Seven Places You Need To Go On Long Island This Summer

Seven Places You Need To Go On Long Island This Summer

If you haven't been to these places on Long Island you're missing out.
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Summer is the best time of the year. The weather is beautiful, no homework or papers to do, and a lot of free time on your hands. Not only is Long Island my home, but it is the best place to be during the summer.

The north and south coasts of Long Island are about 40 minutes apart, and the Island is extremely expansive, spanning about three hours from east to west. I know a large portion of UMD students are from Long Island, or have friends who are, so I suggest you take advantage of it.

The North Shore



All along the northern coast of Long Island are bays, villages and other attractions. Towns such as Huntington, Northport and Cold Spring Harbor in Suffolk Country, and Oyster Bay, Manhasset and Port Washington in Nassau County are just a few. Each town has its own character and attractions, including countless restaurants, shops, bars, waterfronts and private bay parks.

The North Fork



Part of the North Shore, yet way out east on the Island, the North Fork is very different than the rest. It is the "upper fin" of the fish-like shape of Long Island, and it is abundant with wineries, vineyards, farms, small towns and bays. While there you can go on wine tours, go fishing, crabbing and clamming, and visit the several seafood restaurants in the towns.

The beaches

The southern coast is abundant with beaches. From Brighton Beach (Brooklyn) all the way out to Montauk Point, there are public and private beaches. The largest among them are Long Beach, Jones Beach, Robert Moses Beach, Fire Island and the Hamptons. All are unique in their own way, but all are beautiful.

Fire Island



One of the main beaches I spoke about is also home to one of the most unique places in Long Island. Fire Island is about a quarter of a mile in width, off the southern coast of Long Island. It can only be accessed by a ferry or boat, and because of this there are no cars. Everyone travels by foot or bike, so it gives the unique community a sort of peacefulness and old-time feel. It consists of a small, beautiful village on the northern part, and beach houses all along the island down to the southern beach. It is one of the most amazing places I have ever been, and there is a lot to do there. You can take a day trip, get food, go to the beach and check out the shops, and even rent a hotel and go to the several bars.

Montauk


Montauk Point is one of the most famous places on Long Island. Located at the easternmost tip of the Island, it is known for its lighthouse and tranquil beach, as well as the town. The lighthouse is a large tourist spot, since it is the fourth oldest lighthouse in the United States, and is quite a sight.

The Hamptons



The Hamptons are another famous part of Long Island, and probably best known for being inhabited by many celebrities throughout the summer. The large majority of the South Fork is dominated by the several towns in the Hamptons, and it is comprised by many beach communities, bars, restaurants and enormous estates and private beaches. Definitely worth a day trip.

Music venues

Long Island is home to several, somewhat underrated, music venus that feature many major artists and performances. I'll list the main venues you should attend.

Nikon Theater at Jones Beach



My favorite venue, it is located right on the water, and can even be attended by boat. With extremely affordable tickets, and multiple great concerts of all genres, I strongly suggest you attend.

Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum




Soon to be extinct, the age of this venue gives it a lot of character. What used to be the home of the New York Islanders, the coliseum hosts many good concerts, and it is located in the heart of Nassau County.

NYCB Theater at Westbury



Unique for its circular, rotating stage, NYCB is a very nice theater. The seating is set up in a circle, so that the rotating stage can reach all of the audience. This theater attracts a surprisingly popular list of performers.

The Paramount



Located in the heart of Huntington Village, this theater is in perfect location for a nice meal and a walk in the Village before the show. It was recently renovated, and is unique for its open floor setup.

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7 Signs You're From the 732

Only the best part of New Jersey.
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If you're from New Jersey, you know how badly the state's looked down upon by outsiders (thanks a lot, Jersey Shore). But you know that all of those false accusations aren't true- the Garden State is your home and only you're allowed to make fun of it. Although Jersey's small, there are different regions and everyone thinks that their's is the best. Here are seven signs you're from the 732, AKA the best part of Jersey:

1. You know that Central Jersey is a place.

One of the biggest arguments is whether or not Central Jersey exists. I live in the middle of New Jersey, so it's pretty funny when people say it's not a real place. I'm not from South Jersey, and definitely not from North Jersey. Also, it's close to both Philadelphia and New York, not just one or the other. Perfect location.

2. Everywhere you go, you see a Wawa.

Legit everywhere, and you go there 24/7. All hail the holy grail.

3. Surf Taco means a lot to you.

Every time I come home from being away at school the first place I go to eat with my friends is Surf Taco. Even when I am home, Surf Taco's always on my mind. Who doesn't love a good taco with chips? P.S. I highly recommend their Teriyaki Chicken Taco, you won't regret it.

4. You go to all the summer concerts.

There's really nothing more fun than summer shows outside, and you already know that PNC Bank Arts Center and Stone Pony Summer Stage are the hot-spots. 'Tis the season of tailgating and enjoying a good show with your friends.

5. Two words: Pork. Roll.

I don't care what Chris Christie has to say, it's pork roll. Quite honestly, Taylor Ham just doesn't sound right. And what's better than a pork roll egg n' cheese on your favorite bagel? Nothing.

6. You live close to the beach...

Spring Lake, Manasquan, Asbury, you name it. You know these areas and where all of the good food spots are in each of them. Living so close to the beach makes for the perfect summers, but with summer comes the bennies.

7. ...So you can easily spot a benny.

If you're from Jersey and you don't know what a benny is, you most likely are one. Bennies usually come in packs; they bring lawn chairs and tents to the beach, wear socks and sandals, and have the "Jersey accent" because they're either from New York or close to.


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5 Great Things About The Holiday Season In South Florida

Who said you can't go to the beach in the middle of December?

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This is my first holiday season in college, and I have many friends who have come here to Florida Gulf Coast from out of state. I am an in-state student coming from Palm Beach, FL, where the sun is out year-round, and we take the boat out on Christmas evening. Peers from Chicago or New Jersey have asked me how it feels during the holiday season, and even though we don't have snow or a stash of sweaters to whip out from the back of our closet, we do have beautiful weather and many exciting events around the state that make the holidays in SoFlo very special.

Here are 5 things to look forward to in South Florida this holiday season!

1. Year-round Warm Weather!

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2. Christmas at Disney World!

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According to a Walt Disney Resort blog, Disney displayed nearly 8.5 million Christmas lights throughout the season, around 1,300 wreaths, and about 171.6 MILES of ribbon. Talk about dedication.

3. Beachy, Coastal Decorations!

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From Christmas lights on palm trees to stockings hanging from the hurricane shutters, Floridians certainly have a way of putting their own spin on their holiday decor.

4. Wealthy Areas Who Get Extra AF

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As many know, South Florida is a big hub for retirees. With that being said, a good amount of folk have a grand amount of time to decorate for the holiday season. Many neighborhoods collaborate and create a magical walkway for all to stroll through and enjoy beautiful lights.

5. Tropical Santas!

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This picture honestly says it all.

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