Carolyn Greco Christ of North Babylon heads out for an early sunrise...

Carolyn Greco Christ of North Babylon heads out for an early sunrise surf at Gilgo Beach. Credit: Paula Greco

Labor Day may have marked the unofficial end of summer on Long Island, but the fun doesn't have to stop. Summer technically stretches through Sept. 22 and, this year, we're soaking up all the sun we can get. Here are 50 ways to have an endless summer. 

1. Swim in the ocean. Lifeguards stay on duty at some state park beaches. Jones Beach in Wantagh and Robert Moses in Babylon have lifeguards on duty until mid-September, with vehicle entrance fees ($10) collected until Sept. 13; Hither Hills in Montauk goes until Sept. 20 and Sunken Meadow in Kings Park until mid-September.

Andre Bennett of Central Islip, center, plays Spikeball with friends...

Andre Bennett of Central Islip, center, plays Spikeball with friends Christian Malave of Central Islip and Dan Howling of Coram, right, at Jones Beach on July 4. Credit: Debbie Egan-Chin

2. Rent a canoe. Even a rookie can manage to navigate a skiff boat — essentially a canoe with a power motor — that's sized just right for a couple of people to putter around calm waters. Rentals continue at outfitters such as the Silly Lily Fishing Station in East Moriches (from $166.50 for the day; 99 Adelaide Ave., 631-878-0247). 

Silly Lily fishing Station on Atlantic Avenue in East Moriches...

Silly Lily fishing Station on Atlantic Avenue in East Moriches offers boat rentals. Credit: James Carbone

3. Go fishing. You can reel in some kind of catch year-around on Long Island, but late summer is prime time for snappers. The small bluefish are plentiful and relatively easy to catch with a starter rod and almost any bait directly off Long Island's docks, which make them a great introduction to the sport for young kids who don't have the patience to wait long for a bite. Captree Fleet fishing boats are setting sail through the month with both open fishing and private charterboats available for reservations. The Captree Princess sails daily through Sept. 30 for jumbo fluke sea bass, porgies and bluefish. (Typically $40 to $60; captreeprincess.com; 3500 E Ocean Pkwy, Oak Beach; 631-404-6817)

Port of Call Charters offers half and full-day fishing trips...

Port of Call Charters offers half and full-day fishing trips for up to six people. Trips take you into Huntington and Northport Bays and the Long Island Sound for fluke, sea bass, and porgies. Credit: Port of Call Charters/Sean Crean

4. Drive up on the sand. Pack up the RV and drive onto the beach at Robert Moses State Park, where your permit grants you access to fish and relax on the beach after Labor Day. Off-roading permits are valid through Dec. 31. (Robert Moses Causeway, Babylon)

Christina San Ramon, left, Sam San Ramon, and Deborah Rowlinson...

Christina San Ramon, left, Sam San Ramon, and Deborah Rowlinson play cards at their RV campsite at Shinnecock County Park East in Southampton on July 23. Credit: Morgan Campbell

5. Jump in a pool with a view. Take a dip in the pool at a Long Island hotel offering day rates. The Mansion at Glen Cove's outdoor pool is set to stay open through the month. Visiting guests will need to purchase a day pass ($25 for a lounge chair, $200 for a day bed for up to four people; both include a credit for food and beverage). Check other local hotels before you head out. (200 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, 516-671-6400)

The Mansion at Glen Cove offers day pass options for...

The Mansion at Glen Cove offers day pass options for visitors.  Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

6. Pedal on the East End. Pedal tours passing by farms and vineyards offer a chance to take in the scenes of the North Fork’s wine country and expanding craft brewery landscape. Reserve a 14-person bike with Brew Crew Cycles, currently accepting private reservations, or bring a group of eight or more for a private cruise around Mattituck with Pour & Pedal. Tours often include various stops at wineries, tastings and lunch. East End Bike Tours offers both private and self-guided bike tours, which sometimes include beachside stops and olive oil tastings. (Brew Cycles: 205b Marcy Ave., Riverhead; 631-722-1516, brewcrewcycles.com; weekday rates: $300-$375; Sat.-Sun.: $350-$450. Pour & Pedal: 10200 Main Rd., Mattituck; 516-987-8751, pourandpedal.com; Price is $130)

Rent a bike and take a tour around wine country...

