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Summer drives: Bayville

Michael Marro gives Anastasia Fedorova a hug on

Michael Marro gives Anastasia Fedorova a hug on the Charles Ransom Beach in Bayville. Photo by Timothy Fadek Photo Credit: Photo by Timothy Fadek

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.

Where to go:

Bayville Adventure Park: 8 Bayville Ave., Bayville, 516-624-RIDE, bayvilleadventurepark.com

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.

The Breakers: 12 Bayville Ave., Bayville, 516-628-9690, breakersrestaurant.com

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.

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