From the world-famous Jones Beach to the great golfing opportunities at Bethpage State Park, Long Island is gifted with some of the best parks and recreational facilities in the country. Long Island's 20 state parks and historic sites attract nearly 20 million visitors annually.
Jones Beach State Park serves as the centerpoint of parks on Long Island, with its 6.5 miles of white sand beach along the Atlantic Ocean, beautiful boardwalk, a newly reconstructed 15,000-seat concert facility, the newly-opened Castles in the Sand exhibit -- which outlines the development of Long Island's state parks and parkways by Robert Moses. Bethpage State Park boasts five, 18-hole golf courses, including the newly renovated and world-class Black Course, which hosted both the 2002 and 2009 US Open.
Anglers are lured by world-famous fly-fishing in the same waters fished by presidents at Connetquot River State Park Preserve. Salt water fishing is available at Captree State Park's famous fishing port from its dock, boat launch or fishing fleet. The sweeping lawns, formal gardens and 65 room Tudor style Gold Coast mansion of Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park will take visitors back to an age of splendor and beauty. Campsites are available at Hither Hills and Wildwood State Parks, and history and literature buffs can glimpse into the past of American poet Walt Whitman at the Walt Whitman Birthplace.