Rent a bike and take a tour around wine country on the North Fork. Credit: Randee Daddona

7. Camp under the stars. Camping, or glamping, outdoors doesn't have to take you far from home. In fact, you can still escape to your backyard while the weather is favorable. Set up your own tent or call the “Sleepover Fairy," a backyard glamping company owned by Islip resident Allison Lynch McCauley, to transform the yard for you. Backyard DIY setup options start and $175 a night and there are a range of packages available. Reserve at thesleepoverfairy.wixsite.com/thesleepoverfairy

Allison Lynch, "The Sleepover Fairy," sets up a tent for...

Allison Lynch, "The Sleepover Fairy," sets up a tent for a backyard birthday party in Holbrook on the afternoon of June 11. Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara

8. Pose with the sunflowers. Strike a pose in a sunflower field. Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm is slated to open a new field mid-September and Sidor Farms expects its field to last through the month. Call ahead to make sure farms are open as weather can impact bloom. (Rottkamp’s: $5 for visitors over 6 years old; 2287 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow; 631-727-1786, foxhollowfarm.net. Sidor Farms: $7 per person; 8632 Wickham Ave., Mattituck; 631-644-2200)

Take a stroll, check out butterflies and take photos of...

Take a stroll, check out butterflies and take photos of the scenery at the sunflower field at Sidor Farms in Mattituck. Credit: Outdoor Tom Enterprises, Inc.

9. Have your own shark week. A day trip to the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead will have you seeing sharks. Check out the 120,000-gallon Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit to have your own shark week adventure. Reserve a time slot between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday through Saturday and purchase tickets in advance at longislandaquarium.com. ($23 for children ages 3-12, $35 for adults and $26 for seniors over the age of 62; 431 E. Main St., Riverhead; 631-208-920)

Gina Peterson from Seaford takes a picture of her husband...

Gina Peterson from Seaford takes a picture of her husband Jeff and son Carter, 2, by the Lost City Atlantis Shark Exhibit at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead on June 28. Credit: Randee Daddona

10. Sail into the sunset. Enjoy a sunset sail on the Freeport Water Taxi’s Caribbean-themed, 90-minute cruise ($30 per person) or Captain Lou Fleet’s two-hour trip in the Great South Bay ($25 per person), offered through September. American Beauty Cruises and Charters also offers a sunset sail ($45) through mid-October. (Freeport Water Taxi: 211 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport, 516-521-7744, freeportwatertaxi.com. American Beauty: Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, 631-725-0397, americanbeautycruises.com)

Sunset cruises have resumed by Freeport Water Taxi. 

Sunset cruises have resumed by Freeport Water Taxi.  Credit: Bruce Gilbert

11. Spend the day on Fire Island. Summer isn't ending just yet on Fire Island. To end an unusual summer, many business owners in Fire Island's communities (including Cherry's On The Bay in Cherry Grove) have decided to keep their doors open through September for lunch and dinner. Fire Island Tap is extending its $50 wine and cheese pairing events (Sept. 10, 12: “Old World Wine Regions; ” Sept. 17, 19: “New World Wine Regions; Sept. 24, 26: “Kismet Favorites”) through the month too. (177 Pine St.; 631-583-9463)

Bikers pass by C.J's Fire Island in Ocean Beach on Aug. 27.

