Located on the North Shore in Suffolk County, Nissquogue State Park is a fantastic place to explore Long Island’s abundant nature offering views of both the Long Island Sound and the Nissequogue River. Home to a variety of ecosystems including both tidal and fresh water wetlands, the area is perfect for exploring by canoe or kayak and guided tours are available through the Nissequogue River Canoe and Kayak Rentals. Pack a picnic lunch, grab a paddle, and enjoy the day.
In nearby Smithtown, the Sweetbriar Nature Center is a 54-acre preserve located on the banks of the Nissequogue. Nature trails, a butterfly exhibit, seasonal events, and several live animal displays makes for another fun stop for families.