Driving along the exquisite West Shore Road and Bayville Avenue provides peeks at waterfront mansions and picturesque sailboats docked in Oyster Bay Harbor. Continuing onto Glen Cove- Oyster Bay Road and Mill Hill Road brings a more low-key drive full of shaded asphalt and hidden marvels.
Distance: About a 10-mile loop through Bayville and Locust Valley.
Good for: Beachgoers seeking tranquillity but open to a little activity.
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A one-stop hit for all things summer fun, this retro-feeling amusement park is loaded with rides ranging from bumper boats to a ropes course, miniature golf and an indoor rock-climbing wall. Rides and activities are $5.75-$9.75 each - combination packages available, including a $39.50 unlimited pass that gives you a second day's admission, too. Also try the attached Beaches & Cream Soda Shoppe, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that specializes in homemade ice cream and waffle cones.
Charles E. Ransom Beach: Off Bayville Ave., Bayville, 516-624-6160. $10 resident parking, $30 for the season ($30 nonresidents, $45 for the season)
This beach, on the Long Island Sound, feels miles away from the commotion of Bayville Avenue. Lifeguards are on duty and there's a newer playground for kids.
Lobster is the most popular draw at this comfortable waterside restaurant, says bartender Lily Doering. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, a 11/4-pound lobster platter goes for $10.95. Thursday nights, patrons are encouraged to bring their own instruments to join a blues jam - there's also a tiki bar and upstairs deck with a view.