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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:

NOVEMBER
TOWN OF BROOKHAVEN POLAR PLUNGE, Cedar Beach and Cedar West Beach, Harbor Beach Road, Mount Sinai, polarplungeny.org/brookhaven, 631-254-1465. Raise money for the athletes of Special Olympics New York; every participant who raises at least $150 receives an official Plunge sweatshirt, registration starts at 9 a.m. Date Noon Nov. 23.

SHELTER ISLAND TURKEY PLUNGE, Crescent Beach, Shore Road, off West Neck Road, Shelter Island, 631-749-0042, shelterislandlibrary.org. Hosted by Friends of the Shelter Island Library, costumes optional. Fee $25 suggested donation; register. Date 11 a.m. Nov. 30.

DECEMBER
POLAR BEAR PLUNGE,
Coopers Beach, 268 Meadow Lane, Southampton, 631-283-6415, heartofthehamptons.org/polar-bear-plunge. Hundreds of plungers in festive costumes jump into the Atlantic Ocean to help support local people in need. Participants and fans can warm up with hot drinks and food afterward; register. Date 10 a.m. Dec. 14.

JANUARY
NORTHPORT NEW YEAR’S DAY POLAR PLUNGE,
Steers Beach, Eaton’s Neck Road, Northport, 631-946-9780, northportny.gov. Sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 410, register at 10 a.m. Refreshments, warming tents and changing rooms available. Benefits the Northport Food Pantry. Fee Donation. Date Noon Jan. 1.

EAST HAMPTON POLAR BEAR PLUNGE, Main Beach, at the end of Ocean Avenue off Montauk Highway, East Hampton, easthamptonfoodpantry.org, 631-324-2300. East Hampton Hurricane swim team polar plunge, register at 11:30 a.m., benefits East Hampton food pantries. Fee $35. Date 1 p.m. Jan. 1.

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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