We all longed for the summer during the snowy and cold winter. A lot of us reminisce on the days when summer vacation was actually that; a time for fun, relaxation and no school. Just because we grew up (some of us, anyway) doesn’t mean we can’t take full advantage of the season. Read on for our list of 14 Things to Do This Summer in Long Island.

 

1DINE AL FRESCO
What’s better than enjoying a nice  meal outdoors? You, under an umbrella, with the sweet summer breeze gently blowing through your hair, a nice, cold drink in  hand… Sounds good, doesn’t it?

2GET ON BOARD A BOAT
Long Island Marinas also offer charter boats and party boats. Pick your route and go for it.

3TAKE A LOCAL TRIP
Take a weekend trip to the Hamptons, Fire Island or Montauk. A few hours away will feel like thousands miles away when you find time for a weekend escape. The MTA LIRR is offering summer beach packages.

4GO PICK STRAWBERRIES
Make a day of it and then challenge your picking buddy to a bake-off. Click here for a list of pick-your-own farms on LI!

5BUY YOURSELF SOMETHING PRETTY
Hey, you deserve it. Whether it’s that new pair of sunglasses, sandals or that sweet outfit you saw in the boutique window-go for it; YOLO!

6GO TO A CARNIVAL/FAIR
So many fun festivals will be taking place all over LI this summer. You’ll see them setting up shop on your route to/from work. Why not do it old school style and take your sweetie/bff/family and head out to a carnival for a good old corn dog, fried Oreos and a lemonade.

7GET WET
Visit a water park, the town pool, your friend with the amazing in ground pool, or just turn on the sprinklers and Carlos Santana. We’re in for a hot one.

8ROUGH IT OUT
Go camping or just camp out in your backyard. I can almost taste the S’mores.

9CATCH A MOVIE
As much as we love the heat, sometimes we just want to keep it cool. Catch a summer flick at an IMAX and keep your temp down. Check out the Movie Man’s 6 second reviews on Z100. You can also check out your local village website for to see if they offer movies under the stars! Get started here.

10HIT THE BEACH
Pack your gear and make it a beach day. People around the country have to travel hours to get to the shore.  Take advantage of the beautiful beaches we are surrounded by. Click here for a list of my top LI beaches!

11VISIT A GARDEN
Asides from the natural beauty that will envelop you, many offer tons of cool activities including summer concerts; 2 birds, 1 stone. Find all LI’s gardens right here.

12PAMPER YOURSELF
Hey, you deserve it. Don’t let the summer pass you by without you treating, well, you.

13HAVE A COOKOUT
Dispel your stress by getting together with family and friends. Get the grill ready and pick up the beef and veggies–it’s on! If you don’t have a backyard or BBQ, no worries. Many of the amazing state parks do. Do your research, get your peeps together and make it happen. Before long, Labor Day weekend will be here and so will Halloween. No regrets my friend.

14GO TO A CONCERT
Many towns around LI offer free concerts. Check your local town’s website for their event information. Plug in to Jones Beach Theater for an outdoor concert experience.
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