16 Stops To Make On Long Island This Summer

16 Stops To Make On Long Island This Summer

Long Island's summer bucket list.

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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7 Most Beautiful Backwater Destinations in Kerala

7 The Best Popular Backwater Destinations in Kerala which will rejuvenate your energy and mind

The spectacular land of Kerala is considered one of the most attractive and amazing natural beauties of India. A treasure house of enchanting tourist attractions, Kerala will certainly be your favourite place when you are planning for some rejuvenating and refreshing holidays. Kerala is thronged with lush greeneries, pristine beaches, stunning hill stations, bird sanctuaries, wildlife, and rich traditional heritage. Although all the attractions are astounding and compelling, the charm of Kerala backwater is simply enthralling and captivating and the most attractive thing among all.

Kerala backwaters are the major tourist attractions in the state and they are applauded by most of the people. It consists of 900 km long interconnected water bodies like rivers, lakes and inlets. In this festive season, if you are planning for a family holiday or even for romantic holidays, then it would be a prudent decision for you to go for a Kerala backwater tour as this trip provides you with an opportunity to feel the magic of the mysterious backwaters of Kerala and enjoy the serenity utterly. 

Here, we are mentioning 7 best popular backwater destinations in Kerala which will rejuvenate your energy and mind.

  1. Alleppey backwater: Alleppey is indubitably the most popular backwater destinations in Kerala and is a visual treat to all the travellers who want to enjoy the celestial beauty of nature with their family and loved ones. Alleppey or Alappuzha is affectionately known as “Venice of the east” for its cherubic beauty. Alleppey is famous for its houseboats which will give an opportunity to explore this backwater in a deeper way. The houseboats are decorated and are adorned with all the latest facilities like a/c, spacious bedrooms, living area, a sundeck, a fully equipped kitchen and many more things. Many houseboat tour operators used to captivate the travellers with some exciting Alleppey houseboat packages so that the tourists can enjoy their tour wholeheartedly. The cruise ride will give you the real experiences of village life and scenic beauty. The core attraction of this place is the snake boat races that are organized here every year on the occasion of Onam to give an intriguing treat to the tourists. Your Kerala trip will be incomplete if you don’t go for Kerala houseboat packages that are offered by the tour operators. 
  2. Kumarakom backwater: This is basically a group of small islands that are located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake. This stupendous backwater destination is famous for roundabout lagoons, coconut trees, unending rows of waterways, and canals fringed by paddy fields. This is a perfect holiday destination for those who want a break from their hectic life and want to enjoy the tranquillity of nature. The beautiful landscapes and mesmerising backwater make this place a perfect holiday destination for the honeymoon couple. Many houseboats also operate on this backwater route to entertain the customers. You can find both deluxe and luxury houseboats here as per your budget and trip plan. A houseboat cruise on this backwater lake provides wonderful opportunity to see the lots of bird species of Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary
  3. Kottayam backwaters: Kottayam is another popular tourist attractions in Kerala. Kottayam is crammed with backwater stretches, verdant paddy fields, extensive rubber plantations and any exquisite highlands which make this place an ideal choice for a travel destination. The eminent Vembanad Lake constitutes Kottayam's magnificent backwaters, a famous tourist attraction. This place is best known as the land of three Ls - Lakes, Latex and Letters. This backwater destination also provides the tourists to indulge themselves with the beautiful sceneries of nature. Apart from serene backwaters, there are many worthy places like St. Mary's Church, St. Joseph's Monastery and Ettumanoor Shiva temple that you can’t miss during your Kottayam tour.
  4. Kozhikode: Earlier, this place is known as Calicut and is one of the pre-eminent backwater destinations in Kerala. This is the place where the famous explorer, Vasco Da Gama landed in 1498 and discovered India for the rest of the world. During the British epoch, Calicut was an important trade place because, from this place, they used to connect with the countries of Arab. The serene backwaters of Kozhikode promise you enchanting holiday experiences. You will also get an opportunity to explore and sail on the Kallai River and Canoli canal on your Kozhikode backwaters tour. Apart from backwaters, there is also a Kadalundi bird sanctuary which is an ideal place for the bird vehement persons. There are also other major attractions such as Pazhassirajah museum, art gallery, and Kappad beach.
  5. Kollam backwaters: The most spectacular and amazingly beautiful Kollam backwaters cover around the most area of this city. Kollam Backwaters is popular for its marine and cashew industries. The travellers can take a regular ferry ride from Kollam to Alappuzha and explore the very facet of the backwater. The total journey takes nearly 9 hours and the entire trip is very exhilarating and relaxing. You can enjoy the beauty of the lake, canal, exotic flora and fauna. The astonishing temples of Kollam are designed in the most traditional styles and are very delightful to watch. The most popular Ashthamudi Lake is the gateway to the magnificent Kollam backwaters. the famous Chinese nets (Cheenavala) are inevitably associated with the history of Kollam.
  6. Kochi backwaters: This is the most sought-after backwater destination in Kerala. Kochi is also known as the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". This immaculate backwater site is visited by a chunk of tourists in every year who want to enjoy the silence and repose of this backwater site. The Kochi Backwaters is one the popular port city in the subcontinent area of India. Kochi was ruled by several dynasties (the Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and the British) and every one has left their own symbol and identity. The key attractions that will excite you are Dutch Palace, Chottanikkara temple, Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls, and the ancient Roman Catholic Church of Edapalli Perunnal.
  7. Kassargod backwaters: Kassargod is known as the land of seven languages and seven cultures. This is situated in the northern district of Kerala. This place is blessed with 12 rivers that are flowing through its plains. Here, you can also get a chance to ride on the houseboats and explore the places like Bekal fort. You can also give a treat to yourself by visiting some amazing places like Pallikere and Kappil beach.

