Vacation to Some, Old Hat to Others

Jones Beach on Long Island, NY

Jones Beach on Long Island, NY

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:

  1. Bronx Zoo is a must for animal lovers.
  2. Coney Island Aquarium for the same reason and find the original Nathan’s nearby.  There’s also the amusement park.
  3. Beaches.  Take your pick.
  4. Fishing if you’re into it and can afford it.
  5. Wineries are out in the east, but I haven’t been there yet.  I tended to go north to the Finger Lakes for that.
  6. New York City has a ton of museums, but my favorite is the Museum of Natural History because it has dinosaurs.
  7. 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.
  8. Try the pizza.  Try the bagels.
  9. Go to a park on Long Island and relax.  We’re the suburbs, so there’s a lot of places to bum around.
  10. 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?

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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37 Responses to Vacation to Some, Old Hat to Others

  1. I have always loved the East. I’ve done all these and they are good suggestions. My area? Beach, fish, margarita. Thanks for the pingback


  2. Thanks for the suggestions. They sound like a lot of fun. (-:


  3. sknicholls says:

    Thanks for the suggestions. If I went to NY, I would favor going out to the suburbs and visit some historical sites.


  4. These are all great suggestions, but you don’t really have me convienced to check out all the historical spots. Haha.

    In Houston:
    Johnson Space Center
    …that can’t possibly be it.


  5. 1WriteWay says:

    I used to live in San Francisco, a city that everyone wants to visit. Then moved to Tallahassee, a city nobody wants to visit. At least none of my West Coast friends. Can’t imagine why. I mean, we have Barnes & Noble, Chipotle, lots of Subways, and a state capital building that looks like an erect penis and two testicles ( What’s not to like? For my family, it’s a little less country than our origins, but not citified enough to be entertaining. While my husband and I might be happy hiking in in the various parks, canoeing on the many rivers, and looking out for the booming population of alligators, our visitors inevitably head toward Orlando. Sometimes they bypass us altogether 😉


  6. Wish I’d had this list last year. Will try to remember for next time.


  7. I recently visited LA, where I grew up, and had a similar culture clash. Of course I wanted to go to Disneyland, mostly out of nostalgia. We always went there for birthdays, back when it only cost a finger to get in, not the whole arm and leg… It was great to take my daughter there for her birthday, with some help from my Dad.

    We also visited LA’s Museum of Natural History and had an even better time there. We walked right up to everything we wanted to see, no lines and no reservations except the butterfly pavilion. There were dinosaurs, and fossil mammals, and those dioramas with taxidermied animals. It was all indoors and air conditioned!

    But the most memorable thing about my visit was a mockingbird that sang non-stop outside our house. Something very simple, in other words. And you mention people fishing “if they can afford it,” so I’d recommend looking for state and national parks where activities like that may be more affordable.


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