Fall for Long Island

When it comes autumn activities, foliage and eats there is so much to do and limited hours of daylight. Consider these the best ways to embrace fall on Long Island.

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Cast a Line

Take part in the Fall Family Freshwater Fishing Festival at Hempstead Lake State Park on Saturday, Oct. 21. There will be fishing, face painting and pumpkin decorating. Click to go 

Pumpkin Masterpieces

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Get into the Halloween spirit at the sixth annual Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns at Old Westbury Gardens. Guests can walk through the Garden of Gourds where 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins will be arranged along a scenic walking path. Click to go

Spooky Dining

The Witches Brew Coffee House in Hempstead is in its prime during the fall. Between a seven-page menu of unique drink and food options and endless Halloween decorations, it’s not hard to get into the seasonal spirit. Indulge in spooky espresso drinks like the Zombie, Witchdoctor or Red Death—all topped with homemade whipped cream. Click to go

Watch the Leaves Change

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image: facebook.com/mashomackpreserve

Just one of the many LI hiking spots, Mashomack Preserve is a natural area of nearly 2,100 acres, or one third of Shelter Island. Fall foliage, wildlife and shorelines is what it’s all about. Click to go

Farm Stands

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image: facebook.com/harbesfamilyfarm

Stop by a farm stand for seasonal produce and baked goods. Roasted corn, organic honey and fresh made apple cider doughnuts will never disappoint. Click to go

Take to the Water 

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image: facebook.com/bergerbroscamera

Boat rides don’t have to end because summer is over. The Ward Melville Heritage Organization’s pontoon boat “Discovery” departs from Stony Brook Marine Services and the 27-passenger vessel cruises the organization’s 88-acre wetlands preserve for an hour and a half tour. Click to go

Off-Season Delight

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image: facebook.com/emmyabrosio

Whether you decide to catch a sunrise or sunset, trade your bathing suit for a sweatshirt and enjoy Long Island beaches in the crisp fall weather. The boardwalk at Jones Beach or an East End beach make for beautiful spots. Bonus: No summer crowds. Click to go