Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

Nassau/Suffolk border at Rtes. 25A & 108. Environmental education center and demonstration hatchery. Open daily year-round, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. Two buildings with tanks and aquariums, eight outdoor tanks. Largest collection of native freshwater fish, turtles and amphibians in the state. Fee. (516-692-6768)

After almost a hundred years as a trout hatchery, the Cold Spring Fish Hatchery and Aquarium now operates as a non-profit education center.

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Nissequogue River State Park

Nissequogue River State Park

The former estate of a psychiatric center, the Park ‘s terrain suits bicycles and horses as well as it does shoes and feet, and everyone can trek for hours without encountering another human.  The Park also has a soccer field, a canoe and kayak launch, fishing, bird watching, interpretive signs, guided tours and group tours by reservation.  St. Johnland Road, Kings Park. 153-acres/National Audubon Society Important Bird Area/hiking, fishing and canoeing. (631) 269-4927

Gov. Alfred E. Smith Sunken Meadow State Park

Gov. Alfred E. Smith Sunken Meadow State Park

Located on Long Island Sound, the Park has a wide range of topography that sustains a variety of flora and fauna. The three miles of beach meets tall, glacier-formed bluffs at the west end of the shoreline. A man-made dam separates the park’s brackish creek and marshes from the tidal flats. South of the flats are acres of undeveloped and heavily-wooded rolling hills. Rte. 25A, Kings Park. 1,266-acres with golf, boardwalk and L.I. Sound beach. (631) 269-4333

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve

Caleb Smith State Park Preserve

Nestled in the heart of Smithtown, Caleb State Park Preserve is only one of two nature preserves on Long Island. Much of the Preserve’s 543 acres are undeveloped, allowing visitors to explore its many different habitats including freshwater wetlands, ponds, streams, fields and upland woods. Jericho Turnpike/Route 25, Smithtown. 543 acres/nature walks, hiking, fly fishing. (631) 265-1054

Caumsett State Historic Park

Caumsett State Historic Park

Lloyd Neck. 1,500 acres with bridle path, salt water fishing, hiking, cross country skiing. 631-423-1770

Originally purchased in 1921 by Marshall Field III, it became one of the largest estates of the Gold Coast Mansions.  The estate was  purchased by the State of NY in 1961 and designated a state park.

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Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park

A former Gold Coast estate, the arboretum is comprised of acres of greenhouses, rolling lawns, formal gardens, woodland paths, and outstanding plant collections. The original historic estate buildings remain including the 65 room Tudor Revival mansion, Coe Hall, which is open for tours spring through fall. The grounds, landscaped by the Olmsted Brothers of Brookline, Massachusetts, are spectacularly beautiful year round.   Planting Fields Road. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.   Fee. 526-922-9200

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Sands Point Preserve

Sands Point Preserve

An early 1900s estate with two castles, six hiking trails, changing natural history exhibits, and a Wedgwood collection. Open Feb.-Sept., Wed.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee. Falaise, the former home of Harry Guggenheim, is open for tours from May-October, Wed.-Sun. Fee. (516) 571-7900




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