Outdoor LI Spots Worth Exploring This Winter

Long Island winters can be tough—snow, ice and freezing temps make it easy for locals to want to hibernate and daydream about summer days on the East End. Who can blame them? But winter on the island also has its perks. Spend the day at any of these outdoor Long Island spots worth braving the cold for.

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Gardiner County Park, Bay Shore

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Winter doesn’t stop people from getting to the water. Known for its stunning views of the Great South Bay with the Robert Moses Bridge as the backdrop, Gardiner County Park is just as beautiful in the winter. Layer up and take a short 15-20 minute walk to the sea. There are also nature trails within the park perfect for exploring with your furry friend. Phone: 631-854-4949 | Address: Montauk Hwy Click to go

Cupsogue Beach County Park, Westhampton Beach

Another great reason to wake from your winter’s nap: seals! Join the CRESLI (Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island) seal walk to enjoy 1.2 miles by the shore. A marine mammal expert is present to take visitors to the best seal-viewing vantage point. And six harbor seals were already spotted swimming this year! Phone: 631-852-8111 | Address: 906 Dune Rd Click to go

Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River


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Every Wednesday from 11am to 12pm, visitors can partake in a guided grounds tour of the arboretum’s majestic winter landscape. The trees are bare, the flowers have wilted, but there is still beauty to be seen. For a Saturday morning tour, call 631-581-1002 to register. Also keep in mind, the Hidden Oak Café will be closed from Feb. 13 to March 2, but make sure to pick up some lunch if you make it there before then. Phone: 631-581-1002 | Address: 440 Montauk Hwy Click to go

Connetquot River State Park Preserve, Oakdale

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Wildlife lovers, listen up. This beautiful preserve features 3,473 acres of land filled with deer, waterfowl and rare nesting birds. Make sure to keep your cameras handy because there are 50 miles of trails with beautiful pond views. Cross-country skiing is also available in the winter season when conditions permit. Phone: 631-581-1005 | Address: 3525 Sunrise Hwy Click to go