 631-321-4562, facebook.com/cedarbeachdgc)
PLAY ON THE BAY
Take a guided tour of Oyster Bay's West Harbor on a stand-up paddleboard at sunset on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m., through The WaterFront Center. The calm waters of the bay make it easy for beginners to paddle as they take in the surrounding scenery. Participants must be 18 or older. ($30 a person, 516-922-7245, thewaterfrontcenter.org).
HIT AN UNDER-THE-RADAR BEACH
Cedar Beach, at the end of Harbor Road at Mount Sinai Harbor, has a mile-long beach for sunning and swimming — or fish off the pier. Watch boats come and go over a beer and hot dog at Ralph's Fishing Station or have a glass of wine at Cedar Beach Bar & Grill ($5 resident parking, $20 nonresidents; 631-451-6100, brookhaven.org).
REDISCOVER EISENHOWER PARK
If you haven't visited in a few years, prepare to be surprised. The East Meadow park is positively bustling seven days a week. There's a new dog run, a flying trapeze school, mini golf and a special needs playground. Come summer, the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater hosts free entertainment most nights, including a shouldn't-be-missed series of international cultural nights ($10 parking weekends for non-Nassau residents, 516-572-0348, nassaucountyny.gov).
Joanna Datz, a counselor from the Lawrence Woodmere Academy Summer Day Program flies high above the ground on the trapeze by iFly in Eisenhower Park in East Meadow. (July 24, 2012)
SUMMER RUN SERIES (Favorite pick)
It's a beloved summer tradition for thousands of runners — running through a different state park every Monday night. While it's too late to sign up for the full series, newbies can register for a four-run package that includes Heckscher, Sunken Meadow, Robert Moses and Jones Beach ($45, register by June 7, 631-321-3510, nysparks.com
CATCH A SHARK
Summer fishing tournaments abound on Long Island. One of the most popular is the Bay Shore Tuna Club's annual Mako Shark Tournament, now it its 52nd year, on June 29. Last year's top catch was a 368-pound. mako. The winner nets $6,000 — and mako steaks for dinner ($300 entry fee, 631-650-7280, bayshoretunaclub.com,/a>)
TAKE A STROLL
Right in the heart of Stony Brook is an eight-acre oasis with a mile-long path among the trees, flowering plants and the sounds of chirping birds. In the center is a labyrinth, a tranquil spot designed to quiet the mind. Surrounding the park is the 76-acre Avalon Preserve open to biking. Entrance is on Harbor Road by the Grist Mill (avalonparkandpreserve.org).
SNAG A TEE TIME AT BETHPAGE BLACK
How popular is the public course played by Tiger Woods? Golfers have been known to camp out overnight in their cars to get the coveted first walk-up tee time of the day. Not that it's totally necessary — fast fingers can call into the automated phone system promptly at 7 p.m. to nab a reservation a week in advance for their chance to take a spin on the venerable 18-hole course ($38-$75, 516-249-0707, nysparks.com).
Chris Betting of West Babylon hits his ball while on the second hole as he plays a round of golf on the Black Course at the Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale. (May 17, 2013)