Suffolk County Parks for Family Fun 429

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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Get Tickets for The 2019 Great South Bay Music Festival 277

Long Island’s largest and longest running music festival is coming back to Shorefront Park in Patchogue Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21st.  The Great South Bay Music Festival , which is presented by King O’rourke, is proudly Celebrating it’s 13th Anniversary.  The four day festival will feature over 75 performers on four stages, in classic and contemporary rock, folk, punk, blues, indy, jam-band, reggae, and funk genres.

The Fest will kick off on Thursday with Long Islands own, Indy Rockers – Taking Back Sunday, who are touring to celebrate their 20th Anniversary.   Popular hometown group Glassjaw,  PA rock group The Menzingers, and Frank Iero & The Future Violents will also be performing on opening night.

Here is the current daily line up:

Thursday, July 18th

On opening night, there will be 10 acts performing on two stages.  As mentioned headliner acts include Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw, The Menzingers, and Frank Iero & the Futures.

Friday, July 19th

Friday is rock-reggae themed with over 20 performers playing on four stages. The headlines include Slightly Stoopid, Sublime with Rome, SOJA, and Common Kings.

Saturday, July 20th

As usual Saturday is “Jam Day,” which features eclectic and diverse lineups, featuring 25 bands on four stages. The headliners include Lotus, Dweezil Zappa, Spafford, Reid Genauer’s Assembly of Dust, Pink Talking Fish, and the Englishtown Project.

There will also be a “Jambalaya Stage” to celebrate the 50th anniversary to the 1969 Woodstock festival. Those acts include Kiss the Sky, Who’s Next, Joplin’s Pearl, The Band Band, and Halfstep.

Sunday, July 21st

The final day of the festival will begin with a children’s concert. the afternoon will host  “Classic Rock Day” with 25 performers on five stages. Top acts include America and WAR.

Check here to see additional artists as they are released and to find out more about the acts listed above.


The Great South Bay Festival will also host multiple craft beer and wine tents, an artisan and craft market, and food court which will contain a diverse selection of gourmet food.

Tickets are on sale now.  Daily tickets start at $42.50 each. Children ten and under are free, except for the Sunday children’s concert.

For each ticket purchased, $1 will be donated to the Stony Brook University Cancer Center Fund.  Click here to purchase.


Festival Times:

Thursday, July 18: Doors are at 3:00 pm, till 10pm.

Friday, July 19th: Doors are at 3:00PM, till 11pm,

Saturday the 20th.: Doors are at 1:00pm, till 11PM,

Sunday the 21st: 11:00am doors for Great South Bay’s annual Kids Concert

Sunday Regular Fest Ticket holders: 1:30 Doors, till 10:00pm.




Get Your Tickets for the Patchogue Breakfast Crawl on Saturday May 18th 223

There is still time to get tickets for Patchogue’s 8th Breakfast Crawl, being held this Saturday, May 18th. The crawl runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Patrons can decide which restaurants they want to head to then hop from restaurant to restaurant in search of the perfect breakfast selections.  This year there are 22 restaurants participating in the crawl.   Several specialty food retailers like The Amazing Olive, Kilwins and The Cheese Patch, as well as traditional retailers such as Blum’s, The Colony Shop and others will be offering discounts to patrons during the crawl.

The event is run by the chamber’s restaurant and retailers committee and this will be the eighth crawl held in Patchogue.

Proceeds from this years crawl will go to veterans groups Paws of War, United Veterans Beacon House and Military Resilience Foundation, as well as programs for the local VFW.  Participants and restaurant employees are being encouraged to dress to show their patriotism.

The tickets are $25 to dine at five restaurants, $35 for 10, $45 for 15 and $50 for 20.
Click here and get your tickets today!

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