Monday, March 25, 2019

EcoTourism in Brookhaven Town

EcoTourism in Brookhaven Town

Town of Brookhaven
One Independence Hill
Farmingville, NY 11738
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Long Island Game Farm
Chapman Blvd., Manorville - 631-878-6670
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The Long Island Game Farm Wildlife and Children's Zoo features hundreds of animals, including an 18-foot giraffe, red kangaroos, kinkajous, cougars, Barbados sheep, peacocks, and the only lemurs born and bred on Long Island. The animal collections include both exotic and indigenous breeds. There are various breeds of monkeys, buffalo, colorful parrots, zebra, aoudads, camels, ostrich, alligator, and much more.

Open 7 days a week through Columbus Day, The Long Island Game Farm — Wildlife Park and Children’s Zoo provides an ideal destination for families and school groups. From alligators to zebras, the Game Farm hosts hundreds of animals that visitors can touch and feed. The park also features train and carnival rides. During the summer, the world-renowned “Muttville Comix Canine Comedy Show” with Johnny Peers will come to the 500-seat amphitheater. Five weeks a year, the Game Farm hosts “Camp Zoo,” a weeklong day camp that caters to children ages 4-11.

The petting zoo areas encourage visitors to to pet, cuddle, and bottle feed the baby animals. "Old MacDonald's Farmyard," for example, provides a true barnyard experience where pigs, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and ponies are all within arms reach.

Children can also enjoy one of the carnival-style rides such as the Spinning Teacups, Rio Grande Mini Train or the Antique Carousel. The Game Farm also offers pony rides. There are daily shows and animal activities will round out your day.

Smith Point County Park

Cr-46 Shirley, NY 631-852-1313
Price:$12 nonresidents, $5 residents with Green Key card; seniors free weekdays $5 weekends with Green Key

Smith Point offers campgrounds with tent, trailer, and full hookup sights. Some campers enjoy bay views from their spots and even bring their own jet-skis to ride in the water. A small store, “The Wave Too” sells ice, snacks, beverages, and camping needs. Off-roading is permitted down past the campsites for those with a permit. The beach on the campgrounds is beautiful and quiet for sunbathing, playing in the sand, or just taking in the view, but no swimming is allowed since there are no lifeguards and rip-currents are strong.
There’s a spot with picnic tables, barbecues, and a playground in between the parking lot and the sand. The Beach Hut, a much upgraded version of the usual beach concession stand, offers an ample menu with seafood, tropical drinks and more, and live music seven days a week from 5pm to sunset. Tuesdays and Thursdays are lobster fest, and every night is a seafood festival.

Beachfront:5-mile protected beach. Lifeguards:May 28-Sept. 5, 10am-5:30pm. Campsites:222 campground sites, 75 outter beach. Tents, trailers, full hook-up.

The Long Island Museum of Art, History and Carriages 

1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook - (631) 751-0066
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The richness of America’s cultural heritage is alive and well at The Long Island Museum of Art, History and Carriages. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring people of all ages with an understanding and enjoyment of American life as expressed through the heritage of Long Island and its diverse communities. 

The museum’s permanent collection numbers over 40,000 items dating from the late 1700s to the present, including American artifacts of everyday life, works of art and nearly 200 historic carriages.  

The Museum’s art collection contains more than 4000 paintings, sculptures and prints dating from the early 1800s to the present, including the largest collection of works by renowned genre artist and Stony Brook resident, William Sidney Mount.

The Museum houses a collection of more than 200 horse-drawn carriages, widely recognized as the finest in the United States.