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Long Island adventures: Where to cruise, fly and glide

From shore to soar- these Long Island places will send you flying and floating through Nassau and Suffolk.

Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat (Cruises)

Behind the Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Behind the Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead, 631-208-9200 ext. 426, nwsdy.li/atlantis. Hours- Check website. Season- May-Sept. Offering- Adventure cruise down the Peconic River into Flanders Bay with stroll along remote beach. Events- Moonlight Cruise on Peconic River, June 18, July 15, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16. Rates- Call or check website.

Captain Lou Fleet (Cruises)

31 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport, 516-623-5823, captloufleet.com. Season- See
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

31 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport, 516-623-5823, captloufleet.com. Season- See website. Offering- Moonlight cruises. Capacity- 120.

Christeen Oyster Sloop (Cruises)

1 West End Ave., Oyster Bay, 516-922-7245, thewaterfrontcenter.org.
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1 West End Ave., Oyster Bay, 516-922-7245, thewaterfrontcenter.org. Season- May-Oct. Offering- National Historic Landmark Oyster Sloop available for private charters and two-hour public sails, parties and special events. Capacity- 24. Rates- $25 a person for public sails; check website for schedule/reservations.

Eastern Helicopter Flight Training Center (Flight Seeing)

2111 Smithtown Ave., Ronkonkoma, 631-467-2232, helicopterflighttraininginc.com. Hours- Dawn
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

2111 Smithtown Ave., Ronkonkoma, 631-467-2232, helicopterflighttraininginc.com. Hours- Dawn to dusk. Season- All year. Offering- Helicopter sightseeing along shorelines. Available for aerial photography. Flight training school. Gift certificates. Rates- $575 an hour for sightseeing in an R44 helicopter; rates vary for Jetranger (6-passenger maximum). Starting at $300 for flight training.

Freeport Water Taxi and Tours (Cruises)

211 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport, 516-521-7744, freeportwatertaxi.com. Offering- Cruises
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211 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport, 516-521-7744, freeportwatertaxi.com. Offering- Cruises in the Freeport-Point Lookout areas; seal watching cruises. Events- Wine/spirits summer series, mid May-Aug. Sunset, cocktail and happy-hour themed cruises, May-Sept. Fireworks cruises June 30, July 2, July 4; reservations suggested. Rates- $20-$40 (alcoholic drinks not included) for event cruises; $10-$25, free 5 and younger daily cruises. Check website for schedule.

I. Fly Trapeze (Trapeze)

Eisenhower Park, Nassau County Aquatic Center Hempstead Turnpike,
Photo Credit: Steven Sunshine

Eisenhower Park, Nassau County Aquatic Center Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, 516-640-6995; second location at boardwalk, Riverside Boulevard, Long Beach, 516-640-1579, iflytrapeze.com. Season- Apr.-Oct. East Meadow; May-Sept. Long Beach. Offering- Trapeze instruction, flying trapeze and aerial arts instruction. Rates- Half-hour session $60, book online; troop and group rates, open to children (4 and older) and adults.

Lady Liberty Cruises (Cruises)

Town Dock Main Street, Port Washington, 516-922-9214, ladylibertycruises.com.
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Town Dock Main Street, Port Washington, 516-922-9214, ladylibertycruises.com. Season- Apr.-Oct. Offering- 4-hour cruises on the East River down to the Statue of Liberty. Private charters for up to 200 guests available. Check website for schedules and rates; call for reservations. Rates- $125-$149 a person includes food, beverages and entertainment. Group rates for 10 or more at $115-$139 a person.

Lauren Kristy Paddlewheel Cruises (Cruises)

Bay Shore Marina, foot of Clinton Avenue, Bay
Photo Credit: Newsday/Brittany Wait

Bay Shore Marina, foot of Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore, 631-750-5359, laurenkristy.com. Season- Apr.-Nov. Offering- Sightseeing trips on Great South Bay, including Fire Island Lighthouse, reservations required. Lunch and dinner cruises, private parties, events and weddings. 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 (Cruises)

P.O. Box 624, Greenport, 631-477-2100, eastendseaport.org. Season- May
Photo Credit: Lighthouse Cruises, East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation

P.O. Box 624, Greenport, 631-477-2100, eastendseaport.org. Season- May 28-Oct. 30. Offering- Lighthouse cruise and tour; sunset and Haunted Lighthouse cruises; Super Cruise (stops at up to 12 lighthouses in New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island). Rates- Check website for schedules, rates and reservations.

