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.
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.
A pair of boots, a board, and a long hose are all it takes to become a superhero. Well, that and an awful lot of water pressure. Flyboard Long Island combines all of these things into a namesake device, which attaches to the feet and uses jets of water to lift riders into the air. It doesn't take long to grasp the basics, but additional training and practice can lead to more impressive stunts, such as cutting diagonally through the air or eating a hot dog without getting it wet.
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.
At Aerial Fitness & Hot Yoga Studio, students engage in exercises that employ body weight as resistance. During TRX-suspension and warrior rope workouts, muscles become confused, meaning that they must continually adjust to different weight loads and the truth that dumbbells can’t feel their love. Vinyasa and hot yoga classes also strengthen the body with the body itself. For instance, students hold a pushup posture during the plank pose, developing sleek, strong shoulders while breathing deeply and quieting the mind.
The certified instructors give each student one-on-one feedback and support. This focused attention ensures that students practice safe, effective technique and stay motivated to push past their perceived limitations.
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.