The backwaters are an imperative part of Kerala and the above, we mentioned the most popular backwater destinations in Kerala. If you are planning to  Enjoy your Honeymoon in Kerala. Honeymoon packages in kerala houseboat could be the big hamper on your date with the loved one.         

couple houseboat with exciting packages equipped with cruise opens up with a range of luxury facilities. 

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I Hopped Across The Pond And Found 5 Things That Are Different In Liverpool, England Than In The U.S.A.

You rarely receive a lot of ice in your drink (if any).

Coming to England, I thought the transition would be easy and that England would be similar to the United States since they also speak English. Boy, was I wrong. Here are 5 of the many things that are different in Liverpool, England compared to the United States.

1. Cross walk

In America, we call them crosswalks. In England, they are called zebra crossings (pronounced zeb-ra, not zeebra). You'll see signs all over the place saying "zebra crossing" and, apparently, that doesn't mean it is a place for zebras to cross the road. It is a place for humans to cross the road and is called that because the road is black and the lines are white, to make it look like a zebra.

2. They drive on the left side of the road.

Cars drive on the right side of the road so make sure you look the correct way before crossing. Jaywalking is not illegal here, but cars do not stop. You also can't make a turn at a red light, even if there aren't any cars coming. You can park facing whichever direction you choose on whichever side of the road, just make sure you are parked on the sidewalk instead of the actual road. This is because the roads are very skinny here.

3. You rarely receive a lot of ice in your drink (if any).

England doesn't have sodas besides Fanta Orange, Coke, Diet Coke, Dr. Pepper, and Mt. Dew. Free refills are not a thing anywhere in England besides Nandos. Therefore they don't give you very much ice or no ice at all because then you get less soda and it dilutes your drink. They'd much rather drink a warm coke with more soda in the cup, than a cold coke with less soda in the cup.

4. Everything at McDonald's is supersized here.

At McDonald's, everything is bigger here than in the U.S. For example, a medium coke in England is the equivalent to a large coke in the United States while a kids coke in England is the equivalent of a regular drink in the United States.

5. The police do not carry guns, therefore, the general public also does not carry guns.

The biggest difference I've noticed between the United States and England is the lack of guns everywhere I go. In fact, I haven't seen a single gun since I've been here, not even on a police officer. Back home, I see them everywhere.

Cover Image Credit: Neil Martin

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