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It’s sometimes easy to forget how scenic Long Island can be. When you’re all tied up in the hectic day-to-day of your career, family, or both, you don’t often have the time to go touring, which is too bad when you consider just how much there is to see. At Westbury Toyota, we’re firm believers that everyone needs to set aside some time in order to relax and recharge, and what better way to do so than to cruise Long Island and discover one of its many hidden gems?
Regardless of whether you live in Westbury, Brooklyn, or even the Hamptons, it’s easy to get out and make a quick trip to visit some of Long Island’s most iconic locales. With all of this in mind, the next time you have a day off, pack up your Toyota with whatever you might need, invite a couple friends or some family, and set out to see some of the incredible places we’ve listed here.
Located on what used to be the Guggenheim estate, this park spans an impressive 216 acres that includes scenic walking trails, as well as a beach and a beautiful pond. In addition, the park is home to a number of incredible mansions, including the one featured in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gatsby." If you’re interested in seeing the interior of these mansions, there are tours scheduled every weekend. According to The Long Island Press, the park also hosts popular seasonal festivals. Visiting Sands Point Preserve would make a great trip for a day out with your friends and/or family, so mark it off on your map for the next time you want to take a road trip!
If you’re a bit of a foodie and love to visit different types of restaurants when you’re traveling, you absolutely have to check out Cornucopia’s Noshery located in Amityville. As Merrie Ober of Edible Long Island describes, this eatery offers up some a truly awesome french fries cooked in a secret ingredient: Bacon fat. Unhealthy? Yes, but also amazingly delicious. Self-billed as being a “super hippy, goth, retro, metro cafe,” Cornucopia’s Noshery boasts some standout decor and one of the funkiest menus you’ll ever see. It’s sure to be one of the memorable places you’ll ever eat during your time on Long Island.
For our fellow Long Islanders who are looking for a few minutes of peace and quiet or a moment spent getting a little closer to nature, the Bayard Cutting Arboretum over in Great River has exactly what you need. Sure, the Arboretum itself might not be considered a "hidden gem," but Newsday's editorial staff does point out that the secluded benches of Bayard Cutting Arboretum nestled deep within the back paths of this massive 691-acre state park offer up the perfect blend of unique Long Island flavor and the ability to truly get away from all of the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. In other words, if a moment spent reflecting with the beauty of nature sounds just right to you, then the secretive bench hideaways in Bayard Cutting Arboretum need to be at the top of your hidden gem list.
A great location to visit in the summer months if you’re an avid hiker, this park consists of 3,473 acres of protected water, land, and wildlife. There are over 50 miles of hiking trails available and as Caitlyn Hever of The Odyssey Online details, the longest hiking trail is over 8.4 miles long. While hiking, chances are better than good that you’ll be able to spot deer, a variety of waterfowl, and some rare vegetation. If hiking isn’t really your thing, don’t worry – the park’s activities also include horseback riding and (permit only) fishing. This preserve also has something to offer in the winter months too as it has an abundance of cross-country ski trails.
If you want to explore Long Island and recapture a sense of the old world while also being able to eat some of the most exceptional seafood you’ve ever tasted, it’s time to get behind the wheel of your favorite Toyota and head over to Jordan Lobster Farms. Here, you can peruse the lobster market and take your pick of fresh seafood as well as premade, top-tier meals.
“Jordan Lobster Farms in Island Park is a one-stop shop for seafood needs with a hint of classic New England thrown in.”– Bridget Shirvell, The Long Island Pulse
There is also an abundance of gifts to choose from if you’re looking for a memento or a present for someone special. When it comes to dining, you can eat your food in the indoor dining room or out on the waterfront. As Bridget Shirvell of The Long Island Pulse explains, you’ll find one of the best lobster rolls on Long Island here. If this sounds like your idea of heaven, it’s time to take a day to visit Jordan Lobster Farms.
Don’t let the daily grind wear you down. It’s important to have some time to yourself to just get out in your Toyota and explore everything that Long Island has to offer, and that’s why we here at Westbury Toyota have made this list of our favorite local destinations that sure to excite your senses, get you a little closer to nature, and give you a chance to taste a few of the finer things in life. Make a day out of it with your favorite people or plan ahead and make it a weekend excursion. It’s important to remember just how amazing Long Island can be, so why not take some time to get reacquainted?