Sightseeing in Holtsville

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A Smithsonian Affiliate museum, the Long Island Museum showcases traditional art, old-fashioned carriages, and special exhibits. The art collection ranges from the 1800s to the present, with more than 4,000 paintings, sculptures, and prints from Long Island–affiliated artists. A stock of William Sidney Mount paintings from the 1800s, which depict everyday life in the era of smoke-signal text messages, garners jealous art-world whispers along with a carriage collection displaying more than 100 horse-drawn cruisers from a variety of eras at any given time. A rotating number of special exhibits, such as artifacts from the World’s Fair or 8-track tapes from da Vinci’s own stash, also draw crowds.

1200 N Country Rd
Stony Brook,
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Over 13 yearsin Street in Islip Hamlet. Spurred by the desire to present handcrafted items, overwhelmingly American-made, in an inspired enviornment based on the caves in Spain. As soon as you step inside the door you will realize this is not your typical South Shore frame shop, or Crafts gallery. Come and lose yourself.

541 Main St
Islip,
NY
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An 18-foot giraffe cranes its neck to look at passing visitors. Across the path, ring-tailed lemurs swing between the trees. Nearby, alligators thrash in a swamp, and ostriches strut through the grass. The animal handlers at Long Island Game Farm—comprising a team of veterinary students and environmental workers—care for these native and exotic species in re-creations of their natural habitats. On any regular day, they guide visitors past enclosures populated by aoudad sheep, cougars, zebras, and red kangaroos, and demonstrate the creatures’ eating habits through scheduled viewable feedings. They also let visitors feed giraffes, goats, and zebras by hand, and discuss each creature’s lifestyle without judging them by their nighttime hobbies.

A series of trails winds through woods and public picnic areas, leading to areas such as Bambiland—an enclosure for Mediterranean and native deer—and Old MacDonald's Farmyard, where visitors can bottle-feed baby animals and hang out with pigs, rabbits, goats, and ponies. Park staffers also help smaller visitors on and off the park’s carnival rides that include spinning teacups, a miniature train, and an antique carousel. In the summer, they further engage children in Camp Zoo, a one-week day camp during which an experienced instructor teaches participants about environmental conservation and divulges facts and gossip about various animals.

638 Chapman Blvd
Manorville,
NY
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Named a top gallery in the nation for retail excellence in growth by Décor Magazine in 2005, LaMantia Gallery offers a variety of original artwork alongside professional picture framing. Protect and preserve fine art, posters, and Styx concert memorabilia inside custom frames and shadow boxes (typically starting at $125). With professionally contained artwork and mementoes, memories are deep-frozen for easily microwaved reminiscenses.

127 Main St
Northport,
NY
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For more than 25 years, Drama Kids International has nurtured thousands of thespian students and kids simply searching for an engaging activity, instilling children with the ability to speak clearly and confidently. Classes focus on sharpening articulated speech and encouraging creative expression. Children are placed in classes according to their age group: the Lower Primary (ages 5–8) teaches kids how to deliver lines and hone social skills, the Upper Primary (ages 9–11) delves into improvisation and dramatic movement, and the DKI Acting Academy (ages 12–17) preps scene-stealers on how to audition for their dream role. Each class includes a variety of activities for kids to unleash their imagination, which develops their dramatic abilities in a fun, easy-going setting. Drama Kids instructors foster an open, comfortable acting environment. Call ahead to schedule the first class and start your child down the path of becoming one of the more notable Baldwin brothers.

510 Larkfield Rd
Elwood,
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Connected to William K. Vanderbilt II’s 24-room mansion, the 60-foot domed planetarium seats 238 in the Sky Theater, using a Goto star projector and dozens of perimeter slide projectors to display 11,369 stars. Settle in at 8 p.m. to see Journey Through the Solar System, a visually and audibly engaging look at the history, contents, and personality flaws of our beloved solar system, as well as its most ardent explorer, NASA. A video library and laser disks supplement stationary images with moving pictures, an effect that makes the universe and time seem to fly by. Afterward, examine the meteorites and 6-foot-wide moon globe on display in the lobby.

180 Little Neck Rd
Centerport,
NY
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