16 Stops To Make On Long Island This Summer

16 Stops To Make On Long Island This Summer

Long Island's summer bucket list.
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Long Island is full of fun and exciting places to explore. If you like to try new things and are up for an adventure, take a look at these 16 stops to make on Long Island during summer 2016. Here are just a few of the many amazing hot-spots the Island has to offer, and if you have been to any of them, you can agree they are a must see. I hope you’re hungry because I had to throw in a few fan favorite eateries as well.

1. Flo’s Luncheonette

Since 1926, Flo’s Luncheonette has been serving burgers and shakes to countless beach goers. This cute snack shack makes spending the day at Corey Beach super sweet. Flo’s have numerous flavors of ice cream that can be scooped into a cup or cone and even blended into a signature shake. Although I had to mention dessert first, Flo’s does have a large menu that everyone will surly find a favorite on. Sadly they are only open during the summer season, so make your way down to this adorable and delicious luncheonette the next time you have a sunny day off from work.

302 Middle Rd, Blue Point, NY 11715

2. Avalon State Park & Preserve

This park is the place to let your adventurous side shine through. There are acres of land to explore with countless walking and biking trails. Don’t worry, you can pick up a map in the office if your sense of direction is just as bad as mine. Enjoy all the blooming flowers and landscapes of some of the most well preserved land on Long Island. Dogs are welcome so you can bring your best friend or your other best friend.

Harbor Rd, Stony Brook, NY 11790

3. Little Vincent’s Pizzeria

With three amazing locations and open hours as late as 2 a.m., there is never a bad time to crave pizza. Little Vincent’s is a Long Island favorite, dishing out Neapolitan pies and their specialty cold-cheese slices. Each pie is made fresh for you upon order and is overwhelmingly delicious. The crust is always crispy and the cheese is, well, the cheesiest. When you are out late with your friends and diner just isn’t cutting it anymore, head over to Little Vincent’s. You will not be disappointed.

329 New York Ave, Huntington, NY 11743

1399 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

324 Smithtown Blvd, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779

4. Pirates Cove

If you want to have a little escape this is the hide away for you. This is one of Long Island’s best kept secrets and is a little hard to find but once you find it you’ll never want to leave. This is the place you want to be to watch the sunrise and sunset everyday this summer. Bring your friends and stargaze all night at this hidden treasure overlooking Port Jeff Harbor.

617 N Bicycle Path #11, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776

5. Toast Coffee House

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it can also be your favorite meal of the day if you have it at Toast. This cute little coffee shop blows away any Starbucks in your neighborhood. Toast is a unique hang out that serves up some of the most mouthwatering breakfast. Have you ever thought of putting cookie dough and pancakes together? Because they have and let me tell you, it is heavenly. Don’t worry they have healthy options too! They also specialize in organic omelets!

242 E Main St, Port Jefferson, NY 11777

6. Long Island Game Farm

Founded in 1970 the Long Island Game Farm is home to a verity of wild life animals. People travel to the farm to get a firsthand look at some of the worlds most loved creatures. Giraffes, lemurs, camels, ostriches and zebras are just some of the animals you will have opportunity to see at the game farm. There are shows daily and a café for you and the family to get a bite to eat and maybe after you can hand feed a giraffe.

489 Chapman Blvd, Manorville, NY 11949

7. Magic Fountain

This barn-shaped ice cream shop will surely catch your eye as you drive by but once you taste their original flavors it will capture your heart too. The Magic Fountain was once a Dairy Queen, but in 1977 it became home to some of the most delectable treats you will ever eat. With over 35 different flavors of homemade ice cream choosing which to get will seem impossible. For those that don’t like to choose, much like me. I recommend “Lots of stuff”, a mixture of vanilla ice cream, cookie dough pieces, brownie bites, m&m’s and hot fudge swirls. You will not leave hungry because the quantity of their ice cream is just as great as the quality of their ice cream.

9825 Main Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952

8.United Skates Of America Roller Rink

If you’re like me and constantly feel as if you were born in the wrong era check out this hot-spot. The United Skates of America is an indoor roller rink for all ages. You can rent roller blades or roller skates and glide the night away listening to today’s hit and even some oldies. If you don’t know how to roller skate don’t sweat it, no one really does. There are themed parties open to the public and all you can eat pizza!

9. Dinner by the Sea

Life is much more exciting when you live it in color and diner by the sea offers you every color of the rainbow in their famous milkshakes and even in their pancakes. Each milk shake is a world of colors and sweet in every sip. They would not be complete without whipped cream and a prize. Yes, every milkshake has a prize and yes, you can be excited about it even if you are an “adult”.