Bikers pass by C.J's Fire Island in Ocean Beach on Aug. 27. Credit: Linda Rosier

12. Try a trendy frozen treat. Keep summer alive with a new sweet treat like Sweet Charlie’s hotdog-esque rolled ice cream in a glazed doughnut bun (New Hyde Park) or Pelican’s SnoBalls shaved ice (Valley Stream). (Sweet Charlie's: 3336 Hillside Ave., 516-493-9697; Pelican’s: 254 Rockaway Pkwy., 516-882-4524, pelicanssnoballs.com)

The "Tall Charlie," a hotdog-esque rolled-ice cream creation in a...

The "Tall Charlie," a hotdog-esque rolled-ice cream creation in a glazed doughnut bun, at the new Sweet Charlie's in New Hyde Park. Credit: Spencer Vogel

13. Bike to the beach. Pick your favorite biking trail and make a day of it. Even better, pick a trail that ends with a beachside view, like the path from Cedar Creek Park in Seaford that'll bring you to Jones Beach State Park. 

Bike riders on the bike path along the Wantagh Parkway.

Bike riders on the bike path along the Wantagh Parkway. Credit: Linda Rosier/Linda Rosier

14. Governor's outdoor comedy show. See a comedy show under the stars — and under the tents — at Governor's of Levittown. The shows go on into October. See the lineup at tickets.govs.com. Upcoming performances include “Girls Gone Funny” on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. and Jared Freid on Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 12 at 7 and 9:15 p.m. (90 Division Ave., 516-731-3358)

Comedian Olga Namer performs at the outdoor patio at Governor's...

Comedian Olga Namer performs at the outdoor patio at Governor's Comedy Club in Levittown, July 9. Credit: Johnny Milano

15. Splash away in the park. Cool off at a splash park on those days when the warm weather peeks through. Jones Beach's water play park for kids is slated to stay open until Sept. 20, park officials say.

Tyler Claeson, plays in the new spray park, which was...

Tyler Claeson, plays in the new spray park, which was donated by rocker Dave Matthews at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh. Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz

16. Go on a kayak tour. Rent a single ($25 per hour) or double kayak ($33 per hour) for one hour and enjoy the afternoon in open waters in Oyster Bay. The Waterfront Center’s rentals are available through Columbus Day. Rentals are also available from local businesses in Riverhead, Cold Spring Harbor and Port Washington, among other neighborhoods. Call ahead for schedule. (The Waterfront Center: 1 West End Ave., Oyster Bay, 516-922-7245; thewaterfrontcenter.org)

Get out on the water while trying your skills at...

Get out on the water while trying your skills at kayaking. Credit: Marguerite Koehler

17. Visit a waterfront vineyard. Sip on wine flights with a waterside view at Harmony Vineyards (169 Harbor Rd.), a dog-friendly winery in St. James. For something out east, consider Kontokosta Winery (825 North Rd.) in Greenport which overlooks the Long Island Sound. The vineyard is currently open by appointment only.

Harmony Vineyards, built in 1690, in Head of the Harbor...

Harmony Vineyards, built in 1690, in Head of the Harbor is listed on the register of National Historic Places.  Credit: Randee Daddona

18. Walk the boardwalk. Even after the beach closes for swimming, the boardwalks at Jones Beach, Long Beach and Sunken Meadow Park stay open for walking or bike riding (in the designated stalls). Catch the sunrise as you enjoy an escape from your own backyard.

The iconic Long Beach boardwalk at sunset.

The iconic Long Beach boardwalk at sunset. Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

19. Eat fresh oysters on the East End. Pair your East End day trip with Peconic Gold Oysters when you visit Jamesport Farm Brewery (5873 Sound Ave, Riverhead). The vendor serves up half-shell oysters with all the fixings every Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. Founders Oyster Farm in Southold also sets up tents to sell ready-to-eat oysters select dates at Pindar Vineyards (37645 NY-25) in Peconic. Call ahead for schedules.

Peconic Gold Oysters and Lucky 13 Oysters.

