Friday, July 20, 2018

Long Island Tours to Go On

Things to Do About Long Island

From shorebirds, cormorants, cardinals and majestic ospreys to hawks and falcons, Long Island has close to 500 species of birds and is a favorite for birdwatchers. Various sanctuaries dot the landscape on this beautiful island interspaced with wildlife refuges and a few floral parks.

If walking around does not agree with you, cruise through the scenic environment of Stony Brook. 27-passenger pontoon boat cruises through the organization’s 88-acre wetlands preserve for a 90-minute tour. An onboard naturalist describes the wildlife and flora you’ll see.


For the physical fitness fans, available are various bike tours to take you through beautiful routes and get you working out too. From the Mattituck Guided Farm and Wine Country Bike Tour offered by East End Bike Tours to the endurance Montauk and Shelter Island Overnight Bike Tour which comes as part of a package by Gotham Bicycle Tours.


For those who are more adventurous, their tours of the iconic island that can be carried out on foot, car, boats or even helicopters. The tours are not just picturesque; they come loaded with different aspects. History, architecture, nature, and culture come together on Long Island to create the perfect holiday getaway whether you are a local or from out of town.

For the children, the island is home to Adventure Land Amusement Park, or you can tour Deep Hollow Ranch where you get to visit on horseback the serene beaches or go on fun wagon tours.


Ranked among the world's Top 10 Wine regions, Long Island plays host to various wineries, and there packages that will let you see up close how good wine is made. The hotels in Long Island are highly rated, and for the avid traveler, the allure of Long Island is more than just its fame.


For the more refined, Heckscher Museum of Art and the Parrish Art Museum are a must visit, these carry not only history but the pieces on display are breathtaking. You can visit the Montauk Lighthouse, one of the most famous, where you get magnificent views of the ocean. Even the golfer can polish his game while on holiday at the Bethpage State Park which is home to a championship golf course.

Let us know if any of these outside / indoor tours and fun spark any interest! We want to know if you go on any. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Fun Summer Kid Crafts

In the summertime, it can often be difficult to come up with things to do outside. These crafts you can do in the shade outside or in the home with the cool AC. Have fun with it!

With a few basic ingredients, you can make a homemade puffy paint for your kids to play with all day long. 


Puffy Paints
  • All you need is one cup of flour, three teaspoons of baking powder, one teaspoon of salt and enough water to make it liquid like pancake batter. 
  • Mix this solution and place the puffy liquid in four separate bags and put a rubber band on each one. 
  • Use food coloring in each bag and mix them up. 
  • Then, cut off a tiny hole in the other side of the bag and paint away. 


Flubber / Slime

Have you ever wanted to make your own flubber? All you'll need is:

  • 3/4 of a cup of cold water
  • One cup of Elmer's glue
  • Some liquid food coloring
  • Half a cup of hot water
  • Teaspoon of borax


Once you have all the ingredients, you mix the cold water, glue, and food coloring together before, set it aside in a bowl. Then, you mix together the hot water and borax in its own bowl. Once the borax has dissolved, slowly add the glue mixture to the first bowl and mix it well. Afterward, pour off any excess water that may have found its way into the mixture. Once that's done, you'll be ready to play with your new flubber/slime.


Puppets


If neither of those options seems appealing to your kids, you can always try making your own paper bag puppets!

For this, all you need is a paper bag, construction paper, a glue stick, and scissors. With paper bad puppets, there is an endless range fo what your kids can do with the backs. Use the construction paper as teeth, eyes, arms, wings, legs, however they want, this is all about using your imagination.


We hope you pick one of these as a fun to do option with the kiddos during this summer. Let us know if you have any other fun crafting topics you'd like to see us cover. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Where is the Summer Fun in Long Island?

Now that summer is fully here, kids are out of school, and the temperatures are looking to shine on the brighter side, let’s take a look at what is going on around Long Island for the summer of 2018.




Learn to Surf on Long Island -

Have you ever been interested in learning how to ride the waves and cruise with the ocean? Now is your chance. Get out there and grab a board. There are multiple places in LI to learn how to handle the waves. The name of the shops is Skudin Surf, Bunger Surf Shop, Island Surf School, Natures Shapes, SURFLUCA. Here is a website to check out to see each of their prices and locations. Get out there and get fit! It’s also a great summer workout. https://www.longisland.com/news/06-22-14/learn-to-surf-on-long-island.html

Star Gazing -

Nothing like being outside during the summer night. Why not enjoy some stargazing while you’re out? Here are some observatories and parks that currently host stargazing spots. Star gazing gives people an opportunity to reflect and be contemplative about the beauty of nature and the many wonders and mysteries that our universe holds. Take relaxing night outside and enjoy your summer!

