How many of these ultimate Long Island summer activities have you done?

Everyone has their own idea of ​​an ideal summer day on Long Island, whether it’s spending time in the sand at your favorite beach or enjoying the open waters en route to Fire Island. How many of these summer activities worthy of a to-do list help shape yours?

1. Walk your favorite beach promenade

A typical evening is spent picking a walk and taking a walk. If your favorite is Jones Beach, you can play on the playgrounds. If your evenings bring you to Long Beach, you bring your bike or go to a restaurant.

Just over two miles long, the Long Beach Boardwalk is a free and easy way to stroll along the beach without getting sand in your shoes. Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

2. Take a photo in front of the Big Duck

On your way to the East End you should always stop for a photo in front of the Big Duck. It was originally built in 1931. (1012 NY-24, Flanders)

The Big Duck in Flanders sits in the sun.

The Big Duck in Flanders sits in the sun. 1 credit

3. Try a wine flight on the North Fork

Your flight options are plentiful on North Fork. Whether you prefer reds or whites, you sip Long Island-produced wine at one of the many wineries such as Osprey’s Dominion (44075 Main Rd., Peconic), which has ample outdoor space, or at Rose Hill Vineyards (2000 Oregon Rd., Mattituck).

It's wine time.  A trip to the North Fork...

It’s wine time. A trip to the North Fork is a summer must-do. Credit: Jeffrey Basinger

4. Take the ferry to Fire Island

From family-friendly spots to lively bars and restaurants, discover what each Fire Island community has to offer.

Aboard the Fire Island Ferry to Ocean Beach Brian...

Aboard the ferry from Fire Island to Ocean Beach Brian Shea, Larchmont takes a selfie with his family. Credit: Daniel Goodrich

5. Eat burgers in the car at All American

A burger, hot dog, shake, fries or a knish – eat one or more on the street at All American Hamburger Drive-In in Massapequa (4286 Merrick Rd.).

People dine under the iconic neon lights of the famous...

People dine under the iconic neon lights of Long Island’s famous All American Hamburger Drive-In in Massapequa. Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

6. Cool off at a water park

Take the kids to cool off at a local water park for the afternoon and have fun too. Splish Splash in Calverton plans to revamp a super slide this season.

Sadie Rose walks through Wantagh Park water park in...

Sadie Rose walks through Wantagh Park water park in Wantagh. Credit: Howard Schnapp

7. See a movie under the stars

Outdoor or drive-in movies are a summer tradition for those who enjoy watching an outdoor movie with the whole family.

8. Watch the Bethpage Air Show

The United States Navy Blue Angels are fan favorites at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach. This year’s show will include appearances from the Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Team, Mike Goulian and his Cirrus aerobatic plane, female aerobatic pilot Jessy Panzer, Long Island aerobatic star David Windmiller and the American Airpower Museum Warbirds. It takes place on May 28 and 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Blue Angels take flight during a rehearsal...

The Blue Angels take flight during a rehearsal for the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach in 2018.
Credit: Barry Sloan

9. Treat yourself to Italian ice cream

It’s an after-dinner specialty or a treat hanging by the pool. You usually drop by Ralph’s, Rita’s or whatever ice cream shop you prefer.

Watermelon ice cream from Ralph's Italian Ices.

Watermelon ice cream from Ralph’s Italian Ices. Credit: @jojoeatsli

10. Strike a pose at a lavender farm

Snap a photo while lounging in the colorful chairs surrounded by lavender in full bloom at Lavender by the Bay in East Marion (7540 Main Rd.).

Make your choice or stop at the 20 locations presented...

Take your pick or stop at the 20 locations featured on a self-guided North Fork hike to learn how farms and food suppliers do their jobs. Credit: Randee Daddona

11. Go out to the ball game

Root, root, root for the hometown of Long Island Ducks at Fairfield Properties Ballpark, formerly Bethpage Ballpark (3 Court House Dr., Central Islip). Tickets for the 2022 season start at $15 per game.

