Get on a New York Bus Charter and Explore Long Island (Part 2)

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Custom Coach & Limo has been giving you ideas on what to do and where to go in Long Island so you would have a fun and memorable time. So far, we have given you a list of selected beaches, art museums and galleries, theaters and other performance venues, and historical attractions. You can easily visit these places if you have a New York bus charter to drive you and your group around. We have also suggested that you enjoy the great outdoors and gave you places where you can go camping, fishing, golfing, hiking, running and horseback riding.


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Enjoy the Great Outdoors. Go Ice Skating or Embark on a Sky Adventure!


If you want to go ice-skating, then there are a lot of options in Long Island.


The Village of Greenport has an outdoor ice skating rink that hosts public skating sessions, youth and adult hockey, and even private rentals. But because the rink is outside and is directly affected by the weather, its hours of operation may change without prior notice.


Christopher Morley Park in Roslyn also has a 200 feet by 80 feet outdoor skating rink that recreational skaters and hockey teams can use. The rink opens the Saturday after Thanksgiving through mid-March. The facility also offers private lessons and rentals for parties and hockey teams.


Other parks with an ice skating facility include:


  • Bethpage Community Park
  • Marjorie Post in Massapequa Park
  • Syosset-Woodbury Park
  • Grant Park in Hewlett    


If you do not feel like skating outdoors, there are great indoor skating rinks in do not worry, Long Island also has great indoor skating rinks in Cantiague Park and Freeport Recreation Center.


You can also do something unique and go on a sky adventure. Just ask your New York bus charter driver to take you to Air Hamptons and charter a private plane. You can also go to Sky Sailors in Westhampton Beach and go on one of its sightseeing flights.


If skydiving is your cup of tea, you can head over to Skydive in Long Island in Calverton.


Have a Relaxing Day at the Park.


Long Island has many parks that offer breathtaking sights and various recreational facilities.


If you are feeling lazy but want to enjoy the outdoors just the same, then why not play games or have a picnic at one of Long Island's many beautiful parks. Some of the recommended ones are:


You can go to Captree State Park in Babylon, known as a fishing haven because it is home to the largest public fishing fleet on Long Island. There are open and charter boats available if you want to go saltwater fishing. It is also called picnickers' delight, with a picnic area at The Overlook where you can get a beautiful view of Fire Island and the Fire Island Lighthouse.


Grant Park in Hewlett, Nassau County, sits on 35 acres of land, with a complete recreational and sports complex. It has three state-of-the-art turfed baseball fields surrounded by plaza-like walkways, a gazebo, a workout area, a playground, a rolling skating rink, and two picnic areas. There are also paddleball, tennis, basketball and handball courts. You can also go fishing in the lake or go walking or jogging pathways.


Bethpage Community Park, on the other hand, has a children's playground, a kiddie wading pool, a swimming pool with a diving area, 4 tennis courts, 2 handball courts, a basketball court, a horseshoe pit, and an indoor skating rink.


Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson Village has a play and picnic area. Formerly a shipyard and oil terminal, the 5.1-acre park also provides access to the waterfront and a pier where you can fish, stroll, or just enjoy the splendid sunset. The park also has an outdoor ice skating rink.


Then there's Robert Moses State Park in Babylon has about 5 miles of ocean beach where you can swim and surf. It also has a picnic area, and an 18-hole golf facility.


You can also go to the Belmont Lake State Park in West Babylon a 463-acre day-use park that is bisected by Belmont Lake and Carll's Creek. You can go on picnics and do some informal sports activities while you are here. You can also hike, bike, run, go horseback riding, and go cross-country skiing. You can also fish for trout during springtime or fish for bass during the summer. The park's natural features also include a significant wetland complex, and it home to both migratory and permanent waterfowls like egrets, great blue herons, and northern shovelers.


You can also check out these other parks:


  • Blydenburgh County Park in Hauppauge
  • Caleb Smith State Park Preserve in Smithtown
  • Hempstead Lake State Park in Rockville Centre
  • Orient Beach State Park in Orient
  • Cedar Point County Park
  • Hewlett Point Park


Make sure to get a New York bus charter to take your group to any of these parks. You can even go park-hopping if you wish!


Now what else to do in Long Island?


Go on a Wine-Tasting Tour!


Long Island has great wineries. Well, what do you expect? The island actually has the same climate as that of Bordeaux, France. Bordeaux, for those who do not know, is the world's major wine industry capital. So expect great-tasting wines in Long Island at a fraction of the price.


Get on a New York bus charter and head to Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, which is open for wine tasting all year round. It also hosts certain public events, like acoustic afternoons, art exhibits, and live musical performances.


There is also Corey Creek Vineyards in Southold. It has a tasting room and a gift shop situated in a barn-like building with glass doors that open into a wide outdoor deck overlooking the breathtaking views of the vineyard.


Bedell Cellars is a sustainably farmed and family-owned estate winery and vineyard in Cutchogue. Wine Business Monthly actually named Bedell one of the Top 10 Hottest Small Brands in the world, so its wines are really worth watching out for. Its flagship red blend, called Musee, also received high points from Wine Spectator.


