A zip line at the beach, farewell concert tour stops and glamping on the East End are among the top attractions to come on Long Island in 2019. Be on the lookout for:
ZIP-LINING AT THE BEACH
Jones Beach State Park expects to debut its new outdoor ropes course, Wild Play, with three aerial adventure courses (including one designed for kids). Patrons can zip line with a view of the ocean or — for the really brave — take a 40-foot-drop jump. The space is expected to open during the summer, according to George Gorman, deputy regional director of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
CATCH A FAREWELL TOUR
They say they're retiring from the road — metal rockers KISS bring their farewell tour to NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum March 22 while Elton John's 3-years-long finale tour includes a sold-out stop at the Uniondale arena Nov. 16.
MORE CONCERTS OF NOTE “The Voice” coach and future talk show host Kelly Clarkson plays the Coliseum March 7 — it'll be hard to top her last Long Island appearance, though, when she accidentally threw her microphone into the audience at KTUphoria in 2015. Expect an epic '80s throwback June 30 when Long Island's long-running love affair with New Kids on the Block reignites at the Coliseum, all the more so because they'll be joined by Merrick native Debbie Gibson and Salt-N-Pepa (Salt hails from Melville).
Finally, Lake Grove native Jon Bellion brings his "Glory Sound Prep" tour for his biggest Long Island show yet Aug. 10 at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. The new album, which debuted in the Top 15, has plenty of area references, including a shout out for Sachem and tales of taking the Long Island Rail Road.
SEE DINOSAURS ON THE SOUTH SHORE
A giant animatronic ankylosaur and an enormous stegosaur will be part of the new “Dinosaurs! Animal Adventure” exhibit opening in spring 2019 at The Center for Science Teaching & Learning in Rockville Centre. The more than 25 dinosaurs on display will show how animals adapt to their environments.
LONG ISLAND READS, AGAIN
The goal of the Long Island Reads program is to get readers across the island on the same page. The 2019 book pick is Meg Wolitzer’s novel “The Female Persuasion,” and in addition to special events at local libraries throughout the spring, the author will speak at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library on April 7.
NEW RIDE AT ADVENTURELAND
The Farmingdale amusement park plans to add a new ride to its roster this year — the 41-foot-tall Lighthouse Drop Tower. Also, two existing rides will get revamped themes when the park reopens in March: The Rattle Snake and Rescue Boats.
BLUE POINT BREWING CO.'S EXPANSION
The Patchogue microbrewery-that-could is in the process of going very macro. In 2017, Blue Point took over the former Briarcliffe College building on West Main Street and is running a vastly expanded brewhouse inside the 54,000-square-foot space. In 2019, it will add a second-floor brewpub and tasting room with dozens of taps, upscale gastropub food (including a raw bar) and an outdoor beer garden.
Last winter, the pioneering Bellmore craft-beer bar Effin Gruven shuttered. It is gone but not forgotten; in 2019, a retooled iteration-slash-homage known as Effin Beauty, from the owners of Massapequa's American Beauty Bistro, is to open. The spot will have plenty of craft beer (at least 28 taps) as well as “small bites” and what are sure to be nonpareil cocktails from talented bartender Chris Burke.
GLAMPING IN THE HAMPTONS
On the heels of two Long Island state parks opening charming "glamping" cabins for overnight visitors in 2018, another dose of luxury camping is on deck for the Hamptons. Brooklyn-based Terra Glamping won a bid to construct and rent up to 40 elegantly decorated canvas tents on wooden platforms in East Hampton overlooking Gardiners Bay in time for the 2019 season. They’ll feature king or queen-sized memory foam beds, dressers, Turkish towels and robes, cellphone chargers and nightly s'mores around a campfire. Rates from $250.