Top 10 things to do this winter on Long Island beaches!

1. Create a seashell Christmas ornament: The perfect gift for a neighbor or visiting family! The internet is flooded with great DIY tutorials but here is one we loved. Collect some sand, your favorite sea shells and pour them into a glass ornament- TADAA! You’ve got yourself a lovely addition to your Christmas tree.

2. Fly a kite: Have fun making a kite with your kids, then head out on a windy winter beach day to watch the kite soar!

3. Go rock pooling: The shores of Long Island are crawling with interesting critters and searching for them can be fascinating. The lower the tide, the more likely you are to find unusual creatures, but don’t forget to wear a pair of non-slip shoes. Your curiosity will grow as you uncover a new world beneath the rocks and in puddles. Remember to be gentle with these creatures and familiarize yourself with any local regulations that may apply.

4. Go on a seal watching walk: Seal watching walks in the winter are offered at various locations on Long Island, including Montauk Point State Park and Jones Beach State Park, along with educational guided tours at Cupsogue Beach by the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI). Seal watching is a great way to get in tune with the natural beauty of Long Island.

5. Go shell collecting: Long Island beaches are full of beautiful shells that serve as a useful way of learning about the underwater world. Challenge your kids to find the smallest, biggest, or most odd looking shell. Go shell collecting on brisk morning and enjoy a nice warm brunch afterwards!

6. Have a winter beach picnic: Pack your cozy blanket and warm hot chocolate for a crisp beach picnic. Instead of fighting for a spot on the beach during the summer months, you’ll be cuddled up with your loved ones enjoying a relaxing picnic with a stunning view!

7. Build a sandman: Ditch the traditional and gather the family to build a “Sandman” (the sand equivalent of a snowman). It’ll sure turn heads!

8. Take photographs: Long Island beaches are at their wildest in winter. This is the time of the year to capture pristine images of the shore with no trace of footprints, other than your own.

9. Write a poem: From Walt Whitman to Edgar Allen Poe, the sea has inspired writers for generations. Bring your favorite notebook, close your eyes, listen to the sound of the winter waves crashing and let your imagination wander…

10. Play a sport: Just because it isn’t summer anymore doesn't mean you can’t roll around in the sand. Instead of diving into the mud during a winter football or soccer game, bring the fun to the beach. After you’ve built up a sweat you might just feel like taking a swim!

As always, please enjoy all of these activities safely and responsibly!

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