Skydiving -

Ever jumped out of a plane and had the ultimate rush from this activity? Now is your chance! Skydive with South Shore aka Skydive Long Island! You have the option to go tandem skydiving, learn from the best before you take to the skies on your own. You actually have to if you ever do want to go on your own. So learn from the best! Take a few lessons this summer and get this one checked off your bucket list already!

Berry Picking -

Ok, so maybe skydiving isn’t your scene, maybe surfing is too much for you, and maybe you’re not a night owl to go outside and see the stars late at night. Here is the pick for you! You can visit these select farms and hang around, take a stroll, and pick your own berries! Blueberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries! You can’t simply grab them from the bush, you will be instructed how to farm these berries properly.


We hope these picks are something you might find interesting. Happy summer Long Island from your friends here at PTRC! We hope you are having a great summer. Let us know if you end up doing any of these things here through Long Island. We would love to hear about your summer adventures.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bagels of Long Island and Where to Find Them

New York is a very special place, it’s one of the places in the world that host the absolute best bagel selections. Let’s take a look at a world of delicious eats. If you’re allergic to gluten, we are sorry! It’s just so delicious though!


Bagel Boss of Hicksville/Plainview -

Bagel boss has every kind of bagel you could imagine. From Cinnamon Raisin and Egg Onion to Honey Whole Wheat. They also carry a full line of bakery goods: croissants, cookies, apple turnovers, Danish, Linzer tarts, rainbow cookies, and much more.




See more on Bagel Boss’ website!


Wally's Bagels of North Babylon -


In 1991 Mr. and Mrs. Wally opened up this business, even though they are not the current forefront owners, it still is run by the family. Bagel types they have are plain, everything, sesame, salt, whole wheat, egg onion, pumpernickel rye, and so on! Wally's also has an assortment of fresh pastries as well to combine with your breakfast.


You can get your breakfast sandwiches on bagels of course, but you also have the option of a roll or bread. Who are we kidding, get it on a bagel of course! Check out this breakfast sandwich from these guys.
 
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See and learn more about Wally’s over on their site. Check out their menu and see more. https://www.wallysbagels.com/

Stuff a Bagel of Farmingdale -


For over 29 years, Stuff A Bagel has been serving the community of Farmingdale amazing dishes. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can swing in for a quality meal and service. Stuff A Bagel bagels are boiled and bakes the old-fashioned way, the family recipe.

For breakfast, lunch, and dinner you’ll have a variety to choose from.

Breakfast sandwiches: ham, egg, cheese on a bagel. Or get ham, bacon, sausage, 2 eggs, cheese on a bagel. Even go for an omelet sandwich.

Lunchtime, get an overstuffed bagel sandwich. Which can be a BLT, grilled cheese with bacon, pastrami melt, bbq chicken sandwich, and much more.




Learn more about Stuff a Bagel by visiting their site today.

We hope we were able to point you in the direction of a new bagel place, have any of you heard about any of these locations? Let us know on Facebook.    

Monday, June 18, 2018

BBQ Places to Eat


Now that summer is approaching, let’s look at some of the coolest places to eat via Trip Advisor throughout Long Island during summer time. Nothing says summertime like being outdoors and being near a grill. Today’s coolest places to eat, BBQ style.



Biscuits & Barbeque

At 85 reviews, sitting at an overall 4.5, we have Biscuits & Barbeque. Located at: 106 E 2nd St, Mineola, NY 11501-3505.

Located in Mineola, this restaurant based off of Authentic Louisiana Southern BBQ. It has entrĂ©s such as smoked BBQ Rubs, BBQ pulled pork, chicken friend beefsteak. Not to mention, this location also hosts a various selection of Po Boys. Check out their website to learn more about their menu option.  http://biscuitsandbarbeque.com

Bobbique

With 116 reviews, at an overall 4.0, located at 70 W Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772-3002
+1 631-447-7744, Bobbique. 

