From the Queens border to Montauk Point, Long Island is bustling with entertaining, educational and relaxing things to do. So why not consider putting together a customized “vacation” day with friends or the one you love this holiday weekend? Shop by day till just before you drop to save some energy to visit a local comedy club by night. Or how about booking a tour or a beer tasting at one of Long Island’s up-and-coming microbreweries and later enjoy a ballet, musical or play at one of the many fine theaters around the Island? Check out our Things to Do to find hundreds of ways to plan a getaway for a day—without going away!
Shop Till you (Almost) Drop at one of Long Island’s Outlets
Spend a day looking for early-spring bargains at one of Long Island’s shopping outlets where you’ll find deals from top designers like Aldo, Kalvin Klein, Guess, Reebok, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ann Klein, Guess and Coach. You’ll also find bargains on housewares and home furnishings from stores like Corningware Corelle, Ethan Allen, Kitchen Collection, Lenox Factory Outlet, Pottery Barn Outlet and Restoration Hardware.
Visit a Comedy Club
You don’t have to travel to Manhattan to enjoy a great night out at a comedy club. There are lots of them right on Long Island—places like Behind Bars in Wantagh, the Brokerage Comedy Club in Bellmore and McGuire’s in Bohemia that feature both veteran and local up-and-coming comics. If you hit it right, you can even catch an amateur night performance at a venue where some of the greats like Seinfeld and Rosie O’Donnell got their start.
Book a Tour at a Brewery
In recent years, a surprising number of microbreweries have opened all over the Island, catering to the growing demand for a greater variety of artisan and craft beer. Visit the Black Forest Brew Haus in Farmingdale to enjoy beer micro brewed on premise from authentic Privatbrauerei Hoepfner recipes, together with great German food. Book a tour at Seattle Brewery Tours or enjoy beer tasting at The Blind Bat Brewery in Centerport or at the Great South Bay Brewery in Bay Shore.
Take in a Play or Cultural Performance
In the mood for a ballet? How about an orchestral or a live theatre performance? Look no further than Long Island’s hundreds of cultural venues. The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center offers theatre, rock, jazz, comedy and magic performances, among many others. Why travel to Broadway when you can take in a world-class Met Live, dance, jazz or comedy performance right in Stony Brook at the famed Staller Center for the Arts? Or you may want to enjoy a performance by Long Island’s own Swingtime Big Band or the South Shore Symphony featured this weekend at the Madison Theatre at Molloy College in Rockville Centre.