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Where to cruise, skydive and trapeze on Long Island

Dorothy Cardi skydiving on Sept. 29, 2017 to

Dorothy Cardi skydiving on Sept. 29, 2017 to fulfill her bucket list for her 70th birthday. Photo Credit: Craig (instructor) with attached

If you're looking to take a local cruise, skydive or trapeze on Long Island check out these spots. 


ATLANTIS EXPLORER TOUR BOAT, behind the Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead, 631-208-9200 ext. 426, Hours Check website. Season May-Sept. Offering Cruise down the Peconic River into Flanders Bay with stroll along remote beach. Events Moonlight cruises, June 28-29, July 26-27, Aug. 23-24. Rates Call or check website.

CAPTAIN LOU FLEET, 31 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport, 516-623-5823, Season May-Oct. Offering Whale watching tours (Sept.-Nov.); seal watching (Dec.-mid-April). Capacity 120.

CHRISTEEN OYSTER SLOOP, 1 West End Ave., Oyster Bay, 516-922-7245, Season May-Oct. Offering Oyster sloop available for private charters and public sails. Capacity 24. Rates Start at $25 a person; see website.

FREEPORT WATER TAXI AND TOURS, 211 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport,, 516-521-7744. Offering Cruises in the Freeport-Point Lookout areas; seal and whale watching. Events Air show at Jones Beach, May 27-28, and fireworks cruise, July 4. Wine/spirits summer series, mid-May-Aug. Sunset, cocktail and happy hour cruises, May-Sept.; reservations suggested. Rates $20-$50 (alcoholic drinks not included) for event cruises; $10-$25, free 5 and younger daily cruises. See website for schedules.

LADY LIBERTY CRUISES, Town dock, Main Street, Port Washington,, 516-922-9214. Season April-Oct. Offering 4-hour cruises on the East River to Statue of Liberty. Private charters for up to 200 guests. Rates $139-$159 a person includes food, beverages and entertainment. Group rates for 10 or more at $125-$145 a person. Check website for schedule.

LAUREN KRISTY PADDLEWHEEL CRUISES, Bay Shore Marina, foot of Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore, 631-750-5359, Season April-Nov. Offering Sightseeing trips on Great South Bay; reservations required. Rates Lunch cruises from $29.95, dinner cruises from $59.95; sightseeing $20, $10 younger than 12.

LIGHTHOUSE CRUISES, EAST END SEAPORT MUSEUM & MARINE FOUNDATION, PO Box 624, Greenport, 631-477-2100, Season May 19- Oct. 28. Offering Lighthouse cruises and tours. Events “Bug” Lighthouse 4-hour cruise and tour of 3 other lighthouses, July and Aug. Rates Check website for schedules, rates and reservations.

THE MOON CHASER, Captree State Park, Babylon, 631-265-1848, Season May-Oct. Offering Cruises to Fire Island’s Flynn’s restaurant 7 p.m. Tue.-Thur. July-Aug.; call Flynn’s for reservations (631-583-5000). Sightseeing cruises 1 p.m. Wed.-Thur. (Wed. 1 child free per 1 paying adult). Charters available. Bay Jam Concert Series, check website. Capacity 200. Rates $15 restaurant cruise (food extra).

SKYLINE PRINCESS CRUISES, 1 Marina Rd., Pier 1, World’s Fair Marina, Flushing, Queens; 718 446-1100; Season Year-round. Offering 3- and 4-hour brunch, lunch and dinner cruises to the Statue of Liberty; L.I. lighthouse cruises. Private charters for up to 450 guests. Rates $50-$125; under 3 free; special rates for ages 3-10; includes meals and entertainment. Group rates available. Check website.

WETLANDS DISCOVERY CRUISES, Shore Road off Main Street, Stony Brook, 631-751-2244, Season May 15-Oct. 14 Offering 90-minute cruises, including photography cruises with Camera Concepts & Telescope Solutions ($50) into wetlands aboard a 27-passenger pontoon boat. Rates $28; $25 60 and older and students; $18, younger than 6.

WHALE, DOLPHIN AND SEABIRD CRUISES, Montauk, 631-319-6003, Offering Observe and photograph whales, dolphins, sea turtles and pelagic birds. One-day trips weekly, early July to early Sept. Events Multiday offshore whale trips: Aug. 12-14, from Montauk to Great South Channel (east of Nantucket), searching for whales, dolphins and pelagic birds. Rates Check website.

VIKING CLASSIC, Viking Dock, 462 W. Lake Dr., Montauk, 631-668-5700, Season July-Sept. Offering Daily two-hour sightseeing/eco tours, sunset cocktail cruises (21 and older), cruise and swim sails. Rates Call, check website.


EASTERN HELICOPTER FLIGHT TRAINING CENTER, 2111 Smithtown Ave., Ronkonkoma, 631-467-2232, Hours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Offering Helicopter sightseeing along shorelines. Available for aerial photography and flight training. Night flights by appointment. Rates Call.

MID ISLAND AIR SERVICE, L.I. MacArthur Airport, 101 Hering Dr., Ronkonkoma 631-588-5400; Brookhaven Airport, 139 Dawn Dr., Shirley, 631-281-5400, Offering One-hour flight for 2 people. Aero camps, introductory flight lessons and flight training. Rates $299 for sightseeing flight.


LONG ISLAND SKYDIVING CENTER, 133 Dawn Dr., Brookhaven Airport, Shirley, 631-235-9968, Season April to mid-Oct.; 8 a.m.-sunset, weather permitting; reservations suggested. Offering Tandem skydiving with experienced staff; beginners welcome, limited training toward certification available; jumps from about 2 miles offer 40- to 50-second free falls. Rates $229; group discounts available.

SKYDIVE LONG ISLAND, 135 Dawn Dr., Brookhaven Airport, Shirley,, 516-656-5867. Season May-Oct., 8 a.m.-sunset daily, weather permitting. Offering Tandem sky diving; first-time jumpers welcome Rates $229; group discounts. Gift certificates, DVD and photo packages available.


I.FLY TRAPEZE, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, 516-640-6995; second location at boardwalk, Riverside Boulevard, Long Beach, 516-640-1579, Season April-Oct. East Meadow; May-Sept. Long Beach. Offering Trapeze instruction, flying trapeze and aerial arts instruction; summer camp. Rates $65 for 60- to 90-minute session, book online; troop and group rates, ages 4 and older; summer camp.


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