Suffolk County Parks for Family Fun 501

With so many family-friendly parks right here in Suffolk county, its hard to find an excuse not to get out and enjoy the fresh air at one of these beautiful locations. Which park has what you are looking for and where do you start?

Thankfully, we are here to to provide information and help you decide.  Here are our picks for the best parks for families.  From hiking, biking trails and horseback riding to rafting, swimming camping or just a picnic, you can find it all.  Some parks offer other family friendly activities such as bird watching and educational events.

These parks, listed below in alphabetical order, all have something different to offer.  Please be sure to check the websites for hours of operation and entry fees.  Be advised that some Suffolk parks require a Suffolk County Green Key for access during peak periods.

Blydenburgh County Park — Smithtown
Located along the headwaters of the Nissequogue River, this 627-acre park offers hiking, fishing, horseback riding, and a playground. There are 50 campsites for tents and trailers with shower and dump facilities. You can fish and rowboat on Stump Pond, or take a walk through the Blydenburgh Farm and New Mill Historic District, which includes a grist mill. Walking and hiking trails link up with trails in nearby Caleb Smith State Park Preserve.

Cathedral Pines County Park — Middle Island
Cathedral Pines is a 320-acre site situated on the waters of Carmans River. There are plenty of camping options here, including club camping (10 or more) and family camping, with 10 sites that include water and electric hookups. There are picnic sites and the George Broome Memorial Activity Building is also available. Adjacent to the park is the Pines Nature Preserve, a popular site for hikers and photographers. Activities include a playground, hiking, mountain biking, bridle paths, and picnicking.

Cedar Point County Park — East Hampton
This 600-plus-acre park is located on a peninsula near Sag Harbor and boasts nearly a mile of sandy beach. Walking trails take you through a shady forest and treat hikers to magnificent views of Gardiners Bay. Other amenities include a freshwater lake for boating (rentals are available), a playground, general store, and a snack bar. During the summer, enjoy FREE family movie nights every Saturday.

Cupsogue Beach County Park — Westhampton
Cupsogue Beach is a 296-acre barrier beach park that offers lifeguard-supervised swimming in season, sun bathing on white sand beaches, and some of the finest saltwater bass fishing on Long Island. There are food concessions, restrooms, a first aid center, showers, and changing rooms at Cupsogue’s pavilion. Other activities include scuba diving, outer-beach camping, and special family-friendly events in season.

Gardiner County Park —West Bay Shore
First owned by the Gardiner family of Long Island, Gardiner County Park also once was part of the historic Sagtikos Manor Estate. Today, all Long Island families can enjoy nature trails, fitness trails, hiking, and bird watching at this beautiful 231-acre facility on Great South Bay. Restrooms are available and the park is pet friendly.

Indian Island County Park — Riverhead
Located at the estuarine mouth of the Peconic River, this 275-acre park is popular for its camping. There are 100 trailer and tent campsites open to organized groups, individuals and families, and camping clubs. Restrooms, shower facilities, picnic tables, and grills, provide (almost) all the comforts of home. The “island” is connected to the mainland by a causeway. Take a rest on nearby benches, where you’ll enjoy views of beautiful Flanders Bay.

Lake Ronkonkoma County Park — Ronkonkoma
This scenic park offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including a fishing area with a handicapped-accessible pier, baseball fields, handball courts, basketball courts, and a picnic area.

Lakeland County Park — Islandia
What makes this park unique is that it is fully accessible to the disabled and their families and was designed with that in mind. There’s a beautiful boardwalk that takes you through a stunning nature trail over Connetquot River. Great views of wetland vegetation, waterfowl, and fish abound. The park also has a picnic area and basketball court.

Sears Bellows — Hampton Bays
Another great camping spot for both tents and trailers, this 979-acre park has showers, a playground, picnic area, and barbecue grills. Activities include fishing, hiking, horseback riding (with permit), and rowboat rentals on freshwater Bellows Pond.

Smith Point County Park — Shirley
This is Suffolk County’s largest oceanfront park and a popular spot for families. Situated on the Fire Island barrier beach, there are more than 270 trailer spots for camping; outer-beach camping is also available on a first-come, first-served basis. The beach has lifeguards and a concession stand. Plenty of family-friendly events take place here during the summer months. Other amenities include a playground, fire pits, grills, and a camp store. There is also a poignant memorial to the victims of TWA Flight 800, which crashed off Long Island in 1996.

Southaven County Park — Brookhaven
With the Carmens River flowing through this scenic park, Southaven is another wonderful spot for families. It offers fishing, row boating, kayaking, bridle paths, tent and trailer camping, and picnicking. A special treat for families: On the second and last Sundays from May through October, the Long Island Live Steamers steam train club hosts its public run days, where families can take a ride on a miniaturized train.

West Hills County Park — Huntington
This is a popular park with well-groomed trails for walking and hiking, including the historic Walt Whitman Trail that leads to Jayne’s Hill, Long Island’s highest peak. There’s plenty to look at along the way, including an array of flora and fauna and forest inhabitants such as salamanders, turtles, and red foxes. Camping for youth groups and horseback riding is by permit only. The facility also has a dedicated, off-leash dog park.

