A member-supported, nonprofit organization, the Seatuck Environmental Association works to promote the conservation of Long Island's natural environment through research and educational programs. Members regularly gather with field experts on its 70-acre marshland preserve for scheduled hikes, photography classes, and meditation sessions. The trails and boardwalks that wind through the salt marshes and upland forests also lead to the Suffolk County Environmental Center, housed in a 1917 Normandy-style chateau. Members may tour the historic mansion while admiring features such as arched doorways and diamond-cut windows that allow sunlight to filter into the garret and onto the place where its original steam-powered Nintendo would have stood. The Seatuck Environmental Association also hosts regular fundraising events such as the End of Summer Barbecue and the Bats-N-Brews fundraiser, as well as an array of educational programs for all ages.
The Governor's locations are ranked among 10Best's Editor's Picks for live Long Island entertainment; they have featured some of the best-known names in the business, such as Jim Gaffigan, Brian Regan, and Jerry Seinfeld. Upcoming performers include Mike Yard with Eric Tartaglione at McGuire's, Andy Pitz at the Brokerage, and Greg Fitzsimmons at Governor's. Check the schedules to find out which club will make you laugh so loudly area birds will be too scared to sing for days.
Momo’s Sports Bar & Grill maintains the feel of a cozy neighborhood hangout even as customers flock to its plentiful TV screens like moths to a TV screen. While fans cheer on their favorite competitors, platefuls of signature wings and burgers disappear with swigs of Miller Lite, served in $8 pitchers.
A ringleader at Venice California’s Muscle Beach, Joe Gold founded World Gym in 1976, creating what would become an iconic spot for Hollywood’s brawniest bunch, including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno. Today, that gym is a worldwide franchise spanning more than a dozen countries. World Gym in Ronkonkoma comes with all the perks clients have come to expect from the franchise, including a free-weight room stacked with dumbbells, barbells, and plenty of plates. Cardio addicts can head to one of several group classes, such as spotlight cycle, which utilizes stationary bikes for heart-racing, indoor exercise. After a workout, exercisers can grab a towel and a snack or re-energize with a drink from the juice bar.
During Group and Cuddles and Strokes swim sessions, the aqua aces at Saf-T-Swim equip bipeds with the skills and safety techniques necessary for conquering liquid-filled lands. Group classes sport student/instructor ratios as small as four to one, giving each floater more personalized attention as he or she learns to glide through the water more gracefully than a troupe of manatee ballerinas. Buyers can purchase multiple Groupons to allow families and friends to gain aqueous footing in the same welcoming environment among their peers and other swim scholars.
STEP Preschool's teachers don't just shape kids cognitively—they also develop them physically. That's because the state-licensed preschool employs multitalented staffers who lead clinics in soccer, T-ball, gymnastics, and other sports to help refine the motor skills and kinesthetic learning of children aged 2–5. Physical education boasts as integral a role in the curriculum as reading and writing, math, technology, and other academic areas that prepare kids for kindergarten and a tenure-track professorship.
England has a long equestrian history. In the military, army regiments would train with horses and learn to use reins, crops, and their legs to give commands. This training eventually evolved into the English style of horseback riding. The Western style of horseback riding, meanwhile, harkens back to the Wild West, when cowboys spent long days herding cattle and delivering cappuccinos to Clint Eastwood. The hard work necessitated a larger saddle and relied on the rider's bodyweight to communicate commands. These two historic styles still dominate the equestrian world today, and riders can master both English and Western riding at Outlaw Acres.
Whatever style students choose, they start by bonding with one of the barn's steeds—which include English, Western Pleasure, Dressage, and other types of horses. Instructors then help riders master new skills, such as jumping or barrel racing. The instructors also prepare students for competitions; Outlaw Acres' star pupils have won awards at events such as The Islip Horsemen’s Association, Eastern Gymkhana Association, and the Long Island Horsemen’s Association. Additionally, when the time comes for a serious commitment to horsemanship, Outlaw Acres can sell or lease students horses of their very own.