Recreational Activities

Picnics/Fun Activities

Belmont Lake State Park

625 Belmont Ave., Babylon, NY 11702. 631-667-5055. Activities/Facilities: basketball courts, boating, fishing, hiking, playing fields, picnicking. Fee/Free.

Connetquot River State Park

Box 505, Oakdale, New York 11769. 631-581-1072. Activities/Facilities: bird watching, cross-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, nature trails. Fee/Free.

Heckscher State Park

Heckscher Pkwy. Field 1, East Islip, NY 11730. 631-581-2100. Activities/Facilities: 20 miles of hiking trails and camping, beaches, indoor pool, playgrounds, playing fields. Fee/Free.

Hempstead Lake State Park

Eagle Avenue, West Hempstead, NY 11552. 516-766-1029. Activities/Facilities: 20 tennis courts, basketball courts, biking and hiking trails, children's playgrounds, historic hand carved wooden carousel, shaded picnic areas. Fee/Free.

Valley Stream State Park

48 North Fletcher Ave., Valley Stream, New York 11580. 516-825-4128. Activities include picnicking, volleyball, basketball, softball, bocce ball, nature trails, hiking, play areas, and a fitness trail, a unique outdoor exercise adventure with a focus on cardiovascular fitness for all ages. Fee/Free.