Long Island is known for its fresh seafood and superb shellfish. Yes, it’s great to order at a restaurant, but it’s also fun to catch some yourself. I’ve gathered everything you need to know about Long Island’s most popular crabbing destinations, including activities offered for people who prefer to stay on land.
Captree State Park, Babylon
Captree State Park has the largest fishing fleet on Long Island. Crabbing from the east pier is recommended, but there are two piers to choose from. Additionally, charter or open boats can be rented for saltwater fishing. No license or equipment is required on either the Atlantic Ocean or Great South Bay sides. For those who don’t enjoy the sport, sightseeing tours and scuba diving trips are also offered. Plus, the park is home to a full-service restaurant and a refreshment stand that claims to house the best chili dogs on Long Island. Phone: 631-669-0449 | Address: 3500 Ocean Pkwy Click to visit
Tanner Park, Copiague
Tanner Park is dedicated to entertaining the whole family. The pier is a popular spot to go crabbing and fishing, the interactive spray park is a great way to cool off and the band shell and food services end the day on a high-note. Phone: 631-893-2100 | Address: 400 Baylawn Ave Click to visit
Cow Meadow Park & Preserve, Freeport
Cow Meadow Park & Preserve has been a part of Nassau County’s park system since 1970. It’s a popular crabbing and fishing destination for locals and includes 150-acres of marine wetlands like tidal creek habitants, mud flat and salt marsh. The nature trail is a great place to go for a scenic walk or even a run. When hunger pains strike, there is a picnic area with both free and reserved tables for a nice afternoon snack. Phone: 516-571-8685 | Address: 701 S Main St Click to visit
Mascot Dock and Marina, Patchogue
Locals love to go crabbing and fishing off the pier at Mascot Dock and Marina. Join the fun and share your adventure on the Facebook page, where others post when they catch crabs as well as pictures of the beautiful scenery. Address: 14 Dock St Click to visit
Bay Park, East Rockaway
Bay Park offers a year-round fishing dock perfect for crabbing and catching other types of fish. Sports lovers can enjoy the tennis and basketball courts, softball fields and multi-sports fields. There are also running and bicycle paths. Phone: 516-571-7245 | Address: 198 1st Ave Click to visit
Woodmere Docks, Woodmere
At Woodmere Docks, visitors can crab from a boat or the docks. Locals are drawn to the dock when they’re seeking peace. Enjoy coffee and birdwatching in the morning, or pack a picnic lunch and a book for an afternoon reprieve. No matter what time of day, the view along Woodmere Boulevard doesn’t disappoint. Address: 198 Woodmere Blvd S Click to visit
West Sayville Docks, West Sayville
People go to West Sayville Docks to crab, fish, catch a sunset or just enjoy nature. They share memories and breathtaking views on the dock’s Facebook page. Address: West Avenue
Call parks to inquire about pass fees.