Long Island Views

Fall is a beautiful time for festive adventures out and about and what better place to do that other than beautiful Long Island?  Long Island holds some of the most dazzling beaches and forest areas you can find south of the city. These eight breathtaking spots will not only have you in awe, but your followers too.Once they see you in such exotic looking places, they’ll be envious with the need to go there themselves. In no particular order, here are ten gorgeous spots on LI that you must see!

 

  1. Norman J. Levy Park, Merrick, NY 11566

With 52 acres, this land uplifts to about 115 feet enabling views of the south shore coast as well as the NYC skyline. In addition to three miles of jogging and walking paths, the park has a farm with goats and chickens as well as a 50 ft fishing pier. This hidden preserve is located right off the Meadowbrook State Parkway. Whether you’re walking through the preserve for health or for fun, it is breathtaking at all points and would look nice in any picture.

 

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Norman J. Levy Park pier.

Photo Courtesy of the Town of Hempstead

 

  1. Smith’s Point Beach, Shirley, NY

Smith Point Park, located on the barrier island of Fire Island, is a haven for sportsmen, surfers and beach lovers. An extremely popular facility, the park has white sands, rolling Atlantic surf and an adjoining camping facility that attract both Suffolk County residents and tourists. This beautiful beach is one of many magnificent oceanic spots on Long Island that is just waiting to be captured by your camera.

 

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Smith’s Point Beach sunset.

Photo Courtesy by William Gorman

 

 

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Smith’s Point Beach rocks and ocean.

Photo Courtesy by William Gorman

 

 

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Smith’s Point Beach, sun descending by the trees.

Photo Courtesy by William Gorman

 

 

  1. Downport, Port Jefferson, NY

The downtown area of Port Jefferson acquires a stunning marina where you can walk on the pier and gaze into the sunset as ships, big and small dock. With a cute little seaside town having quaint shops and restaurants, sitting outside or walking down the streets on a sunny day is the perfect formula for an amazing photoshoot in Downport.

 

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Port Jefferson sunset.

Photo Courtesy by William Gorman

 

 

  1. Cedar Beach Pier, Harbor Beach Rd in Mt. Sinai, NY

Boasting between three and four miles of white sand stretching along the Atlantic Ocean, Cedar Beach has lots of active fun to offer. Areas are designated for surfing, volleyball, and fishing – including a handicapped-accessible fishing dock – and there are courts for basketball and handball. The amazing scenery will make you feel as though you could fly out into the lovely sunsets.

 

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Cedar Beach Pier panorama shot.

Photo Courtesy by William Gorman

 

 

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Cedar Beach Pier sunset.

Photo Courtesy by William Gorman

 

 

  1. Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, Smithtown, NY

Nestled in the heart of Smithtown, Caleb Smith State Park Preserve is one of only two state nature preserves on Long Island. Within its 543 acres are a variety of habitats offering guests picturesque views that change with the seasons. Caleb Smith is a passive use park. This not only helps protect the local plant and wildlife populations but also allows visitors to escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the quiet serenity that can only be found in nature.

 

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A beautiful autumn day on the pond at Caleb Smith State Park.

Photo Courtesy of Parks.NY.gov

 

  1. Frank Melville Memorial Park, Setauket, NY

Within the park are five structures, including a Greek revival post office, a simulated grist mill, the cottage of the last working miller, an early 20th century barn, and a meeting house, now called the Bates House. The park and its buildings are included on the National Register of Historic Places.

 

The park was designed using existing ponds surrounded by native species of plants and trees. It covers 26 acres, including an estuary and natural woodland with more than 200 varieties of plants and trees. It may feel as if you’re in some far off place, in a land far away. The mystical scenery will draw not only you in but the magical photos you’ll soon take.

 

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Frank Melville Memorial Park bridge.

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

 

  1. Muttontown Preserve, Jericho-Oyster Bay Road, Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, NY 11732

Comprising 550 acres of fields, woodlands, ponds and estate grounds, Muttontown is Nassau County’s largest nature preserve and one of the most stunning settings on Long Island. The preserve includes miles of marked nature trails with local wildflowers, trees, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Another esoteric landscape where you’re never going to want to leave — not without any evidence anyway.

 

 

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Muttontown Preserve old staircase.

Photo Courtesy of tudsmudh.typepad.com

 

 


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Muttontown Preserve old building pieces.

Photo Courtesy of Yelp

  1. Jayne’s Hill, West Hills, Town of Huntington, NY

Also known as High Hill, West Hills, Oakley’s Hill, and Janes Hill. It is the highest point on Long Island, New York, with an elevation of between 387 feet and 400.9 feet above sea level. This charming mountain top-like hill will make you feel as though you’re on top of the world. With The Sound of Music type feel to it, you have to take an awesome picture if only because  the hills are alive with the sound of your flash.


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Jayne’s Hill hilltop views.

Photo Courtesy of mountain-forecast.com

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