Peconic Gold Oysters and Lucky 13 Oysters. Credit: Alice Teeple

20. Enjoy a sunset picnic. Pack a picnic basket and watch the sun set behind your table at Gilgo Beach. Or, pick up a prepackaged basket from Mirabelle Tavern in Stony Brook — which launched new "picnic baskets to go" with the choice of three different baskets complete with food and drink ($46 and up) — and head to Avalon Park. Keep in mind parks may close at dusk. (150 Main St., 631-751-0555)

Enjoy the sunset at Gilgo Beach. 

Enjoy the sunset at Gilgo Beach.  Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

21. Take a scenic drive. The change in seasons makes for an ideal scenic drive around Long Island. Travel Ocean Parkway — the 16-mile barrier island highway accessible from the Wantagh and Meadowbrook Parkways and the Robert Moses Causeway — and pass the Jones Beach Tower, beachside homes and Captree’s boat basin. Should you choose the North Shore, Sound Avenue offers a picturesque route through Long Island Wine Country.

The Fire Island Inlet Bridge and the Robert Moses State...

The Fire Island Inlet Bridge and the Robert Moses State Park Water Tower. Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

22. Chow down on a lobster roll. Bite into a fresh lobster roll from your go-to spot, or try one of our critics’ favorites, including Maldon & Mignonette in Sea Cliff, Lobster Roll in Amagansett, Flo’s in Blue Point and the waterside Lazy Lobster in East Rockaway. The only thing left to decide: hot or cold?

The warm Connecticut lobster roll with tarragon citrus butter, cole...

The warm Connecticut lobster roll with tarragon citrus butter, cole slaw and shoe string fries at Lazy Lobster in East Rockaway. Credit: Daniel Brennan

23. Cruise on a partyboat. Partyboats resumed around Long Island this summer at 50% capacity, and if you didn’t have the chance to experience one, you’ll still have a shot this fall. The Moon Chaser, for example, is continuing its 7:30-11 p.m. partyboat cruises from Captree State Park in Bay Shore to Flynn's on Fire Island on select Fridays this month and Saturday, Sept. 12. Reservations required-both for the boat and the restaurant  ($15 ride plus $40 dinner; 631-265-1848, themoonchaser.com)

The Moon Chaser hosts live music cruises that depart from...

The Moon Chaser hosts live music cruises that depart from Captree State Park in Babylon. Credit: Bruce Gilbert

24. Go on a family hike. Your hiking trail options are aplenty, and exploring the outdoors with your family can offer a much-needed escape. For family-friendly paths, consider Connetquot River State Park Preserve in Oakdale, Blydenburgh County Park in Hauppauge, Tackapausha Preserve in Seaford or Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. 

Jeanette, Savanna and Nicholas Herman, of Holtsville, cross a bridge...

Jeanette, Savanna and Nicholas Herman, of Holtsville, cross a bridge along one of the many hiking trails at Connetquot River State Park Preserve in Oakdale. Credit: Daniel Brennan

25. Hit the surf. Autumn brings peak surf season for the Long Beach crowd, as the weather remains warm while the waves kick up. On the East End, Montauk has Ditch Plains, where a jetty creates longboard waves, and Turtle Cove, next to Montauk Point State Park. Parking permits may be required.

Surfers take to the waters off Long Beach year-round.

Surfers take to the waters off Long Beach year-round. Credit: Mike Nelson

26. Watch the boats sail by. Sometimes, a scenic view can offer the escape you needed. Walk along the shoreline in Port Washington, Port Jefferson, Oyster Bay or Lloyd Harbor for a relaxing view of the boats passing by. 

Diana Feirstein of Coram paddles her standup paddleboard in Port...

Diana Feirstein of Coram paddles her standup paddleboard in Port Jefferson Harbor. Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

27. Drive by a roadside attraction. Drive-in movies and concerts are a great new way to spend the day, but there are other outdoor attractions within driving distance. Roslyn Harbor offers a sculpture park, Hicksville marks Billy Joel’s childhood town, Stony Brook boasts the Hercules Pavilion and Flanders, of course, has The Big Duck. Pack up the car and get driving. 