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National Night Out Draws Over 1000 People 159

 On August 6th, Supervisor Ed Romaine, Councilwoman Jane Bonner and Councilman Michael Loguercio co-hosted the annual National Night Out at Fireman’s Park in Ridge. This free, annual event promotes police-community relationships and neighborhood camaraderie. It encourages adults and children to interact with members of law enforcement to help create a true sense of community. Over 1000 people joined in to play games, win prizes and interact with vendors, organizations and members of the Suffolk County Sheriff and Police Departments, firefighters and first responders. Pictured at left are (left to right) Supervisor Ed Romaine, Suffolk County Sheriff Errol Toulon, former New York Rangers hockey star Ron Duguay and Councilwoman Jane Bonner. Pictured at right are Supervisor Ed Romaine (left) and Councilman Michael Loguercio (center) with Deputies from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

Supervisor Romaine said, “I look forward to National Night Out every year. Most people don’t get to have personal contact with law enforcement, and this is a unique opportunity for them to do so in a relaxed and fun environment. I thank everyone who had a hand is organizing this event and all the residents who came out to enjoy it.”

Sheriff Toulon said, “National Night Out is one of my favorite events of the year because it highlights the ways that communities and law enforcement work together to keep our neighborhoods safe.  This year, we were so fortunate to partner with Councilwoman Jane Bonner to bring National Night Out to Fireman’s Park in Ridge, and along with Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Mike Loguercio, we welcomed nearly 1000 residents of all ages.  I believe everyone had a great time and I look forward to organizing this event in Brookhaven for years to come.”

Councilwoman Bonner said, “National Night Out in the Town of Brookhaven is a great tradition and I was happy to join with Sheriff Toulon to help make this event such a big success in Ridge. It’s important that residents and law enforcement become familiar with each other so we can all work together to make Brookhaven a better place to live.”

Councilman Loguercio said, “As a member of the Ridge Fire Department myself, I understand how important it is for adults and children to get to know and trust those who are out there working every day to save lives. National Night Out is an ideal opportunity for residents to have fun and learn how they can keep themselves and their families out of harm’s way, and I look forward to coming back next year.”



Dress for Success 2nd Annual Pop-Up Sale- August 9th, 10th & 11th 108

Dress for Success Brookhaven will hold its second annual Pop-Up sale on August 9th, 10th and 11th at 70 North Main Street in Sayville during the village’s Summerfest 2019. The first Pop-Up Sale, which was held in August 2018 in Patchogue, was very successful and created more awareness for the Dress for Success programs. On sale at the Dress for Success Brookhaven Pop Up Sale will be excess inventory, including many new items of clothing, jewelry, handbags accessories and more. The sale will start with a preview sale on Friday, August 9 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. It will continue Saturday, August 10 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and Sunday, August 11 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. All proceeds from the sale go directly to Dress for Success Brookhaven programs. The mission of these programs is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools necessary to help women thrive in work and in life. The Dress for Success Brookhaven Pop-Up Sale is sponsored by California Closets.

About Dress for Success

Founded in New York City in 1997, Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization offering services designed to help clients find jobs and remain employed. Each Dress for Success client receives one suit when she has a job interview and can return when she finds work to receive a week’s worth of clothing. Brookhaven was the first affiliate to be established as part of the worldwide non-profit organization. The women we serve come from across Long Island. They are job ready women who have been referred by over 250 local non-profit organizations, including domestic violence agencies, veterans’ organizations, homeless shelters and job training programs.

Our mission is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Dress for Success Brookhaven is sponsored by the Town of Brookhaven Department of Housing and Human Services, Division of Women’s Services.

The Dress for Success Boutique is located at Brookhaven Town Hall, One Independence Hill in Farmingville. It is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on selected Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  All client visits are by appointment only. Donations of clothing and other items can be made on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on the third Saturday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information about Dress for Success, please call 631- 451-9127 or visit

About California Closets

California Closets of Suffolk County, NY is honored to be hosting the 2019 Dress for Success Pop Up Sale inside of our new, flagship showroom in Sayville, NY. California Closets and Dress for Success have created a successful partnership over the last 20 years to empower woman back into the workplace. Through the generous donations of California Closets clients, over 2000 pairs of professional shoes have been donated to DFS Brookhaven. California Closets designers and installers have renovated the DFS Boutique inside of the Brookhaven Town hall. The team at California Closets provided logistics support and casework to the 2018 DFS Pop Up in a space provided by Toast Coffee House in Patchogue.

Our goal at California Closets is to create a boutique shopping experience inside of our client’s homes. By teaming up with Dress for Success, shoppers will have the opportunity to browse selections of designer clothes, jewelry, handbags and accessories inside of beautiful displays of reach-in and walk-in California Closets, providing this experience to the Long Island public for the first time!   We at California Closets are excited to have you visit us, learn about our brand and products and join us in our support of Dress for Success, Brookhaven.

California Closets of Suffolk County, NY is an independently owned and operated business that has been serving Suffolk County for 34 years. California Closets is the industry innovator and leader in creating custom storage solutions for every room of the home.







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