Long Island Skydiving Center (Skydiving)

91 Montauk Hwy., Spadaros Airport, East Moriches, 631-235-9968,
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

91 Montauk Hwy., Spadaros Airport, East Moriches, 631-235-9968, longislandskydiving.com. Season- Apr. 20 to mid-Oct.; 8 a.m.-sunset daily, weather permitting; reservations suggested. Offering- Specializes in tandem sky diving with experienced staff; beginners welcome, limited training toward certification available; jumps from about 2 miles offer 40- to 50-second free-falls overlooking the beach. Rates- $229; group discounts available.

Mid Island Air Service (Flight Seeing)

101 Hering Dr., Ronkonkoma, 631-588-5400, midislandair.com. Offering- Family-fun
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101 Hering Dr., Ronkonkoma, 631-588-5400, midislandair.com. Offering- Family-fun flight training school since 1946; FAA Part 141 and 61, introductory and adventure flight lessons, Aero Camp grades 6-12 and a monthly aviation club, Aero Chapter for grades 6-12, Aero Party for ages 7 and older, private through professional training, rentals, sales and charters; at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma and Brookhaven Airport in Shirley; authorized LaserGrade computerized testing center at Ronkonkoma location. Rates- Starting $150 introductory flight lesson, call.

The Moonchaser (Cruises)

Capture State Park, Babylon, 631-265-1848, themoonchaser.com. Season- May-Oct.
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Capture State Park, Babylon, 631-265-1848, themoonchaser.com. Season- May-Oct. Offering- Cruises to Fire Island's Flynn's restaurant 7 p.m. Tues.-Thurs. July 4- Labor Day and June 10, 23-24 and 29-30, (3-7 p.m. June 19, Father's Day Cruise.); call Flynn's for reservations (631-583-5000). Sightseeing cruises- 1 p.m. Wed.-Thurs. (Wed. 1 child free per 1 paying adult); call to confirm. Charters available for occasions up to 220 passengers. Bay Jam Concert Series- check website. Capacity- 200. Rates- $14 restaurant cruise (food extra).

Skydive South Shore (Skydiving)

135 Dawn Dr., Brookhaven Airport, Shirley, 516-656-5867, skydivesouthshore.com.
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

135 Dawn Dr., Brookhaven Airport, Shirley, 516-656-5867, skydivesouthshore.com. Season- May-Oct., 8 a.m.-sunset daily, weather permitting. Offering- USPA-ceritified staff specializes in tandem sky diving using top-of-the-line equipment; first-time jumpers welcome; jumps from 10,000 feet; free fall overlooking the beach. Rates- $229; group discounts available. DVD and photo packages available, gift certificates.

Sky Sailors (Gliding)

Gabreski Airport, Suffolk County, Westhampton Beach, 631-288-5858, skysailors.com.
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Gabreski Airport, Suffolk County, Westhampton Beach, 631-288-5858, skysailors.com. Season- Apr.-Dec. Offering- Flights mostly over Westhampton area and East End; glider lessons. Rates- $199 single passenger, dual-control flights; $150-$300 glider rides for 1 or 2 people.

Wetlands Discovery Cruises (Cruises)

Shore Road off Main Street, Stony Brook, 631-751-2244,
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Shore Road off Main Street, Stony Brook, 631-751-2244, wmho.org. Season- May-Oct. Offering- 90-minute cruises from Stony Brook Harbor into the surrounding wetlands aboard the 27-passenger pontoon boat. Discovery guided by a naturalist. Rates- $28; $25, 60 and older and students; $18 younger than 6.

Whale, Dolphin and Sea Bird Cruises (Cruises)

Montauk, 631-244-3352, creels.org. Offering- Join Coastal Research and
Photo Credit: Ian J. Stark

Montauk, 631-244-3352, creels.org. Offering- Join Coastal Research and Education Society of L.I. scientists on voyages to observe and photograph baleen and toothed whales, sea turtles and pelagic birds. Single-day (6 hours) trips weekly from late June to early Sept. Special events- Aug. 14-16, (51-hour trip) from Montauk to Great South Channel, with stops in Martha's Vineyard, searching for humpbacks and other whales, dolphins and pelagic birds. Rates- Check website.

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