My Top 5 New York Summer Excursions

Ally GruberBy Ally Gruber '17 
English and Speech Communications Major 

As college students, the summer is a time for adventure and exploration. It’s the perfect way to visit places you may never have been before and experience sights you don’t have time to see during the school year. Of course, it can be difficult to choose which amazing spots to check out, so here is a list of my top five summer excursions.


Avalon
1. Avalon Park & Preserve, Stony Brook, New York 


Right in the heart of Stony Brook lays this gorgeous public park. There are trails to explore, sculptures to admire, open spaces to picnic in and those who appreciate creativity will enjoy the yarn bombing project covering the trees.


Tanger Outlets
2. Tanger Outlets


With locations in both Deer Park and Riverhead, the outlets are not only accessible, but easily eat up an entire day. There are thousands of shops to choose from that offer severely slashed prices from their traditional retail counterparts. Even if you don’t end up buying anything, just window shopping in these outdoor malls is a day well spent.

 

Fire Island
3. Fire Island, New York


Fire Island is the ultimate beach-lover’s destination with something for everyone. There are historic sites (Fire Island lighthouse), hikes and nature trails, incredible seafood eateries and an insane nightlife scene. 

 

Greenpoint
4. Greenport, New York


While every village throughout Long Island has its charm, Greenport is a fan favorite. There’s an adorable antique carousel, farmer’s market, brewery and vineyards to explore. It’s close to several beaches, features a gorgeous marina and is home to tons of art galleries. Go early for the most amazing sunrise of your life and stay late into the evening enjoying some live music after a delicious, locally-sourced dinner.

 

New York City Summer
5. New York City, New York


The City is conveniently just a train ride away from Long Island. If you like music, food, museums, or basically anything else, you can find something fun (and cheap!) to do across the five boroughs. Go to the box office early to rush a Broadway show and spend the day exploring Central Park. Or catch the E train from Penn Station down to Canal Street for some bargain shopping and awesome food in nearby Chinatown. End your day by walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and watching the sunset in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The opportunities are endless.