Patch Picks: Staycations

Our weekly guide of things to do and places to go in Kings Park. This week, we highlight places to spend a day off.

Sure, the economy is gradually getting better. But gas is still hovering near $4 per gallon, and plane tickets always cost a small fortune. Why spend all that money when Kings Park has plenty of places to get away for a day, or even a week? Here are some spots to keep in mind when using your vacation days:

Kings Park is right near the North Shore, and that means in addition to the mammals inhabiting Nissequogue River State Park, there are also plenty of marine animals and even reptiles to see. Be sure to bring a camera and some hiking shoes, and maybe an umbrella too--there's no such thing as bad weather when it comes to the park.

"But it's not beach weather yet!" Who cares? The beach doesn't stay inside or fly south for the cold weather, and as anyone who has ever trekked through the sand on a cold, windy day can tell you, few experiences can compare to a brisk and cool day on the shore.

Is it April 1 yet? No, not for pranking, but for opening day at the Old Dock Inn. From the moment the lunch menu hits your table to the last call at the end of the season, the Inn is the place to go for a slice of fine beach life.

Maybe you only work in Kings Park, or maybe you moved here to start a family. Whatever the reason, it doesn't hurt to learn a thing or two about the town, and that's where the Kings Park Heritage Museum comes in. Featuring music, photos, videos, artifacts and more, you'll feel like you've hopped in a time machine.

If your No. 1 reason to take a vacation out of state is for golf, there are 27 reasons for you to visit Sunken Meadow State Park--as in a 27-hole golf course, along with a driving range and putting green.


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