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Bring out the family for the annual tree lighting at Belmont Lake State park. There will be a magic show, ice sculpting, Jester Jim, holiday displays as well as food for purchase. Sing along with the North Babylon Elementary School District choruses while you await the arrival of Santa to light the tree. Immediately after the tree is lit, there will be a fireworks display over the lake. Those who wish to meet with Santa may do so in the lobby of the building after the fireworks. Park at Belmont Lake State Park and walk along the south end of the lake to reach the festivities.
Exit 38 Southern State Parkway
Belmont Lake State Park, located in West Babylon is a 463-acre day use park bisected by Carll's Creek and Belmont Lake. The park, established in 1926 had been owned by August Belmont and served as farmland for some of Belmont's equestrian activities. Robert Moses chose this park to establish the regional headquarters for all state parks on Long Island in 1935, which serves the public today for region-wide permit sales, park administration and as headquarters for the New York State Park Police.
The park is primarily visited by families seeking outdoor gatherings, picnics, and informal sports activities. It provides a bucolic feeling adjacent to the Southern State Parkway at exit 38 among densely developed neighborhoods. Carll's Creek stretches 4.2 miles south to the Great South Bay with a trail for hiking and biking. Horseback riding is available through the nearby Babylon Riding Center (for information contact 631-587-7778). The 42-acre Belmont Lake is encircled by a similar path, making a total of 7.6 miles of multi-use trails. Paddle boats and rowboats are available for rent on the lake through the summer.
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