Long Island Ducks mascot QuackerJack appears at a rally to...

The Long Island Ducks mascot, QuackerJack, appears at a rally to celebrate the Long Island Ducks. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

12. Camp at the beaches of Wildwood or MTK

Become one with nature and spend a summer weekend camping in Wildwood at Wading River or on the beaches of Montauk.

Destiny Mejia, left, Rafael Torres, Brianna Cruz, Alisa Oppenheimer and...

Destiny Mejia, left, Rafael Torres, Brianna Cruz, Alisa Oppenheimer and Marissa Oppenheimer toast marshmallows outside their glamping cabin at Wildwood State Park in Wading River. Credit: Johnny Milano

13. Host your own Riverhead Shark Week

Experience the thrill of seeing sharks behind the glass at the Long Island Aquarium (431 E. Main St., Riverhead).

The Long Island Aquarium and Exposition Center in Riverhead.

The Long Island Aquarium and Exposition Center in Riverhead. Credit: Randee Daddona

14. Surf Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk

Take a ride to this hotspot on the Montauk Peninsula, with both active waves and non-rocky sand (18 Ditch Plains Rd., Montauk).

Montauk's Connie Sargent goes surfing at...

Montauk’s Connie Sargent goes surfing at Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk. Credit: Randee Daddona

15. Cheer on your favorite horse at Belmont

Racing takes place at the 90,000 seat Belmont Park track in Elmont where American Pharoah (2015) and Justify (2018) won the Triple Crown (2150 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont).

16. Climb Montauk Point Lighthouse

Visit this National Historic Landmark, built in 1796, and climb the 128 steps of the spiral staircase to the Guard Bridge 86 feet in the air to admire the view (2000 Montauk Hwy., Montauk).

The Montauk Point Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark...

Montauk Point Lighthouse is a National Historic Landmark commissioned by George Washington and built in 1796. Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

17. Peek at a Gold Coast mansion

Gatsby-era splendor lives on in luxury properties open to the public, including Mill Neck Manor, a neo-Tudor mansion and former home of Robert and Lillian Dodge built in 1923, on 86 acres overlooking Long Island Sound or the castle from Oheka, Otto Hermann Kahn’s 109,000-square-foot, 127-room estate in Cold Spring Harbor (40 Frost Mill Rd., Mill Neck; 135 West Gate Dr., Huntington).

Oheka Castle in Huntington, built by financier and philanthropist Otto...

Oheka Castle in Huntington, built by financier and philanthropist Otto Hermann Kahn, was “Xanadu” in the opening of the classic 1941 film, “Citizen Cane.” Credit: Oheka Castle

18. Take your pup to a dog park

Your furry friend roams freely at Eisenhower Park Dog Park in East Meadow (576 Salisbury Park Dr.), Eugene Nickerson Beach Park Dog Park in Lido Beach (880 Lido Blvd.) or Tully Dog Park in New Hyde Park where there’s artificial turf, fine gravel, a water station, and play equipment such as tunnels and jumping obstacles (211 Denton Ave.).

19. Go crabbing and clam fishing

Grab a long-handled net and the appropriate permit and go to a wharf that allows you to search for crabs. Northwest Harbor in East Hampton, for example, requires a permit.

Stephen Curti of St. James holds his bounty of clams...

Stephen Curti of St. James holds his earned clam bounty after a short time spent collecting clams at Stony Brook Harbor in St. James. Credit: Daniel Brennan

20. Satisfy your lobster roll craving

End your summer with a bite of a delicious seasonal lobster roll from one of Long Island’s seafood shacks – everyone’s got a favorite.

Hot Connecticut lobster roll with tarragon citrus butter, coleslaw...

Hot Connecticut lobster roll with citrus tarragon butter, coleslaw and julienne fries at Lazy Lobster in East Rockaway. Credit: Daniel Brennan

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