Summers around here are unbeatable, especially when you can spend them at one of many local Long Island parks that are just as beautiful as they are fun. Each has a wide range of exciting activities and amenities available, from swimming facilities to athletic fields and a ton of playgrounds! Here are a few of our favorites that you need to check out this summer.
Long Island Parks that You Need to Visit this Summer
Hempstead Lake Park
It has three large ponds that are easily accessible for all year-round fishing and small boating. In fact, this park is an angler’s paradise due to the high concentration of fish available in the lake, including:
- Large Mouth Bass
- Chain Pickerel
- Black Crappie
- Tiger Muskies
For anyone interested in fitness, they have plenty of athletic fields and tennis courts, as well as winding tree-lined paths for walking, hiking, jogging and biking. There’s even several pavilions and picnic areas with grills so you can do some cooking while spending your day in the sun.
Norman J. Levy Park
What was once the Merrick Landfill is now one of the biggest, most enjoyable Long Island parks around, Norman J. Levy Park in Merrick. Distinguished by a fully operational agricultural windmill, Norman J. Levy Park, which takes up about 52 acres, has just about any amenity you could ever dream of.
To start, the park’s highest point is at 115 feet up and features sweeping views of Jones Beach Tower, the New York City skyline and a large portion of coastline. There’s even a 500-foot fishing pier that extends into Merrick Bay.
This park is a go-to spot for wildlife enthusiasts looking to catch a glimpse of rare trees, birds, turtles, snakes and foxes. There is even a herd of Nigerian dwarf goats, which are used to control weed and brush overgrowth at the park, and a flock of Guinea fowl, turkey-sized birds used as insecticide to control ticks.
If that wasn’t enough, the park also offers ecological tours, kayak rentals and even has a 100-seat amphitheater.
Just like all of the others, Wantagh Park has a wide variety of athletic fields, trails, playgrounds and fishing areas. However, what the others don’t have is a full-scale swimming complex that’s open to residents and non-residents every day from 10 am to 6 pm. Some of its features include:
- Olympic-sized main pool
- Diving pool
- Kids pool
- Training pool
- Interactive waterpark
- Two 30-foot water slides
If swimming isn’t your thing, Wantagh Park also has tons of other insanely fun amenities, like an 18-hole miniature golf course, bocce/horseshoe courts, chess/checkers tables and two new dog runs, separated by size, so you can bring your four-legged friend along, too!
If you’re looking for a memorable time outdoors this summer, look no further than these great Long Island parks.