One of the suggestions given for a topic was by John W. Howell, author of My GRL. He wanted to know about my summers on the east coast. I did summer camp, a few vacations that took me away from the coast, and other things that don’t really strike me as interesting. The reason is because I live here. That makes it hard for me to go on about Long Island and the fun I personally had. Sure, I loved the Bronx Zoo and the Aquarium and tolerated the beaches where crabs were always out to get me. Sand gets everywhere and it’s uncomfortable after a while.
I remember this happening in Florida too. Being from New York, the tourist areas still held an appeal. Disney World, Sea World, Animal Kingdom, and all the other places that drive people to fly down to the heat. Yet whenever I talked to a local about it, there was no sense of wonder. Disney World to them was what so many things in New York were to me. Simply there and an option for fun if you felt like paying for it. This is why you might feel like a tourist for a few years after moving.
Now, here is what I would recommend to people visiting the Long Island/NYC area:
- Bronx Zoo is a must for animal lovers.
- Coney Island Aquarium for the same reason and find the original Nathan’s nearby. There’s also the amusement park.
- Beaches. Take your pick.
- Fishing if you’re into it and can afford it.
- Wineries are out in the east, but I haven’t been there yet. I tended to go north to the Finger Lakes for that.
- New York City has a ton of museums, but my favorite is the Museum of Natural History because it has dinosaurs.
- Take in a Broadway show if you want. I went to say Le Miserables when I was younger . . . I should say I was dragged to see it because I’m not a fan of musicals.
- Try the pizza. Try the bagels.
- Go to a park on Long Island and relax. We’re the suburbs, so there’s a lot of places to bum around.
- Sure there are some historical sites if you’re into that stuff.
That’s all I can think of. So, what would you suggest in your area?