(Photo: Garvies Point Museum and Preserve)
With more than 70 parks and recreation facilities, comprising 600 acres, Nassau County is literally full of places to play. Many of the parks have pools--both indoor and outdoor, great playgrounds and winter skating. Others, which we've chosen to feature here, offer some of Long Island's most unique opportunities for recreation. For example, you can visit a
re-creation of a 19th century at the Bethpage Village Restoration where you can purchase a birch beer at an old-time inn, then sit back and enjoy a game of baseball being played 1860's style. Then, travel even further back to a Native American Village at Garvies Point Museum in Glen Cove. You can meet hobbyists from around the world at the tether racetrack or aerodome field at Cedar Creek Park or enjoy what is considered by many to be Long Island's best playground. Families can get fit together at Christopher Morley Parks fitness trail and indulge in some fresh local produce at the farmer's market on Wednesdays. Finally, Nickerson Beach offers visitors .5 mile of oceanfront parkland with plenty of activities for families at the funzone.
Christopher Morley Park
Just north of the Long Island Expressway
With 98 acres this park, located in northern Nassau, this park boasts a recently renovated playground with a non-traditional climbing apparatus, a boat basin designed for model boats, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and tennis. Additionally there are 30 acres of peacefully wooded nature trails and the park hosts a farmer's market on Wednesdays from 7am-1pm mid may-late November. Golfers can enjoy a 9-hole 30 par golf course. Families can get fit along the one-mile fitness trail. There are twenty stops along the trial with equipment and directions that will have you doing pull-ups and balance activities.
Cedar Creek Park
Merrick Road, East of Wantagh Avenue
With an archery range, tether car speedway, an aerodome field for model airplanes as well a playground designated by the Long Island Press as the best on Long Island in 2006 and previously by News 12, and a year-round roller rink, this park is worth a visit. The archery range is free and open to the public from dawn to dusk seven days a week. Archers must bring their own equipment. An Academy of Aeronautics Card is required for a permit to use the aerodome field but spectators are always welcome at no charge. Spectators are also permitted at the tether car racetrack which attracts visitors from all over the world as it is one of the few such tracks in the U.S. Cars reach speeds up to 200 mph.
Nickerson Beach Park
880 Lido Blvd.
Lido, on the Atlantic Ocean
155 acres of recreation, including .5 miles of beachfront on the Atlantic, a fun-zone for kids; which includes a playground, basketball courts, a food concession--open in the summer, and a campground with 74 recreational vehicle sites and 13 sites available for tents. Group area camping is also available and reservations are required. Check their website for more info on their campsites and cabana rental policies.
Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road
Step back in time and visit a re-creation of a 19th century village. The 209 acre village features a variety of homes, shops and businesses. Each fall the village hosts a fall fair with a variety of family friendly activities including midway rides and games a petting zoo as well as old-time games and crafts. On Sundays you can catch a game of baseball 1860's style.
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
50 Barry Drive
Tour through the dioramas illustrating Long Island's geological history as well as Native American archaeology. An interactive exhibit in the back room encourages children to climb aboard an authentic dug out canoe, gather some fish, then pick some corn and other vegetables, place them on the realistic looking fire then head to the inside of the wigwam and enjoy their meal. After touring the museum, visitors can amble out back, enjoy a picnic, identify butterflies in the colorful garden then head down to the beach. A short but steep woodland path will take you down to the rocky shore of long Island Sound. The museum hosts workshops and events all year long, check their website for updates on events.
Originally posted 2013