11 summer places, activities remaining open after Labor Day on Long Island
In the summer, don’t go. Whether you fancy the shore or another s’more, there are plenty of places for family fun on Long Island that will remain open into the fall. They might not look exactly like summer, but September will make them look different and dazzling.
Summer in the same place
Do you have a summer crisis? Blu Iguana’s beach bar is the place to go. Try the s’mores dip on the cafe menu with plenty of summer dishes. The cafe sits on the sand facing the water and there are outdoor seating. There are cocktails for adults and children galore, live music every day, and a playground next to the Beach Bar. Fancy a last summer moment? Gather with family and friends and watch the sunset over the water.
Calendar: Monday to Friday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday noon to 9 p.m., Sunday noon to 8 p.m.
How to find it: 494 Prospect Avenue, Sea Cliff; 516-214-0458; beachbargrillseacliff.com
What it costs: No admission fees
Summer nights are coming to an end, but the stars stay behind. On Friday evenings after Labor Day, admire the night sky through a high-powered telescope at the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium. “This year, the skies of September and October will give us incredible views of Saturn and Jupiter,” explains Dave Bush, director of the planetarium. “We will also be able to see the autumn constellations arriving in the sky, including Pegasus, Pisces and Andromeda.”
Observatory schedule: Fridays, 9 p.m., all year round, depending on the weather. Also recommended: Fridays, 8:00 PM, “Long Island Skies”. Before observing the sky at 9 p.m., an animator will give an overview of what will be seen from the observatory.
How to find it: 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport; 631-854-5579; vanderbiltmuseum.org/vanderbilt-planetarium/vanderbilt-observatory/
What it costs: Entrance to the observatory is free. Long Island Skies Show Tickets: Adults: $ 10, Students / Seniors: $ 9, Children under 12 and Members under 18: $ 8, Children under 2: Free.
Snores on the shore
If you still dream of sleeping on the beach after Labor Day, hop aboard a ferry from Patchogue to Fire Island and enjoy safari-style glamping at Watch Hill Fire Island Campground. Each safari tent is waterproof and mounted on a wooden platform. The tent includes queen-size beds, dresser, table and chairs, linens, blankets, solar lights and lanterns. Owner Lee Biviano says, “Watch Hill is like a diamond in the rough. Few people know it. In the fall, there are more opportunities to see deer, rabbits and birds migrating because it is quieter. vibrant and the air looks like a crisp autumn. “
Calendar: Seven safari tents can be rented during the Columbus Day weekend. Make a reservation at lovefins.com/glamping
How to find it: 150 West Ave., Patchogue (ferry); 631-597-6074
What it costs: See website for various rates after September 7 (shoulder season)
“The Custer Observatory is open to the public year round every Saturday evening from dusk to midnight to observe the stars,” said Anne Spooner, President of the Observatory. “Staff provide guided tours of the night sky through powerful telescopes (weather permitting) into the historic observation dome and other ground observation stations on site. As summer ends and as autumn approaches, a new host of heavenly wonders adorn the night sky. ” This includes the Orionid meteor shower in October. There are several programs including International Observe the Moon Night on October 16 at 7 p.m.
Calendar: Open to the public all year round, from Saturday evening until midnight.
How to find it: Bayview Main Road, Southold; 631-765-2626; custerobservatory.org
What it costs: Suggested donation is $ 5 for adults, $ 3 for children under 12
Daytime animal drama
After Labor Day, you can always check out what the animals are up to at The Long Island Game Farm. Director Melinda Novak said that “Gibbon June (little monkey) really looks like it is. Let’s keep our fingers crossed.” In the fall, new personalized encounters with animals will be offered to visitors. In winter, the game farm will be open for the first time on a limited basis on weekends.
Calendar: After Labor Day, open Thursday to Sunday until the end of October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How to find it: 489, boulevard Chapman, Manorville; 631-878-6644; longislandgamefarm.com
What it costs: See website for admission (around $ 24) and activity rates
Summer scene until Halloween
During the second week of November, keep climbing through insane gear at WildPlay Jones Beach with ziplines, obstacles, and platforms above the beach. WildPlay Park Manager Adam Karp said, “We’re having my favorite Halloween event… the zipline pumpkin throw. very special in the fall, and it’s a climber’s favorite season thanks to the cool breezes. “
Calendar: After Labor Day, open Thursday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In October, the hours change from Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The park closes in November.
How to find it: Walk to Jones Beach, Wantagh; 855-330-0123; wildplay.com/jones-beach
What it costs: Prices start at $ 44.99.
If you’re in the mood for waves, Jones Beach will be open after Labor Day. Although lifeguards are not on duty for swimming, playgrounds will be open for mini-golf, paddleball, shuffle ball, corn hole, table tennis and volleyball.
Fall schedule: After Labor Day, the beach will be open on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Access to the beach closes on October 31.
How to find it: 2400 Ocean Parkway Wantagh; 516-785-1600; parks.ny.gov/parks/jonesbeach
What it costs: See website for various activity fees.
Shine, roast and soar
In the fall, on the Ninja Warrior-style course at Long Island Adventure Park, continue through treetops as you climb through high ropes and obstacles. “Fall climbing is beautiful in the park when the leaves change,” says Candie Fisher, vice president of sales and marketing. “We will also be hosting fall-themed Glow in the Park events on Saturday nights, including a Halloween Glow.” Every Friday night, roast marshmallows with friends and family at the Community Fireplace. Bring your own marshmallows or buy a s’mores kit and roasting stick in the park.
Calendar: Sept. 7 to Nov. 7: Friday 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
How to find it: 75 Colonial Springs Road, Wheatley Heights; 631-983-3844; myadventurepark.com/location/wheatley-heights-ny
What it costs: Prices vary
All summer attractions at Bayville Adventure Park will be open the weekend after Labor Day. So, bumper boats, mini-golf, rock climbing, the amusement house, arcade and bungee jumping will remind us of summer. The popular Beach Bucket Sundae is also still in the Cream Lounge. Five scoops of ice cream and six toppings are thrown into a plastic beach bucket with a shovel. Wear it across the street and eat it on the beach. On September 24, the park moves to Bayville Scream Park with all the Halloween attractions.
Calendar: Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
How to find it: 8 Bayville Avenue, Bayville; 516-624-7433; bayvilleadventurepark.com
What it costs: See website for various activity fees.
Roller coaster ride
You can still scream over Turbulence in Adventureland. The amusement park is open on weekends and public holidays until the end of October. Director Jeanine Gentile said: “As the weather gets colder some water rides might not open, but we are trying to keep everything going as long as possible. Favorite snacks like funnel cakes and cotton candy are also summer reminders. On October 23 and 24, Adventureland moves on to a Pumpkin Park event. “We use vendors and the kids can go out to play or get treatment in a super safe environment,” says Gentile.
Calendar: After Labor Day: Open weekends and public holidays until the end of October. Opens at 11 a.m. Closing times vary, but not before 5 p.m.
How to find it: 2245 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale; 631-694-6868; Adventureland.us
What it costs: Admission starts at $ 29.99; children 1 year and under: free
There’s a lot going on at the Long Island Aquarium. The only activities that will be closed are the Snorkel Tank and the Mermaid Swim. The Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat will continue on weekends until October. “Visiting during the week, when school starts, almost ensures a private experience,” says Darlene Puntillo, aquarium marketing director. “This is a great opportunity for the elderly or parents with young children to enjoy the aquarium when it is a little quieter.”
Calendar: After Labor Day: Open weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: 431 E. Main St., Riverhead; 631-208-9200; longislandaquarium.com
What it costs: Entrance tickets start at $ 27.99. Children under 2: free