The Large Park and Beach
The Sayville Beach and Park is the perfect place for families. The park boasts a wide variety of attractions for people: swing sets for kids and toddlers, two play areas for kids, cement walkways for dog walkers, a long walkway for the chatty types, benches for parents to relax and watch their kids, and an open area for a picnics, complete with tables and grills. For the more competitive types, tennis courts, a basketball court, and an area to play catch are right next to the park. The beach is perfect for people who want to go for a swim, laze on the beach, or build sandcastles. When late summer rolls around, walks along the beach are fantastic, and there are plenty of shells to throw back to the sea or keep for your collection. For the wayward seafarer, there is plenty to do on the docks next to the beach, which are complete with benches and boat hooks, allowing for activities such as ocean watching or crab fishing (one of my favorite pastimes). If you’re a family looking to relax, this is the place for you.
The Vibrant Community
What is well-known or remembered about Sayville isn’t the buildings or structures, which are still nice, but rather the people in the community. The hamlet has developed a stereotype for producing people who are utter softies. Honestly, who can blame them? Sayville is a nice hamlet to live in, but what sets it apart from most communities is the colorful group of people that reside within it. People are vibrantly happy, they ask how your day is going, they stop their cars so you can cross the street, and they are friendly to people they don’t even know. I’m not saying they are straight out of a Disney flick in which people break into song at random, but it is the kind of community that has to be seen to believe how nice it is. I grew up surrounded by this community, I lived with this community, and I have become like this community. Be careful the next time you visit Sayville, because the people’s happiness is contagious.
Main image: The clock near the entrance of Sayville, a hamlet in the Town of Islip
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