In Patchogue, REAL PIT BARBECUE.  Established June of 2006, Bobbique takes on Southern Barbecue on Long Island. This Southern Pride Pit smokes up to about 700 pounds of meat at a time. Low temps and rotisserie action gives them the perfect smoke. They host BBQ chicken wings, freshly baked jumbo pretzels, BBQ shrimp salads, BBQ chopped brisket sandwiches, pulled pork, full slabs, and much more.

Learn more by visiting their site. This has nothing to do with the food, but they get 5 stars for their killer website.  http://www.bobbique.com/

Smokin' Al's Famous BBQ Joint

With 150, 4.0 reviews, this location of 4847 Merrick Rd, Massapequa Park, NY 11762-3804, is Smokin' Al's Famous BBQ Joint.

A quote from Smokin’ Al himself, “From the Carolinas to Georgia. Tennessee. Kansas City, Florida, California, and Texas, I have come to understand what real barbecue is all about.” Since their 2003 opening in Bay Shore, they have had over 2 million customers. From fried pickles, pork belly ends, to BBQ Shrimp, BBQ sandwiches, quarter pounder burgers, and RIBS RIBS RIBS!, this place has it. Learn more about this location on their site.  http://www.smokinals.com/

We hope you pick one of these locations for your next meal. Let us know how it goes. Get out there are try some new BBQ. If you believe we have missed a location to highlight, let us know and we can highlight it next time!


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Local June Events in Long Island

If you would like to take some time outside or see something indoors, there are plenty of things to do around Long Island this summer. 

Here are some local up and coming events here around Long Island for the month of June!

Art Show, 17th Annual

Local artists will have their nautical pieces on display in the Keepers Quarters at the Lighthouse! Opening reception will be held on June 22nd through to July 16th, from 6pm and on. Learn more about this event by visiting here. 

Singin' In The Rain

This show has been extended through to July 8th! Experience the glamour of Hollywood's golden age with a performance of Singin' In The Rain! Check out more information here about show times. 

Cirque du Soleil VOLTA  

This option is on the pricier side and more of a nice date than family night, from May 17 - July 1st, catch the show of VOLTA. A story about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail. Adventurous spirits mix acrobats and action sports. Visit their page to learn more about this performance.

Stress Relief Saturday

June 30th, 3pm to 430pm, there will be a class at Connetquot Public Library. Join in for a session of relaxing music and motivational music. Refreshments will be served. Learn more here about this event. 

If there are any events you'd like us to talk about or highlight for the people of Long Island, leave us a comment on Facebook so we can share with our audience!

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Summer Outings With The Family


Summer is approaching and we have put together a few places for you and or your family to go and visit nearby.


Montauk Lighthouse, Montauk State Park –

Authorized by President George Washinton in 1792, this is the oldest lighthouse in New York State. As a National Historic Landmark, it is understandably one of the most popular destinations (and picture spots) on Long Island. Paired with the expansive scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s hard to beat. When visiting, you are able to climb to the top, walk the park or visit the museum, which is located in the 1860 keepers’ house.
https://montauklighthouse.com/

Adventureland-

A place for the family, Adventureland has been Long Island's amusement park since 1962. The park offers rides, attractions, games, and more. Located 30 minutes east of New York City, at 2245 Broad Hollow Rd. in Farmingdale, New York Adventureland has something for everyone. Download their Adventureland app or visit the site to learn more about the park. https://adventureland.us/

Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington-

If you or the family are wanting to go to an indoors location, check our the Heckscher Museum of Art. The museum’s permanent collection includes 15-20th century American and European paintings. Visitors have the option to visit and listen in on lectures and events. Be sure to check their site to learn more about their current exhibitions. http://www.heckscher.org/

The Long Island Aquarium-


For another indoor event, take a trip to the Long Island Aquarium. In River, this massive coral reef display, shark tank, and year-round sea lion show attract many visitors. There are chances for up-close and personal experiences with touch tanks and other interactive encounters. Get a selfie with a sea lion and meet some penguins. There is a boat tour down the Peconic River if the weather permits. 
Learn more about the aquarium by visiting: https://www.longislandaquarium.com/ 

Long Island Children's Museum-

Keeping with the theme of staying indoors from the heat, bring the kiddos to the Long Island Children's Museum. This venue hosts 14 interactive hands-on exhibits, live theater, fun art spaces, and many other daily activities. Check their site for the day to day activities and prices.   https://www.licm.org/ 
 

We hope one of these is your pick or maybe even an inspiration for your up and coming summer of fun! Let us know on Facebook where you end up this summer!