It seems like just yesterday Elements of Rockville Centre published our inaugural summer blog on relaxing warm weather activities, but it was already nearly two months ago. Before we know it, the leaves will begin to change and the first traces of winter chill will permeate the air. Needless to say, we must enjoy what’s left of this beautiful Long Island summer!
5 Awesome Long Island Summer Activities
1. Perseid Meteor Shower
Until August 24, Earth will be passing through the trail of the comet known as Swift-Tuttle. What does that mean for you? By turning your gaze upward during the early morning and nighttime hours, you’ll be able to see one of the most spectacular meteor showers ever.
The Perseid meteor shower peaks between August 11 and 13 and is most visible from areas where there is relatively little light pollution. The beach is a perfect place to camp out and watch!
2. Rockville Centre Farmers Markets
While farmers markets will be popping up around Nassau County until the fall, there are some seasonal favorites, especially fruits and vegetables, that are best enjoyed during a Long Island summer.
The Rockville Centre farmers market is open every Sunday from 7 a.m. until noon in Railroad Parking Lot Number 12 on the corner of Long Beach Road and Sunrise Highway. Some of Elements of Rockville Centre’s favorite vendors include New York Gourmet Coffee and Frozen Sin Truck. Fred Terry Farms supplies fresh produce perfect for cooking nutritious meals.
3. Paint Night
In recent months, paint nights have become increasingly popular. If you’re not familiar with what a paint night is, it involves a professional artist instructing a class on how to paint a picture (usually a landscape). As an audience member, you don’t need any artistic experience whatsoever.
It’s a relaxing experience that’s a bit different than most forms of entertainment—why not give it a try?
Here are some of the top paint night destinations in our area:
- Wine and Design (Rockville Centre)
- The Art Studio (Rockville Centre)
- Mesita (Rockville Centre)
- Earth Arts of Long Beach
- Lynbrook Recreation Center
Many other local bars offer paint nights on varying schedules, so keep an eye out for them as well.
4. Long Beach to the North Fork
The trip begins at 9 a.m. with breakfast at the hotel. Then, you’ll be taken via luxury bus to three of Long Island’s top wineries:
Tickets are available here.
5. Long Beach Oyster & Music Fest
The second Long Beach Oyster Fest, which takes place on September 23 (which is technically fall, but let’s hope the weather is still warm!), is the perfect way to cap off a Long Island summer. From 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. in the Long Beach Catholic Regional School parking lot, enjoy live music by artists to be announced, craft beer samplings and, of course, plenty of oysters (which happen to be great for improving your mood).
Buy your tickets here (you don’t have to be a member of the church).
Make sure you take advantage of the remainder of this Long Island summer! If there are any fun local events we forgot to add to this list, let us know!