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Living Like a Local: Things to Do on Long Island This Summer

Best part of Long Island is that you don’t have to travel very far to feel like you’ve taken a beach vacation!

By Kaitlin Reilly, Temple University.

I’ve lived on Long Island for most of my life, but ever since going away to school in Philadelphia, I’ve come to appreciate summer’s in my hometown even more. Since I’m not home very often, I use this time to take advantage of my hometown. While my town on LI is just a quick train ride away from New York City, sometimes it’s awesome to hang out outside of the bustle of the city. Here’s a list of things that I like to take advantage of during summertime on the island…

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 Hang out at Jones Beach

Whatever beach is your preference, being fifteen minutes away from the beach is one advantage that Long Islanders love. While Long Island is full of beach towns, my personal favorite is Jones Beach/Tobay Beach, where the sand is sandy (not rocky!) and there are plenty of waves to boogie board on.

 Spend the Day in Bayville

Going to Bayville in the summertime always made me feel like I was on a little vacation. The Bayville Amusement Park is a small park with mini-golf that will definitely make you feel like a kid again. Grab some Italian ices and take a walk along the beach, and finish your day chowing down on seafood at one of the many restaurants the town offers.

 Shop at Riverhead Outlets

Shopping is definitely on the agenda for the summer, and the outlets at Riverhead are a fun way to shop while spending a little bit less. Take the expressway all the way to the very end and, after some time, you’ll be at the Riverhead outlets. It’s the best place to do some pre-college shopping, and the summer deals are even better than the ones you get during the year. Make the day of it and you can come back with an amazing haul.

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 Spend a Night Out in Huntington Village

Huntington may have terrible parking but it’s your one stop for fun on a weekend night. With two movie theaters, a music venue, a million restaurants, great bars, and ice cream shoppes, it’s like walking through a small city. Why take your car from one place to the other when Huntington has all you need?

 Attend an “Under the Stars” Event

Long Island parks offer a lot of free “under the stars” events for residents. Some of the most popular are outdoor movies and Billy Joel cover bands (we’re loyal to the locals). Pack a picnic basket and a blanket and lay out underneath the stars – just remember to pack a ton of bug spray.

 Relax in the Hamptons or Montauk for a Weekend

No, the Hamptons are nothing like Revenge makes them out to be (less murder-y, for one) but it’s a great beach town to head to for a weekend. Montauk is another great option for those looking to spend a weekend relaxing on the beach and eating great seafood. Best part of Long Island is that you don’t have to travel very far to feel like you’ve taken a beach vacation!

Kaitlin Reilly

Temple University | 3 stories

Kaitlin Reilly is a senior Media Studies and Production student at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Though she can't wait to get back to the "City of Brotherly Love" in the fall, Kaitlin has spent the past year away from campus, spending the fall semester interning in Los Angeles and the spring semester eating pasta by the Trevi Fountain in Rome. As a student with a passion for writing and college life, she is super excited to join The College Tourist Summer Team.

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