Need some inspiration for fun summer activities to do with the family? In this section, our reporters go on location and experience some of the great summertime adventures that Long Island has to offer! In their posts, they talk about what they did and showcase many of the pictures they took.

Click on the links below to see their stories!


Walking On Water, With Stand Up Paddleboards

Experienced by Arielle Dollinger

(*As featured in our 8/14/14 issues*)

My stomach was as calm as the harbor until we walked out onto the dock.

On the first of August, under a sky that was more ominously gray than it was blue, Long Islander News intern Megan Connor and I traversed Huntington Harbor on paddle boards!

To learn about the sport of stand-up paddle boarding, the local business Huntington Stand Up Paddle that brought us out to sea, and our experience in general (with lots of pictures as always!), read on!


When The Sky Is Your Playground

Experienced by Danny Schrafel

(*As featured in our 8/1/14 issues*)

Harborfields High School’s valedictorian is flying high, and not just in the classroom – and I had a chance to follow in his footsteps for an afternoon.

In addition to being a top scholar with a community-minded outlook, Centerport’s Keith Mills has worked as a trapeze artist during his summers off for the last two years.

Recently, I visited the I.Fly Trapeze complex, where Mills is a full-time instructor, in order to get some trapeze lessons and learn more about both the company and the craft! Read on for the full scoop!


Paddling Through LI's Waterways

Experienced by A. Dollinger & A. Wroblewski

(*As featured in our 7/31/14 issues*)

The brightly-colored boats were in seeming competition with the sun-lit sky for attention. The seagulls were resting on the sandy shore, but we were not.

Armed with kayaks and double-edged paddles, Long Islander News took to the waters of Cold Spring Harbor earlier this month. Out of Inner Harbor, across the street from the Cold Spring Harbor Library and across the water from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, we suited up for the first time with an experienced hand to guide us through the kayaking basics.

Read on to hear the full story of our amazing kayaking adventure!

Fishing On The James Joseph II

Experienced by A. Dollinger & A. Wroblewski

(*As featured in our 7/24/14 issues*)

The sky was the kind of blue that sometimes seems to exist only in the "happy ending" stage of a fairytale, and a shelf of pure-white clouds sat parallel to the horizon.

Marking our spot with camera bags and a cooler, we took to the white bench near the bow of the 65-foot James Joseph II party boat for a day of fishing with the crew and about 35 others.

Read on for the entire story of our trip out on the ocean, full of great experiences had and memories made!