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Polar plunges on Long Island

The 15th annual North Hempstead Polar Plunge was

The 15th annual North Hempstead Polar Plunge was held at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington. Credit: Rebecca Anderson

Getting cold for a cause has become a wintertime tradition along the shores of Long Island. Hundreds of two-legged “polar bears” come out of hibernation and take the plunge into icy waters to raise money for charities. Here’s where you can join in the fun:

FEBRUARY
LONG BEACH POLAR BEAR SUPER BOWL SPLASH,
Riverside Boulevard, Long Beach, 212-957-9474, ext. 4583, metrony.wish.org. Benefits Make-a-Wish Foundation. Meet at 12:30 p.m. Fee Free, donations accepted. Date 1:30 p.m. Feb. 2, Super Bowl Sunday.

MARCH
TOWN OF NORTH HEMPSTEAD POLAR PLUNGE,
North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 W. Shore Rd., Port Washington, polarpluneny.org/northhempstead, 631-254-1465, ext. 4203. Benefits Special Olympics New York; registration begins at 10 a.m. Fee Free, donations accepted. Date Noon March 1.

TOWN OF OYSTER BAY POLAR PLUNGE, Tobay Beach, Ocean Parkway east of Jones Beach, off Wantagh Parkway in Massapequa, 631-254-1465, polarplungeny.org. Benefits the athletes of the Special Olympics, registration starts at 10 a.m. Fee Free, donations accepted. Date 11:30 a.m. March 15.

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE, Theodore Roosevelt Park, Oyster Bay, 516-378-2000, ext. 651, cpnassau.org. Benefits United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, registration and activities start at 1 p.m. Fee Free, donations accepted. Date March 8.

APRIL
SPLISH SPLASH POLAR PLUNGE,
Splish Splash Water Park, 2549 Splish Splash Dr., LIE Exit 72W, Calverton, polarplungeny.org/splishsplash, 631-254-1465. Benefits the athletes of Special Olympics New York. Registration at 10 a.m. Fee Free, donations accepted. Date Noon April 4.

BLUE POINT POLAR PLUNGE, Corey Beach, Corey Avenue, Blue Point, bluepoint.org, 631-363-5958. Aprils Fools polar plunge, organized by the Lions Club, proceeds support the Guide Dog Foundation of Smithtown. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Fee $15 advance, $20 day of. Date 11:30 a.m. April 5.

BAY SHORE POLAR BEAR SPLASH, Bay Shore Marina, South Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore, 631-585-0100, ext. 269, ahrcsuffolk.org. Benefits AHRC Suffolk’s programs for children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Fee $20. Date 8:30 a.m. April 18.

 

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