As temperatures begin to rapidly climb and summer quickly approaches, we scramble to find ways to keep cool. Here are five ways to beat the heat on Long Island this summer.
Take a day trip to a local water park or pool
Whether you’re a young adult going with friends or you’re bringing your own kids, water parks are great options to help fight off the summer heat. While there is only one complete water park on Long Island, there are a few other amusement parks to consider. If you’re less interested in rides and more interested in relaxing by the pool but don’t have your own, there are quite a few public pool options.
While this amusement park mostly has standard rides and attractions, it does offer three water rides: Adventure Falls, Crocodile Run and Little Dipper.
–Aquatic Center, Eisenhower Park
Eisenhower Park’s Aquatic Center offers a large pool and a diving tower – the only one in the New York metropolitan area.
–Bayville Adventure Park, Bayville
Located just a few steps from the beach, Bayville Adventure Park is home to Bumper Boat Safaris, Wild Water Balloon Wars and Beaches and Cream Soda Shoppe.
–Centereach Pool, Centereach
At the Centereach pool, you will find a large swimming pool, a winding water slide and a spray park for small children.
–Splish Splash, Calverton
The only full water park on Long Island, Splish Splash is a popular place to stay cool during the summer. The park features 22 attractions in the following categories: rides and slides; waves, rivers and pools; and kiddie areas.
See a movie
Step inside and relax in an air-conditioned theater while enjoying the newest summer film. Some theaters to check out on Long Island are:
–AMC Loews, Stony Brook
AMC Loews has stadium seating in all 17 theaters. It has IMAX options for select showings. AMC Loews has Coca-Cola Freestyle, which has 100+ drink options, all on a screen for you to choose from. The theater offers a discount for students that show a valid student ID. There are closed caption devices for each theater, making every movie enjoyable for patrons that are deaf. There are assisted listening devices for people that are hard of hearing and audio description devices for blind patrons.
–AMC Roosevelt Field 8, Garden City
This AMC location offers reserved seating, closed caption devices for deaf patrons, audio description for blind patrons, assisted listening devices for patrons that are hard of hearing, premium power recliners, stadium seating, student discounts with a valid student ID and Coca-Cola freestyle.
–Broadway Multiplex Cinemas, Hicksville
Each theater at Broadway Multiplex Cinemas contains large reclining seats. They also have assisted listening devices for patrons that are hard of hearing and audio description for blind patrons. This theater is located in Broadway Mall, surrounded by a food court and many shopping options to enjoy after your showing.
–Island 16: Cinema de Lux, Holtsville
Located right off the LIE and Nicholls Road, Island 16 is easily accessible no matter where you’re coming from. It has 16 theaters with stadium seating, four of which have food service and reserved seating. Island 16 offers a 4D theater, IMAX and an XPlus theater, which has large reclining chairs, reserved seating and food service. The lobby has two concession stands, pic n’ mix, Nathan’s, Starbucks, Ben & Jerry’s and a bar and grill. Island 16 also has select showing options available for patrons that are blind, deaf or hard of hearing.
–Regal Ronkonkoma Stadium 9, Ronkonkoma
Regal Ronkonkoma has nine theaters with stadium seating, all of which have king-size reclining chairs and reserved seating. They also partnered with myLINGO, an app that allows you to play the audio for select movies in Spanish.
–Regal Deer Park Stadium 16, Deer Park
Regal Deer Park offers a little more than the Ronkonkoma location, with 16 theaters that have stadium seating, IMAX and RPX (Regal Premium Experience). It is located in the Deer Park Tanger Outlets, so there are plenty of convenient options for a meal before or after your showing. The myLINGO app also works at this location.
Keep in mind that this website offers a list of all movies currently in theaters, as well as the days and showtimes for each theater they are playing in on Long Island, making it super easy for you to find the best showtime and theater for you.
Enjoy some ice skating
If you’ve never felt the chill of stepping on to an ice rink in the summer, you’re missing out. Luckily, there are many Long Island ice rinks that offer summer sessions for public skating.
-Iceland Long Island, New Hyde Park
Public sessions are Fridays, 3:30-5:30 p.m., and 8:30-10:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 1:15-3:15 p.m.; and Sundays, 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. Prices vary, depending on age and skate rentals.
–Port Washington Skating Center, Port Washington
July through August, there are sessions every Saturday from 10 to 12 noon and every Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. Prices are the same for everyone, no matter the age. It is $8 for skating and $4 for rentals.
–The Rinx, Hauppauge
The Rinx has two skating rinks, offering the biggest skating space on Long Island. The summer sessions for public skating will be available closer to the end of July. Prices vary by age and rentals.
