During the winter months, the bitter cold and snow can sometimes limit the activities or events that families can enjoy. However, here on Long Island, there are tons of fun things to do in winter that won’t break the bank.
Fun Things to Do in the Winter on Long Island
Seal Watching Cruise
This winter, climb aboard the Captain Lou Fleet, head out to sea and check out one of the cutest sea creatures that Long Island has to offer. Seal watching cruises run out of the Nautical Mile in Freeport and usually take place on weekends at 1 p.m.
On this cruise, you can enjoy the scenic Hempstead Bay and all of the winter harbor seal populations that live there. On board, there will be a naturalist to explain biology, the seals’ behavior and any other marine life you run into along the way. They even have a heated cabin and plenty of warm beverages on hand to help you brave the cold.
Reservations for the cruise are required ($26 for adults and $22 for children and seniors). It is sponsored by the Riverhead Foundation, so 50 percent of all proceeds will go towards supporting the New York State Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program. If you plan on going, just remember to dress warm!
One of the most time-honored Long Island winter traditions is sledding with your family at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford. Cedar Creek is abundant with hills of many different varieties to accommodate any age and skill level.
The sled hills are open during January and February each year. Next time there’s a big snow storm, grab your sled, some hot chocolate and make your way to Cedar Creek Park.
During these frigid months, there’s no better feeling than kicking your feet up poolside. This winter, the indoor pool at Echo Park in West Hempstead is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. daily. The facilities at Echo Park include:
- Diving tank
- Weight rooms
- Snack bar
- Men’s and women’s saunas
- Diving boards
Daily rates for non-residents are $9 and $4.50 for children (ages five to nine), senior citizens, disabled individuals, veterans and active-duty military.
What are some other fun things to do in the winter on Long Island?