260 E Park Ave, Long Beach, NY 11561

10. Jones Beach Theater

If you have never seen a concert at Jones Beach, you have to open a new tab and purchase tickets now! This theater has 15,000 seats and host some of the most memorable concerts. Artists such as Jimmy Buffet, Rascal Flatts, Florida Georgia Line and Wiz Khalifa will all be performing this summer. Radio stations like 106.1 BLI and Billboard Hot 100 also bring your favorite performers to Jones Beach in concert series. You will have a blast. Grab your friends and a light jacket, it can get windy.

1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh, NY 11793

11. Crazy Beans

If you love coffee and mason jars, this is the place for you. Crazy beans is the perfect place to grab breakfast or lunch. How about brunch? The atmosphere gives you a 50’s diner feel with black and white tile floor and bright red walls. They offer a wide range of just about everything but the most impressive verity they offer is that of lattes. There are about 30 different flavors, now that’s alotta latte. If you order one don’t forget to Instagram a picture of your mason jar topped with whipped cream to the sky.

465 NY-25A, Miller Place, NY 11764

97 Main St, Stony Brook, NY 11790

12. Planting Fields Arboretum

409 acres of pure beauty is waiting to be explored at Planting Fields Arboretum. There are historic buildings, landscapes, rolling lawns, formal gardens, hiking trails and specimen plantings. The two main green houses at the Arboretum also house some stunning flowers. The land is so magnificent that you will find yourself walking through fields of flowers for hours. Many couples get married on the premises because it is the perfect location for photo-opps.

1395 Planting Fields Rd, Oyster Bay, NY 11771

13. Sag Harbor Observatory

Take stargazing to a whole new level at this state of the art observatory. This is great for all ages and even educational. You can learn about the tides of the ocean and the patterns of the water while having fun. If you live in a high populated area, the observatory is perfect for finally seeing all the stars the sky is housing.

1115 Main Bayview Rd, Southold, NY 11971

14. Oheka Castle

You may have seen this magnificent castle in Taylor Swift’s music video, Blank Space. Yes, it is on Long Island. Oheka Castle was built in 1919 and resembles what you would imagine after reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby. You can feel like Daisy and Gatsby by wining and dining in the castle and even staying the night if you wish. Not only is the inside mesmerizing but the grounds surrounding it will also make your heart melt. If you could have a fairy tale wedding this would be the place.

135 W Gate Dr, Huntington, NY 11743

15. Cupsogue - Hampton beach

Although you can hit a beach if you drive far enough in any direction on Long Island, this beach is one to visit. Cupsogue is beautiful and has an exclusive feel, you may eve see a Kardashian soaking up the some sun. It's noted for its cleanliness and friendly atmosphere. There are family bathrooms and a beach hut giving you options if you found sand in your sandwich. A live band performs almost every evening and the bar offers both alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks. Their annual sand castle contest is not something you want to miss.

906 Dune Rd, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

16. Montauk Lighthouse

If you have time drive all the way to “The End”. Montauk is home to some of the most popular tourist sites. The light house constructed in 1796 is by far the most beautiful. For only a few dollars you can tour the light house and appreciate its breathtaking view. This historical land mark is a symbol of Long Island and who knows maybe you will run into Billy Joel.

2000 NY-27, Montauk, NY 11954

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved
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To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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5 Ways To Pass The Time On Your Lengthy Road Trip


"Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and enjoy the journey."

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Whether you're driving home for the summer, taking a cross-country road trip with your friends, or driving out-of-state for an internship, the time you spend crammed inside a car can be the death of you as the hours seem to drag on and on. From someone who drove through six states alone in an entire day -over a thousand miles- here are a few things you can do to make the time go faster.

1. Start driving early.

The earlier you start driving, the better. Driving in an unfamiliar place as the day begins to transition from day to night can be a little unsettling; you could get lost by taking the wrong exit or turn, or God forbid you're having car issues and left somewhere dangerous, or you need a bathroom break and are forced to pull up to a gas station that's straight out of a scary movie. When you're driving and the day starts getting darker, you become more exhausted than before.

2. Listen to audiobooks.

A concept: the book you never got to read during the semester because you were too busy with your other classes but it's read by your favorite author in audio format to kill at least a good four hours (or more depending on the book) during your road trip.

3. Listen to podcasts.

There is a podcast for everyone and everything, I promise. When you find the one podcast that speaks to you, it is a never-ending rabbit hole from there and you'll end up wishing your road trip was longer.

4. Get some snacks.

Stopping anywhere other than a fast food joint can delay your trip and the fast foods available to us aren't always the best options. Be sure to pack your favorite snacks or even your favorite easy homemade meal. If you're going to stop for a break, make the time well-spent by eating something you actually enjoy and you'll feel good to drive for another few hours.

5. Create a hit music playlist.

No road trip would be complete without a playlist compiled of your favorite jams to get you by. Take the time to explore new genres or nostalgic classics.

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