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10 Terrific Ways to Spend a Long Island Weekend (or Weekday) on the Water

By: Alexa Anderwkavich

Metro Creative

Almost anywhere on Long Island, we are only a short distance away from local waterways and wet n’ wild ventures. And our lovely Long Island beaches are only the beginning. From kayaking and SUP outings to boat tours and charter fishing, get ready to make a splash into these watery weekend activities that will take you from sound to sea…

Hop in a canoe or kayak and ride along the beautiful Peconic River. Reel in fish, strengthen your core and improve your balance while having fun on stand-up paddle boards, or opt for a more relaxing excursion on an electric board tour. A Moonlight Tour is a way to completely transform your experience on the water—watch the sunset and then let only the moon’s glow guide you along the river. Open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 

Travel the island like never before! Rent a canoe or kayak at the Nissequogue State Park and embark on five and half miles of untouched nature. Lace your sneakers, apply some sunscreen, pack a picnic lunch and get ready to paddle. Call ahead for information on departure times and locations, which change with the tides. A boat takes you back to your initial departure location at the end of your trip so no need to worry just enjoy the ride.

  • Sail and Fish on a Trip to Sand City 

Sail over to the North Shore Yacht Clubone the oldest yacht clubs on Long Island—offering sailing lessons for adults and juniors, as well as sailboat races. Or maybe try to catch some bluefish, weakfish, porgies, fluke or black sea bass on the Sand City Charter

For those looking to be in tune with nature and their inner zen, now’s the time to venture over to Shelter Island. A great way to take it all in is to kayak around the tranquil, protected harbors and creeks—an eco-friendly, non-intrusive way to examine nature up close and experience all its breathtaking beauty. 

After you experience the wonders that live under the deep blue seas inside the Long Island Aquarium, hop on a sunset booze cruise right outside along the pristine Peconic River, and raise a glass to the natural beauty all around.

A different sort of booze cruise awaits on both the north and south shores as the Paddle Pub embarks from both the Huntington Harbor and Patchogue River. Celebrate with singing, dancing, party games, drinks, sightseeing and pure relaxation. 

Freeport’s Nautical Mile is known for its happening main streets bursting with nightlife and great energy, but that all holds true for life on the water as well as you board the Freeport Happy Hour Cruise for a night of Caribbean music and libations as you take in the sights of the South Shore.  

Whether you’re seeking a rush or looking to relax, Gold Coast Water Sport Charters in Huntington offers the chance to get out there and try some tubing, waterskiing, wakesurfing and wakeboarding—as well as sunset cruises and more. 

Cruises, charters and wildlife watching: you can choose your weekend adventure at The Captain Lou Fleet. Whale- and seal watching, cruises along the famous Nautical Mile, sapphire yacht charters, fishing charters and private charters. You can even spend a few nights on board, taking in Long Island’s East End, cruising around Montauk Point and viewing the Montauk Lighthouse and other wonders that take on a whole new meaning when viewed from the water. 

Sail away one of the Montauk Catamaran Company’s stunning and sustainably created vessels, built right here Long Island by local craftsmen inspired by traditional Polynesian boat design. This is an all-around eco-friendly way to experience The End, with gorgeous views and  just the sound of the waves and the wind.