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Long Island's best places for outdoor activities

Eric Judson from Great Neck takes a leap

Eric Judson from Great Neck takes a leap of the diving board into the Olympic-sized swimming pool at Great Neck Park district's Parkwood Sports Complex. (July 3, 2013)

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.

A woman takes a stroll as she walks

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)

Chris Betting of West Babylon prepares to put
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Chris Betting of West Babylon prepares to put 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)

Wantagh Park consists of 111 acres of the

Wantagh Park consists of 111 acres of the waterfront park in Wantagh. (July 5, 2013)

Eric Judson from Great Neck takes a leap

Eric Judson from Great Neck takes a leap of the diving board into the Olympic-sized swimming pool at Great Neck Park district's Parkwood Sports Complex. (July 3, 2013)

Anthony Notarstefano from Seaford tries out the overhead

Anthony Notarstefano from Seaford tries out the overhead ladder, just one of the stops on the two mile fitness trail at Wantagh Park in Wantagh. (July 5, 2013)

An interactive water-play area is part of a
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

An interactive water-play area is part of a swimming complex at Wantagh Park in Wantagh.(July 5, 2013)

Ben Chu, from Queens takes aim at a
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Ben Chu, from Queens takes aim at a target during a game of archery, a regulation-sized range at Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh.. (July 5, 2013)

Linda Salerno of Wantagh rolls along the bike,

Linda Salerno of Wantagh rolls along the bike, jogging and walking path of Wantagh Parks. (July 5, 2013)

Friends meet up at Cedar Creek Park in
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Friends meet up at Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh for a pick-up game of basketball. (July 5, 2013)

Marj Snyder from Greenport takes a kayak out
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Marj Snyder from Greenport takes a kayak out for an early morning ride on Peconic Bay in Greenport. (July 6, 2013)

As part of the athletic fields at Cedar

As part of the athletic fields at Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh are four soccer , two softball, a football and lacrosse field at the 259 acre park. (July 5, 2013)

A man works on his laps in the
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

A man works on his laps in the Olympic-sized main pool, part of a swimming complex at Wantagh Park in Wantagh.(July 5, 2013)

Alejandro Duarte, 10, Gabriel, 5, and their mom
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Alejandro Duarte, 10, Gabriel, 5, and their mom Cindy from Huntington jog up the path at Cold Spring Harbor State Park. ddd

Taking laps across the Olympic-sized swimming pool at

Taking laps across the Olympic-sized swimming pool at Great Neck Park district's Parkwood Sports Complex. (July 3, 2013)

Keren Shahverdi, 11, from Great Neck takes laps
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Keren Shahverdi, 11, from Great Neck takes laps through the Olympic-sized swimming pool at Great Neck Park district's Parkwood Sports Complex. (July 3, 2013)

Ryan Goldfard, 18 months, plays in the kiddie

Ryan Goldfard, 18 months, plays in the kiddie water feature area at Great Neck Park district's Parkwood Sports Complex. (July 3, 2013)

Naz Chafe, from Great Neck, takes swings during

Naz Chafe, from Great Neck, takes swings during a tennis match at Great Neck Park district's Parkwood Sports Complex. (July 3, 2013)

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