It’s time to put the snow shovels away and WELCOME SUMMER!! If you’re looking for a nice way to spend a summer’s day, here are a few suggestions for a great (and close to home) get-away!
Walt Whitman Birthplace – 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, South Huntington: The Walt Whitman Birthplace is a state historic site listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site preserves the memory of American poet Walt Whitman, widely recognized as America’s greatest poet.
William Floyd Estate – 245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach: William Floyd Estate, also known as Nicholl Floyd House and Old Mastic House, was a home of William Floyd, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. It was his home from 1734 until 1803.
The Islip Art Museum – 50 Irish Lane, East Islip: The Islip Art Museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island. The New York Times has called the Museum the "best facility of its kind outside Manhattan." An ambitious exhibition program features contemporary art by national and international artists, as well as emerging artists from local communities.
Sweetbriar Nature Center – 62 Ekernkamp Drive, Smithtown: 54 acres of beautiful hiking trails through habitats which include wetlands, fields and forests all with views of the Nissequogue River. The center offers self-guided nature trails, a butterfly and moth house, unreleaseable wildlife exhibits, gardens and a nature center as well as a Rainforest and Woodlands exhibit.
Fire Island National Seashore – Accessible year round via the Robert Moses Parkway: For decades, the first evidence of land for travelers crossing the vast Atlantic Ocean from Europe was the Fire Island Lighthouse. Completed in 1858 near the site of its 1826 predecessor, the current Fire Island Light is still a beacon attracting thousands of people each year. With a focal plane of 168 feet above the level of the sea, it can be seen more than 20 miles away. The Fire Island Lighthouse area offers exhibits, a nature trail and interpretive programs.
Sagtikos Manor – 677 Montauk Highway, Bay Shore: The Sagtikos Manor was built in 1697. The estate served as headquarters for the British Army on Long Island for a brief time during the Revolutionary War. President George Washington stayed there during his tour of Long Island in 1790. The manor house is furnished with original family pieces just as it was when the last owner moved out in 1963. Docents in period dress will guide you through the manor house where you can view furniture, accessories and architectural styles from the 1600s to the middle 1900s. Your tour will take you through the first and second floors where, among the many rooms, you will see the bedroom where President George Washington slept!