Non-Gala Ways to Spend an LI Weekend

Pulse may be your go-to place for weekend happenings, but sometimes it’s necessary to just kick back and have an event-free weekend. I’ve got that covered too. These non-organized outdoor activities can be done alone or with friends and family. Regardless of your squad size, they will provide peace of mind and a stress-free weekend.


East End Hiking Trails

Quogue Wildlife Refuge is home to three trails in the pine barrens. image: C. Robert Seifert Photography

A staple of outdoor life year-round, nature-lovers can never go wrong with a morning trek through the woods. From leisurely strolls just minutes from home to intense climbs a distance away, Long Island and New York State have all the trails, hills and challenging terrain every hiker needs. Breathe in the fresh air, listen to the sounds of the wildlife and disconnect at any of these East End or other Long Island/New York locations.


Jones Beach Bike Path

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Trade in four wheels for two and explore shady trails and beachside paths by bike. An easy way to get exercise, relax and spend time with friends, Long Island has a bike path for everyone from the recreational to the avid cyclist. Check out some of our favorite biking trails here and make a mental note to experience one of them this weekend.


image: jimkruger

image: jimkruger

Yet another perk of living on an island, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy being out on the water. From Cold Spring Harbor to Shelter Island, there are countless paddling adventures to take, waterways to explore and incredible vistas to take in. Here are a few bucket list-worthy excursions.


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image: leigh anderson

Standing up on the water might provide an even better view than kayaking, if that’s possible. Not only is it an amazing outlet for relieving stress, stand-up paddling is also a great arm, ab and leg workout. Enjoy a serene afternoon taking in the scenery solo, or bring some friends to one of these fantastic paddling spots to de-stress after a long workweek. Just stay balanced, or be prepared to take a dip!


long island weekend events

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As frustrating as it can be rewarding, golf is a sport that intimidates many. But with fall approaching, now is the perfect time to brush up on those skills. Long Island has a course for everyone, from novices to pros. For those who are just starting out, check out the Robert Moses Pitch and Putt Course, with 18 holes measuring from 60 to 110 yards. For those seeking more of a challenge, try out the Northport VA Golf Course or Smithtown Landing. And of course there’s Bethpage State Park with its famous Black Course, played by the best of the best.