I take my dogs here all the time. This park is huge, I think around 640 acres, and super dog friendly. They have a fenced in dog park that is separated into two parts for big and little dogs. It’s not every day that you can take off your dog’s leash and let him run around wild with other buddies. Admission to the park is free on the weekday but there is a small fee on the weekends. If you don’t have a dog, you should come here for the rowboats or camping.
This farmhouse used to belong to famed “Leaves of Grass” poet Walt Whitman. Whitman was born in this Long Island-style farmhouse in 1819. Today the home was been transformed into a museum and visitors can tour the home and view a lot of interesting Whitman artifacts. I studied literature in college so visiting this home was particularly neat for me. I enjoyed looking through his old letters and manuscripts. Definitely a great place for anyone with appreciation for poetry and/or literature.
Tilles is a great place for exceptional live theater and music on the C.W. Post campus. I probably make it to Tilles three times a year on average. It’s a huge theater with around 2,000+ seats available. Although tickets do tend to sell out, it is possible to get good seats on short notice here. Just don't show up thinking you're going to get a seat, this isn't small theater. I’m really looking forward to the Broadway production Hairspray this winter.
Even though you’re right next to the ocean in New York City it’s easy to forget. Once on a family trip to Long Island, we discovered the Riverhead Foundation. From there we took a winter sailing trip out on seas in search of seals and other marine life. It was truly spectacular! We saw a ton of wildlife and most importantly, real seals, bopping out of the water and playing games with each other. It was a great experience for our city children.