Outdoorsy Ways to Spend Your Long Island Saturday

The weekend takes on new meaning during the summer: beach days, walks in the park and an endless whirl of dining outdoors. From seaside eateries to nature filled paths, consider Long Island outdoor activities the best ways to experience a summer Saturday.

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Dockers Waterside Marina & Restaurant, East Quogue

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Through two outdoor waterside living rooms and three bars, Dockers transports guests to a seafront paradise. Located just a few feet from the Shinnecock Bay, the sunsets are impeccable. The surf & turf menu holds its own with an assortment of creative selections. Guests rave about the oysters, swordfish tacos with mango salsa and the marinated Pacific Rim tuna. Phone: 631-653-0653 | Address: 94 Dune Rd Click to taste

FatFish Wine Bar & Bistro, Bay Shore

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Situated on the Great South Bay, FatFish’s outdoor patio treats guests to panoramic portraits as they nosh on fresh seafood and innovative tapas. Standout dishes include lemon and thyme roasted chicken wings, char-grilled sea scallops and saffron mussels. Phone: 631-666-2899 | Address: 28 Cottage Ave Click to taste

Hampton Maid, Hampton Bays

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Whether one is staying at Hampton Maid or not, visitors can dine on the covered patio overlooking the Shinnecock Bay. Delicious options run the gamut from cinnamon swirl French toast with fresh sliced strawberries to generously sized Western omelets with baked ham, diced peppers and home fried potatoes. Phone: 631-728-4166 | Address: 259 E Montauk Hwy Click to taste

The Oar House, Patchogue

The nautical-themed bar and restaurant delivers both traditional and inventive steak and seafood entrees from a rustic outdoor deck. Diners can expect crispy roast duck with a maple whisky glaze, chicken pot pie and shrimp rigatoni finished with white truffle oil. The cheery hangout even prides itself with Sunday brunch specials from 11am to 2pm. Phone: 631-654-8266 | Address: 264 West Ave Click to taste

Your Second Course

Long Island SUP, Various Locations

Learn how to stand-up paddleboard at Sunset Harbor Yacht Club in East Patchogue, where the flat water makes it the ideal spot for beginners. For those more familiar with the sport, there are classes held in and around Fire Island, Smithtown and the Hamptons. Visitors can also strengthen their core and upper body through SUP yoga, pilates, jousting and racing. Phone: 631-326-7926 Click to visit

JK Kayak, Various Locations

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Set the benchmark for expedition in the venue of your choice: Cold Spring Harbor, East Islip Beach, Huntington Gold Star Beach or Bullhead Bay in Southampton. There are one to three hour tours available (depending on the location). Guides are in attendance, equipment is included and no experience is required. Phone: 800-489-0398 Click to visit

Jones Beach Bikeway, Wantagh

The bikeway is a little over five miles along the Wantagh Parkway from Cedar Creek Park to Jones Beach. The path provides scenic views of the water, especially as bikers venture East. Click to visit

Patty’s Berries and Bunches, Mattituck 

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Summer calls for fresh blueberry and raspberry picking straight from the vine. Patty’s chooses to get inventive with its seasonal produce by making delicious ice cream flavors like chipotle raspberry and blueberry bliss. Phone: 631-298-4679 | Address: 410 Sound Ave Click to visit