The Hercules statue in Stony Brook Village.

The Hercules statue in Stony Brook Village. Credit: Linda Rosier

28. Take an outdoor fitness class. Outdoor classes are a great alternative for those itching to get moving. Love Integration Yoga in Long Beach hosts outdoor yoga classes on the beach with a $20 drop-in option, so you can give it a go before you commit. (54 W. Park Ave., 516-548-7373)

Crystal Dubler of Island Park participates in an outdoor yoga...

Crystal Dubler of Island Park participates in an outdoor yoga class taught by Love Integration Yoga at the Boat House Marina in Island Park. Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

29. Try parasailing. If you’d like to try a ride in the sky, Fire Island Parasail will be open in September based on demand and by reservation only. Any post-Labor Day flights will take place out of Ocean Bay Park; parasailing is $85 while anyone coming along just to watch pays $20. Book online in advance at fireislandparasail.com. (1 Cayuga St., Ocean Bay Park, 631-988-8445)

A man shows off some parasailing tricks on the water. 

A man shows off some parasailing tricks on the water.  Credit: Ian J. Stark

30. Explore a new town. Long Island towns offer plenty of day-trip opportunities. Pack up the family and drive out to Greenport or Montauk — both offer beach town vibes and waterside views.

Zachary Kranitz, Zachary Kranitz Jr., 1, and Cristina Kranitz walk...

Zachary Kranitz, Zachary Kranitz Jr., 1, and Cristina Kranitz walk down Front Street on June 21 in Greenport. Credit: Corey Sipkin

31. Visit a lighthouse. Both the Montauk and Fire Island lighthouses offer picturesque backdrops. The Fire Island Lighthouse is now open for climbs, daily between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The Montauk tower is currently closed, but the grounds remain open for viewing.

A family poses for a photo in front of the...

A family poses for a photo in front of the Montauk Lighthouse. Credit: Gordon M. Grant

32. See a movie under the stars … and in the car. Some drive-in theaters are continuing to offer programming into September. Hit the pop-up drive-in at the Smith Haven Mall to catch "Star Wars: A New Hope" at 8 p.m. Sept. 11, "Trolls World Tour" at 8 p.m. Sept. 12 and "IT" at 11 p.m. Sept. 12. Tickets are $30 to $40 per car and can be purchased in advance at movielotdrivein.com. (313 Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove) 

If you're looking for things to do this season, enjoy...

If you're looking for things to do this season, enjoy a drive-in movie on Long Island. Credit: Kendall Rodriguez

33. Explore the historic mansions of the Gold Coast. It is the '20s, after all. A limited number of visitors are being allowed on the grounds at the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum, Sands Point Preserve, Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park and Old Westbury Gardens properties. Purchase admission in advance to reserve your time slot. 

Within the Sands Point Preserve, the Castle Gould (pictured) has...

Within the Sands Point Preserve, the Castle Gould (pictured) has been a Long Island landmark since being built in 1902. Credit: Marisol Diaz

34. Get up close and personal with farm animals. Hangout with the sheep, bison, camels and more at the Long Island Game Farm, open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ($16.95 for adults; $14.95 for children 3-11; under 3 enter free). For a private experience, or to celebrate a special occasion, tours and animal encounters are available for up to 4 people for $200. (489 Chapman Blvd., Manorville; longislandgamefarm.com, 631-878-6644)

Check out these Long Island nature spots where you can...

Check out these Long Island nature spots where you can see animals. 

35. Dine at a restaurant on the water. Does a meal taste better with a view? We'll leave that up to you. Dining waterside will keep those summer vibes strong long into September. Of the many options is The LakeHouse, (135 Maple Ave., Bay Shore) which serves lunch and dinner daily, plus Sunday brunch with a view of the Great South Bay. Reservations are required. (thelakehouserest.com; 631.666.0995)

On the patio at The Lake House in Bay Shore, now...