Harmony Vineyards is also worth checking out. This vineyard on Stony Brook Harbor is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a lush rolling waterfront estate with a waterfront tasting room that will introduce you to the vineyard's Bordeaux-style Red Blends and Chablis-style Chardonnays, as well as gourmet plates. But you know what the best thing about Harmony Vineyards is? All its profits are donated to a select number of local charities that are focused on eradicating hunger and providing education for those in need.


Macari Vineyards is also worth a visit. This former potato fields is now a 200-acre vinegarden with additional fields. Aside from grapes, the vineyard is also home to Spanish goats, Texas longhorns, and Sicilian donkeys, ducks, rabbits and horses.


You can go to Duck Walk Vineyards, where you can revel in the lovely charm of a Normandy chateau-style building.


Other wineries and vineyards you can go to for some wine-tasting and tour include:


  • Palmer Vineyards
  • Kontokosta Winery
  • Jason's Vineyard
  • Jamesport Vineyards
  • Croteaux Vineyards
  • Diliberto Winery
  • Channing Daughters Winery
  • Bouquet
  • Anthony Nappa Wines
  • Coffee Pot Cellars
  • Loughlin Vineyards
  • Mattebella Vineyards


If you are not into wine that much or if you prefer beer more, you can also visit Long Island's breweries, including the Southampton Publick House, Blue Point, and Greenport Brewery. These breweries have tasting rooms and you will get the chance to taste their brews.


Don't forget this basic rule: Don't drink and drive. That means that if your group is going wine- or beer-tasting, you shouldn't go behind the wheel and drive. Get a New York bus charter and let our professional driver take care of all the driving for you, especially when you are already tipsy.


No trip is ever complete without food. Always make sure to try local cuisine and local specialties for a total travel experience. So when you are on a trip to Long Island, do not forget to stop by any of its restaurants and have some gastronomic adventure. You can either ask your New York bus charter to make random stops during meal time as you are sightseeing or visiting various attractions, or plan out your itinerary and go for specific restaurants.


Custom Coach & Limo has a list of top restaurants to try whenever you are in Long Island.


Biere is one of the local favorites so make sure to stop by and try one of its American dishes. Many would attest that everything on the menu is good, including its wines! Patrons also love the restaurant's cool, jazzy atmosphere.


Another restaurant worth trying out is North Fork Table Restaurant, which also serves delicious American fare. Meanwhile, if great steak is what you are looking for, you can head to The Jamesport Manor Inn.


Other restaurants that specialize in American cuisine include:


  • Erik's Breakfast & Lunch in Southold
  • Tweeds Buffalo Bar in Riverhead
  • Acacia in Huntington
  • Surfside Inn in Montauk
  • Farm Country Kitchen in Riverhead


If you are craving for Italian, you should check out Luigi's Italian Specialties in East Hampton, Café Baci in Westbury, Jonathan's Ristorante in Huntington, 18 Bay in Shelter Island, Edge Water Restaurant in Hampton Bays, or Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar in Babylon.


Go to Rumba in Hampton Bays and enjoy a unique mix of seafood, Caribbean and American-inspired food. You should also try its handcrafted rum specialties.


For those who are vegans or are into a healthy, organic or vegetarian diet, you can try Naturally Good Foods and Cafe in Montauk.


Meanwhile, if you are craving Turkish cuisine, just go to Turkuaz Grill. And if you want to go Greek, just head to Greek Grill in Huntington.


Hop on a New York bus charter and stop by Canal Cafe & Market if you ever get hungry while touring Hampton Bays. It is known to serve excellent food and it offers a wonderful view and relaxed ambiance.


1770 House Restaurant in East Hampton gives you a charming setting, and, if you prefer, a romantic garden table. It has really good, scrumptious food on its menu.


If you are more into Spanish tapas, you can try Salumi Tapas and Wine Bar in Massapequa. And if you are into Asian cuisine, you can go to Ting in Huntington or Ginza in Massapequa.


There's also Kotobuki in Babylon, Haiku in Riverhead, or Nagahama Sushi in Long Beach if you want to go for Japanese or maybe get your fill of sushi.


After a hearty meal, you can check out Magic Fountain in Mattituck and get some dessert. It has mouthwatering cakes and ice cream. There's also Junda's Pastry Crust & Crumb in Jamesport, Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe in Riverhead, and Tate's Bake Shop in Southampton.


For the best Indian cuisine in Long Island, there's Hampton Chutney Co. in Amagansett. And for Thai, there's Thai House in Smithtown.


If pizza is what you want, try Michael's Ristorante & Pizzeria in Ocean Beach.


Of course, Long Island is the place to get the best seafood dishes. You can take your pick from among these seafood restos:


  • Inlet Seafood Restaurant (Montauk)
  • Plaza Cafe (Southampton)
  • Harvest on Fort Pond (Montauk)
  • Jerry & The Mermaid (Riverhead)
  • Frisky Oyster (Greenport)
  • Lobster Roll Restaurant (Amagansett)
  • Noah's (Greenport)


Now that about completes our list. Arrange for a New York bus charter now by calling us at (866) 952-8737. Happy trip!



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