The Survival Race?s 5-kilometer track challenges racers to navigate a gauntlet of mud-laden terrain. Staggered waves of up to 300 runners each conquer military-style obstacles, wade through murky water, and slide through muddy trenches before reaching the finish line to celebrate at a shindig awash with delicious eats and smitten swamp monsters. Afterward, a Facebook album aids online nostalgia by showcasing dirt-caked athletes and their marshy feats.
Safari Adventure is home to an 11,000-square-foot jungle playland, where intrepid tykes can scale the four-level Kilimanjaro playground complete with tubes, slides, obstacles, and cargo nets. Enormous inflatable bouncers introduce little ones to the wonders of gravity defiance, and more than 40 video and skill games push their dexterous digits toward thumbs-up glory (tokens not included in today's Groupon). Pre- and postexploration, starving safarians can also munch on healthy snacks—whole fruit, yogurt, salads, and more—at the Lion's Den Café.
Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard started in 1978, when newlyweds Ed and Monica Harbes bought some land and began growing potatoes and cabbages to support their family. Ed, a 13th-generation farmer, worked with his father to get the business up and running. As the years passed, the couple's children started to work on the farm as well. Eventually, all the family's tomatoes, sweet corn, and growing brood of scarecrows outgrew their original plot of land, and the family expanded into three separate locations—which Ed and Monica's eight children still operate. As the Harbes plow and harvest the fields, visitors at each location can stock up on fresh produce and participate in seasonal activities. An 6-acre Wild West corn maze draws visitors to Jamesport farm, whereas at Riverhead farm, the fall season brings opportunities to pick apples and pumpkins. Another 5-acre Robin Hood-themed corn maze entertains the masses while a spooky moonlight corn maze cast spells of fall splendor. Visitors to the Mattituck location—the largest farm—can shop for fresh produce in the market or relax in the wine-tasting barn. Amid its warming and inviting wood walls, servers pour selections from Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard's award-winning wines, which Winemaker Ed Harbes IV creates using his vineyard's vinifera clones. But as much as the Harbes family loves food and wine, it also devotes a large portion of time to environmental preservation. The farmers use locally sourced compost to reduce to need for commercial fertilizer, and as of 2012, they have placed more than 50 acres into conservation easement, ensuring that the land is never developed or used to grow an army of giant brussels sprouts.
The Vineyards Golf Club's private course?an 18-hole layout dominated by five par 3 holes?may look easy at first glance, but it contains difficulties that don't show up on a scorecard. Even if golfers can keep their golf balls from slipping into the surrounding farmland, out of the native wildflower growths and fescue grasses that constitute the rough, and away from lazy truffle pigs, they still have to deal with the wind. It's true that the open layout contains almost no trees to obstruct shots, but that also means there's nothing to keep the wind from blowing a ball off course. Furthermore, stiff breezes regularly combine with raised greens to render the pinpointing of exact yardages a complicated mental task.
Treasure Cove Resort Marina isn't just a source for shoreline recreation: it's also a gateway to much of the scenic Peconic River. To help visitors get acquainted with the serene ecosystem and local waterways, guides lead tours by boat, canoe, or kayak. More adventurous folks can rent their own vessels from Long Island Canoe Kayak Rental as well as standup paddleboards, electric bikes, or fishing rods and forge unaccompanied journeys of their own. The 120-slip marina is outfitted with private docks and full-amenity hookups for powered boats up to 65 feet long.
The Long Island Science Center seeks to promote the knowledge and love of science, mathematics, engineering, and technology in people of all ages. They adopt a “learning by doing” philosophy, which results in myriad interactive exhibits that explore subjects such as volcanoes, Egyptian hieroglyphics, the planets, and crime scenes. The museum also holds regular special and seasonal events, as well as special programs for school groups.