Outdoor Venues to Explore Before Temps Dip

While the weather’s still warm and refreshing, take advantage of Long Island’s natural beauty and spend the day outdoors. Home to numerous parks and stunning grounds, have some fun under the sun for as long as mother nature allows.

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Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale

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The sight of Pulse’s annual picnic and polo event, which takes place Sept. 17 this year, Bethpage State Park is the perfect place to dive into nature. At the event, guests can enjoy cocktails, a picnic basket filled with snacks and front row seats to a live polo match. The park also boasts a world-class golf course that hosted the U.S. Open twice, tennis courts and picnic and recreational areas. Phone: 516-249-0700 |  Address: 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd Click to visit

Oheka Castle, Huntington


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Beauty can be found anywhere amidst the sprawling 22-acre property in Huntington. The French-style chateau offers a variety of guided tours throughout the estate and its formal gardens (some packages even include lunch!). There are group lunch tours that feature a two course menu followed by coffee and tea and a selection of homemade cookies served in the OHEKA Bar & Restaurant. Phone: 631-659-1400 | Address: 135 W Gate Dr Click to visit

Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, Sands Point

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Dive into the Gold Coast lifestyle during the early 20th century. The 216-acre grounds of Sands Point Preserve Conservancy is home to the 50,000-square-foot Hempstead House, which is said to have inspired The Great Gatsby. Visitors can marvel at the exterior built with granite and Indiana limestone, along with other historic homes on the property. There are six marked hiking trails that weave through more than 200 acres of natural and landscaped areas. Phone: 516-571-7901 | Address: 127 Middle Neck Rd Click to visit

Old Westbury Gardens, Westbury


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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Old Westbury Gardens is the perfect place to spend a warm afternoon. There are more than 200 acres of formal gardens with boltonia, chrysanthemum, dahlias, heleniums, salvias, snakeroot and tea roses in September. As for October, keep eyes peeled for asters and fall foliage. When hunger pain strikes, visit the Cafe in the Woods for sandwiches, salads and baked goods. Phone: 516-333-0048 | Address: 71 Old Westbury Rd Click to visit

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay

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The beautiful estate that once belonged to the wealthy W.R. Coe family has more than 400 acres of gardens as well as the Camellia Greenhouse and the Main Greenhouse. Visitors can saunter through orchids, cacti, begonias, palms and ferns in the Main Greenhouse while they sip roasted coffee from the newly opened cafe located in the Hay Barn. Phone: 516-922-9210 | Address: 1395 Planting Fields Rd Click to visit