–Town of Oyster Bay Ice Skating Center, Bethpage
Frequently voted the best rink on Long Island, this place is worth checking out any time of the year. The public skating summer schedule will be available soon. Prices vary depending on age and skate rentals.
Visit one of the many Long Island beaches
Being on an island means endless beaches to go to as a way to cool down during the summer. Here are a few of the many options on Long Island:
–Cupsogue Beach County Park, Westhampton
In addition to swimming in the ocean, this east end beach offers camping, fishing, scuba diving, an outer beach for off-roading, concession stands, picnic areas and showers.
–Foster Memorial Beach (Long Beach), Sag Harbor
This north shore beach has an amazing view, and it’s a great swimming place for small children, as there are no waves and there is a slow decline. There are also lifeguards on duty. The beach is accessible to non-residents with permits. There is also a section of the beach that remains open to the general public, but there is no lifeguard on that side.
–Jones Beach, Wantagh
This ocean beach has many amenities in addition to the miles of sand and water available to beach goers. Amenities include: a gift shop, marina, museum, performance art center, pool, picnic areas, playgrounds, showers and food. There is an option to get a park permit, or you can pay a small fee each time you go.
–Long Beach, Long Beach
Whether you’re going to tan in the sun, play in the water, surf or walk the long boardwalk, this beach is a great choice. Long Beach has new concession options this season, including food trucks. On the weekends, a free trolly ride is offered to members with a valid beach pass. A bike share program is back this summer, with more locations and bikes than before. There are also free concerts on the beach four nights a week.
–Nickerson Beach Park, Lido Beach
There is much offered at this ocean beach. People can enjoy the waves, swimming pools, a kiddie swimming pool, a concession stand, rentable cabanas, a playground, basketball courts, a soccer field, a skate park, volleyball courts, a baseball field, camping areas and a dog park. Prices are included on the website.
–Robert Moses Beach, Babylon
Robert Moses Beach has plenty to do, including: swimming in the ocean, fishing, surfing and even golfing. There are concession stands, beach shops, picnic areas and playgrounds. You can pick up a park permit or pay a small parking fee when you go.
–Smith Point Beach, Shirley
Smith Point Beach is also on the Atlantic ocean. Whether you’re swimming in the ocean, fishing, camping, scuba diving, playing on the playground, enjoying food at the concession stand or off-roading on the outer beach, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy.
Being so close to Fire Island, there’s always the option to take a ferry across.
Stop for some ice cream or Italian ice
If you just want to cool down with a sweet treat, you can always visit a local ice cream or italian ice shop.
–Ice Cream Cottage, Mastic
Voted Best Ice Cream on Long Island by Newsday last year, Ice Cream Cottage is definitely a place to try if you haven’t already. They offer many unique flavors, such as the popular Bartman ice cream (vanilla ice cream with fudge and chunks of Butterfingers), Hot Habanero Chilli Pepper and Cannoli Cream.
–Papa Mia’s Ice House, West Sayville
This shop is located right off Montauk Highway. They’ve been open since 1975, and they’re considered a staple in the neighborhood. They have many different shaved ice flavors to choose from.
–Kilwins; Patchogue, Babylon and Huntington
Kilwins has so many sweet treats, not just limited to ice cream. In addition to having many unique flavors, they also have chocolate, toffee, caramel, fudge, caramel and chocolate covered apples with toppings, popcorn and brittle.
–Magic Fountain Ice Cream, Mattituck
If you’re looking for the most interesting ice cream flavors on the island, take a look at Magic Fountain’s flavors of the month: Cucumber, Coco & Acai, ‘Merica, Goat Cheese & Beets and Figs & Honey. They also sell frozen yogurt, cakes and pie.
–McNulty’s Ice Cream Parlor, Miller Place
This ice cream shop offers 30 homemade ice cream flavors and 7 seasonal flavors, with unique ways to serve them (such as Pop Tart ice cream sandwiches or waffles and ice cream). McNulty’s also has a variety of soft serve options, shakes, frozen yogurt, acai bowls, cupcakes and cakes. There are booths inside and outdoor seating. They offer ice cream catering for parties, which might be a cool idea to consider for your next barbecue. Keep in mind when visiting that they only accept cash and they have a tendency to get pretty busy – which shows how popular they are.
–Rita’s; East Islip, Deer Park and Franklin Square
Considered a classic by many, Rita’s has italian ices, cream ices and custards served in many different styles unique to Rita’s, including an ice flight: four ice flavors served in individual cups on a tray.
–Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe, Riverhead
When you visit Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe, you have the choice of getting homemade ice cream, soft serve, sorbets and sherbets. There are also 14 soft serve flavors to choose from – way more than your standard chocolate and vanilla.
Of course, there are always the two biggest chains for ice cream and Italian ices on Long Island: Carvel and Ralph’s.