Outdoor Activities on Long Island this month

Outdoor Activities on Long Island this month

This month, take the kids outside to explore tons of outdoor activities on Long Island, in both Nassau County and Suffolk County.

Empire State Market FREE
WHEN: May. 6 - Dec. 23, Sundays, 8am-4pm
WHERE: NYCB LIVE, Home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Browse new and collectible goods, including jewelry, apparel, household items, artwork and crafts, and food.
WANT TO GO? 516-231-4848. nycblive.com.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1, 4:15pm
WHERE: Belmont Lake State Park, 625 Belmont Road, North Babylon, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: In addition to the holiday music and tree lighting by Santa Claus there is an ice sculptor, juggler, refreshments, and fireworks.
WANT TO GO? 631-667-5055. nysparks.com.

Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises in New York FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10am-12pm
WHERE: Hallock State Park Preserve, 6062 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY
AGES: 9 and older
WHAT: Learn about cetaceans and their behavior in local waters from Atlantic Marine Conservation Society scientists. 
WANT TO GO? 631-315-5475. parks.ny.gov.

Welcome Winter Walk FREE
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 1, 10-11:30am
WHERE: Sunken Meadow State Park, 25A Sunken Meadow Parkway, Kings Park, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Join this winter family walk to view how animals and plants prepare for winter.
WANT TO GO? 631-581-1072. nysparks.org.

Holiday House Tour
WHEN: Sunday, Dec. 2, 1-2pm
WHERE: Connetquot River State Park, 3525 Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Step back in time as you tour the area with a docent and see how the Sportsmen's Club shaped Connetquot River State Park Preserve into what it is today.
WANT TO GO? $8. 631-581-1072. nysparks.com/parks.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony FREE
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 7, 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Join in a sing-along of traditional holiday carols while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus. Bring canned goods or a new, unwrapped toy for those in need.
WANT TO GO? 631-581-1072. bayardcuttingarboretum.com.

Holiday Extravaganza FREE
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 7, 6-10pm
WHERE: Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores, 2700 Pettit Ave., Bellmore, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy the tree lighting with horse and buggy rides and a trolley ride.
WANT TO GO? 516-809-5892. BellmoreChamber.com.

Tree Lighting and Visit from Santa FREE
WHEN: Friday, Dec. 7, 6pm
WHERE: Planting Fields Arboretum, 1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Enjoy live music with Jack Kohl and an outdoor tree lighting!
WANT TO GO? 516-922-8678. plantingfields.org.

Family Animal Show
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 8, 2pm
WHERE: Center for Science Teaching and Learning-Tanglewood Preserve, 1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: Meet some of the animals face to face.
WANT TO GO? $9. 516-764-0045. cstl.org.

Winter Owl Prowl
WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 22, 4pm and 5:30pm
WHERE: Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY
AGES: All
WHAT: A wildlife expert from Volunteers for Wildlife brings live owls for a meet and greet and later leads the outdoor search.
WANT TO GO? $14; $10 children ages 7-17. 516-333-0048. oldwestburygardens.org.

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