On the patio at The Lake House in Bay Shore, now offers dining on their outdoor deck and tent patio for seating. Credit: Randee Daddona

36. Meet turtles in Cold Spring Harbor. The Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium has a new Hatchery Turtle Experience that'll score you a 20-minute encounter with a weeks-old turtle. Advance registration is required at cshfishhatchery.org; $12 per person includes hatchery admission. (1660 Route 25A, Cold Spring Harbor; 516-692-6768.)

A pair of baby common map turtles which are about...

A pair of baby common map turtles which are about a week and a half old are seen on Aug. 11 at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium. Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

37. Sample beers and bring your pup. A monthlong, socially distant "Tails & Ales" event is coming to the Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale — and your dogs are welcome to join. For five days this September, people paired with pooches looking to spend some days in the sun will have the chance to sip on beer samples, browse pet-friendly vendors and listen to live music. Tickets are $40 for samplings and $10 for general admission. (323 Main St., Farmingdale; noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 12, 13, 19, 26 and 27; doors open at noon)

Duck the dog, who belongs to Kelly Sena, 32, of...

Duck the dog, who belongs to Kelly Sena, 32, of Greenlawn — photographed lounging at the Jamesport Farm Brewery in Riverhead — is expected to attend the upcoming "Tails & Ales" beer tasting series scheduled for September at Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale. Credit: Kelly Sena

38. Rent a Jet Ski. If you have your NYS Parks boater safety certificate — or one issued by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadron — you can spend an afternoon in the open waters riding a Jet Ski. Rentals are available through November at Jetskirentals.com Inc, in Brookhaven. Must be 19 and older. ($200 per hour; 320 S. Country Rd., Brookhaven, 631-286-7816, jetskirentals.com)

Jonathan Goldman and Liza Friedland of Great Neck ride on...

Jonathan Goldman and Liza Friedland of Great Neck ride on a jet ski. Credit: Yeong-Ung Yang

39. Go clamming or crabbing. Recreational clamming is best in shallow waters, where the tide draws down to thigh-deep or less. And the good news is you can still catch some clams or crabs through October. Cordwood Landing County Park in Miller Place is a good place to start. Catch crabs from docks, boats or while standing in shallow water. (No fee; Cedar Drive, Miller Place)

Stephen Curti, of St. James, holds up his bounty of clams...

Stephen Curti, of St. James, holds up his bounty of clams earned from a short amount of time spent raking for clams in the Stony Brook Harbor in St. James.  Credit: Daniel Brennan

40. Snack on carnival food. You don't need to attend a summer carnival to enjoy its delicacies. Keep summer alive as you snack on cotton candy from Shock Ice Cream in Westhampton Beach, fried dough from Saverio's in Massapequa or sausage, peppers and onions from GNG Italian Sausage Hut, a food truck parked in Island Park 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. If a soft pretzel is what you're craving, try the oversized bite at Riverhead Cider House that comes complete with dipping sauces. 

Eric Jesselson, 6, of Westhampton Beach, bites into a carnival...

Eric Jesselson, 6, of Westhampton Beach, bites into a carnival ice cream cone at Shock Ice Cream in Westhampton Beach. Credit: Randee Daddona

41. Explore the arboretums. Bayard Cutting Arboretum is open for self-guided tours (group tours have been canceled) Tuesday through Sunday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For $8 per car, you can explore the grounds and take in the nature photo-ops. (440 Montauk Hgwy., Great River; bayardcuttingarboretum.com)

A family walks down a path in The Bayard Cutting...

A family walks down a path in The Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

42. Take your dog to the dog park. Fido has been enjoying all this one-on-one time, but he'll enjoy it even more at the dog park. Let him roam unleashed at a park in Nassau or Suffolk, such as the Eugene Nickerson Beach Park Dog Run (880 Lido Blvd.) or the Cedar Creek Park Dog Run (Merrick Road in Seaford).

