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Long Island Lighthouse Cruise Schedule

Cruising and visiting lighthouses on the Long Island Sound are like two peas in a pod.   East End Lighthouses does a spectacular job with their cruises aboard the Peconic Star II.  They cruise eastern Long Island and explore the history of the lighthouses that have guided many boaters throughout the waters of Long Island Sound.  Their remaining summer schedule includes:

August 15th & September 26th – Lighthouse, Maritime History & Gardiner’s Island Cruise.  Learn the history of the area including that of Plum Island and Gardiner’s Island.  Participants will see five lighthouses which include Orient Point, Plum Island, Little Gull Island, Race Rock, and Long Beach Bar lighthouses.  Maritime and lighthouse history narration is included.

September  5thVisit to Long Beach Bar “Bug” Lighthouse.  This is a unique opportunity to visit and tour the totally replicated 1870 lighthouse which took only 60 days to complete.  Climb into the lantern room of this working lighthouse and walk along the exterior walkway and get a true feel for this lighthouse.   Narration will be included with this tour.

All cruises depart at 3:30 P.M. and include a buffet dinner and Long Island wines.  Fee is $95.00 per person.  Reservations can be made in advance at East End Lighthouses or call 631-406-6180.

Sailing on Long Island Sound

Enjoying a sunset sail on Long Island Sound is a must while visiting the Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast on the North Fork.  As the day ends and the sun sets, nothing is as romantic as a sunset sail.   For two hours sit back and enjoy the natural beauty of Long Island Sound.  The light is soft, the mood is romantic, and the relaxing sound of the water as it laps against the hug is magical.  Sail away into the sunset as another Summer day ends on Long Island.

In addition to a sunset sail, maybe you have always thought of learning to sail?  A variety of classes are available including a half day class to learn the basis of sailing, held on Saturdays from 8:45 until noon.  Whether you are planning to purchase a boat, envy others that already know how to sail, or want to know the basics in case of an emergency, a sailing class could be just what is needed.   The skills and expertise of the captain will guide you along the way.    

Most sunset sails are scheduled for Saturday or Sunday at 6 P.M. and costs $50 per person, with a maximum of 6 people.  However, the Captain is flexible and will accommodate your needs whenever possible.  If you are considering joining Sail Long Island to learn to sail, it is suggested to call 917-912-6342 for additional information.  Schedules are flexible and pricing varies for learn to sail programs.     

Orient Beach State Park on Long Island

While enjoying your stay at Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast, make sure to take the time to enjoy Orient Beach State Park.  Orient Beach State Park is located at the eastern end of the North Fork on Long Island. Orient Beach has 45,000 feet of frontage on Gardiner’s Bay and forms the protective arm of Orient Harbor. The park is open year round and there is also a small bathhouse. The beach has beautiful scenery and if you walk to the end, you will enjoy wonderful views of Shelter Island and Long Beach lighthouse. Apparently not many people know about the Park as it never seems to be crowded, which makes this a great getaway.

Orient Beach State Park offers more than just swimming. Visitors can wonder trails throughout the thick forest or stroll along one of the many marshes. Along the way you will enjoy the beauty of red cedar, black-jack oaks trees, and prickly-pear cactus. Be sure to keep your eyes open as the area is home to wildlife such as terns and osprey, which are plentiful in the marshes. Or if you prefer a little more adventure, why not rent a bicycle or kayak?

This is a wonderful Park and a great way to enjoy the day at the beach.

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