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Moses State Park // (c) discoverlongisland.com
Cradle of Aviation MuseumLiving in Long Island, I have my personal faves, like the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Roosevelt Field, where Charles Lindbergh took off for his solo transatlantic flight in 1927, is now a shopping mall, but his Jenny is on display at the museum and so is an impressive collection of air and spacecraft including a Lunar Excursion Module built on Long Island. The first time I visited I had budgeted a couple of hours, but four hours later I hadn’t even tried the huge IMAX theater or some of the hands-on experiences.
Charles Lindbergh Blvd.,
Garden City, NY www.cradleofaviation.org
Lighthouse at Fire Island // (c) discoverlongisland.com
GreenportIf you want to enjoy a Long Island meal, Greenport on the North Fork is a town with a great lineup of waterfront restaurants where you can enjoy the extremely fresh seafood with vintages from the local wineries. Walk down the street and see which one has the brand of live music you prefer, then shop the one-of-a-kind stores and the roadside stands. If you want to linger overnight, take the ferry over to Shelter Island, which has a Canadian feel with its Victorian B and Bs.
Long Island Vineyard // (c) Richard Wilches 2009
2885 Peconic Lane, Peconic, NYwww.tastingroomli.com
Attias Flea Market With around 200 vendors and 600 booths, the Attias Flea market is open Thursday through Sunday. Set aside an hour and a half for browsing, but if you’re seriously shopping three or four hours is more like it. They have 60 jewelry counters, a bridal section, wiccan supplies, name brand and knockoff purses and shoes, electronics, massage, etc., etc. For the foot-weary there is a food court where you can try to remember where you saw that must-have patented fishing reel.
5750 Sunrise Highway,