Jake at a meet up and first birthday celebration for...

Jake at a meet up and first birthday celebration for a group of puppy siblings and their owners at the Newbridge Dog Park in Bellmore. Credit: Linda Rosier

43. Sing along at a drive-in concert. Last Child, an Aerosmith experience, performs a drive-in show Saturday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Sid Jacobson JCC parking lot in East Hills. ($30 per car, 300 Forest Drive, sjjcc.org/drivein)

Beth and Cary Herman attend a drive-in concert on Long...

Beth and Cary Herman attend a drive-in concert on Long Island.  Credit: Corey Sipkin

44. Explore the night sky. The Custer Institute and Observatory in Southold is participating in the International Observe the Moon Night event on Sept. 26. Starting at 7 p.m., head out as Ed Anderson, a member of the Astronomical Society of Long Island (ASLI) and of the Custer Institute, shares tips on how to view the moon with binoculars or a small telescope. Admission is free but tickets are required. (1115 Main Bayview Rd., custerobservatory.org)

Chuck Cardona, president of the Custer Institute and Observatory in...

Chuck Cardona, president of the Custer Institute and Observatory in Southold, star-gazing through the observatory's telescope. Credit: Randee Daddona

45. Dine at a pop-up restaurant. Dine at Pawpaw for a secret(ish) North Fork supper that's only offered select Saturday evenings at 6:00 and 8:30 p.m. The menu changes weekly is dictated by what's been farmed locally. ($75, 208 Main St., Greenport, pawpawpopup.com)

A meal served at a Pawpaw dinner pop-up, held at...

A meal served at a Pawpaw dinner pop-up, held at Bruce & Son in Greenport. Credit: Katelynn Knapp

46. Spend the night at a beachside hotel. Spend just one night at a beachfront hotel such as The Allegria in Long Beach or Sound View in Greenport and you'll wake up feeling refreshed. Both offer up water-view rooms. (Allegria: 80 W. Broadway, allegriahotelny.com; Sound View: 58775 County Rd. 48, soundviewgreenport.com

At the Sound View in Greenport, every room has a...

At the Sound View in Greenport, every room has a direct and dramatic view of Long Island Sound. Credit: Sound View Greenport/Read McKendree

47. Go on a horseback ride. Expert or not, the Bethpage Equestrian Center will take you through picturesque trail rides in Bethpage State Park and the Bethpage State Park Golf Course. Rides are $50 per person, for one hour. (499 Winding Rd., bethpageequestriancenter.com

Equestrian volunteer Renalda Franks leading the Sabolboro Family, Walter and...

Equestrian volunteer Renalda Franks leading the Sabolboro Family, Walter and Linda Sabolboro and their son, Blake, on the trail during the Ride For Families program at the Bethpage Equestrian Center.  Credit: Howard Simmons

48. Go bird-watching. Keep that phone in your pocket, pick your favorite park and look up. Keep your eyes out for birds in their natural habitat. 

A bird watching program at Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon...

A bird watching program at Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary and Audubon Center in Oyster Bay. Credit: Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary

49. Seek out a hidden restaurant. What looks like a small house overlooking the Peconic River in Riverhead actually houses the Farm Country Kitchen where chef-owner Tom Carson offers a daily-changing lunch menu of soups, salads, sandwiches and wraps. Enjoy the search, then enjoy the food. (513 W Main St., farmcountrykitchenli.com, 631-369-6311) 

Farm Country Kitchen restaurant is situated overlooking the Peconic River...

Farm Country Kitchen restaurant is situated overlooking the Peconic River in Riverhead. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

50. Visit a farm stand. Whether its fresh-grown produce or home-baked pies you fancy, a farm stand is waiting for you. 

Shop the farm stand at Organics Today Farm in East...

Shop the farm stand at Organics Today Farm in East Islip. Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca