Wood Kingdom of Brookhaven creates outdoor playsets, swings, and forts for clients' homes, and gives kids a chance to explore the creations at an indoor playground. Whether celebrating a birthday—replete with pizza and a treasure hunt—or just visiting for an open-play session, children have free reign over wooden playsets equipped with swings, slides, and platforms.
The man's smile stretches almost as wide as the giant striped bass in his right hand. A novice fisherman, he's snagged his very first catch aboard one of Celtic Quest Fishing's group boats. A crew member snaps a photograph of the triumphant moment. Although it depicts only a moment in time, that photo recounts a much larger story. The man can point to it when he tells friends how he grabbed hold of rod and reel, cast a line, and wrestled with a resilient foe—ultimately pulling the fish up onto the dock.
This sort of experience happens frequently aboard Celtic Quest Fishing's group-fishing boats, which can carry 70–100 people at a time. The company, founded by Port Jefferson native Captain Des O’Sullivan, maintains two of the giant vessels. They carry groups out in search of black fish, fluke, porgies, or any other species Poseidon sends out to defend his honor. Regardless of the targeted catch, Celtic Quest Fishing's expert crew members supply all necessary gear, and they happily teach newbies fishing basics.
Settle traffic arguments by challenging an opposing driver to a duel on Boomers!'s speedy go-carts. Or just cruise solo, banking curves and outdriving total strangers in a wild day of rubber-burning and dust-eating. For crashtastic thrills, climb aboard a bumper boat and drift on the waterscape, floating amok and gleefully broadsiding fellow captains. A bit of the briny seeps into Boomers!'s mini-golf range, where it creates a sparkling blue hazard to complement the verdant greens. Finish the day with a feeling of accomplishment that comes only from climbing Boomers!'s big, giant rock wall. The 32-foot climbing surface has a variety of handholds and different climbing options, so explore them all with the three climbs. Be sure to check Boomers! Medford's hours before heading out.
A colorful creature soars high above Rocky Point's coastline. Its rainbow sail lifts, dips, and turns over sandy beaches and a blue ocean that stretches as far as the eye can see. The gliders in question belong to GMI Paragliding School, which makes its home along Rocky Point, a site insured by the United States Hang Gliding Paragliding Association. The school’s skilled instructor introduces beginners to the basics of paragliding, which include ground control, monitoring the weather, theory, and techniques to avoid attracting amorous vultures. After mastering beginner skills, new flyers can join Long Island Paragliding Club to pursue dreams of someday touching the sky’s ceiling.
At Skydive South Shore, Inc., the best part of skydiving could be the adrenaline rush—or it could be the panoramic views of the Atlantic, Westhampton Beach, and the Long Island Sound. Based out of Brookhaven-Calabro Airport in Shirley, the New York–proximate skydiving center is ideally situated to showcase these views on its tandem dives. After jumping, instructor-and-diver duos segue smoothly from free fall to a peaceful parachute flight guided by dual controls.
Sportime's expert instructors impart athletes of all skill sets with ball-swatting knowhow at a full-service tennis facility replete with a lounge area, pro shop, locker rooms for showering, and seasonal indoor and outdoor tennis courts. One-hour private tennis lessons––valid for either adults or juniors––assimilate swingers to the ways of the racquet in a friendly, individualized setting. A senior or staff pro instructor certified in tennis tutelage will guide students through tennis kinetics, Sportime's own accelerated tennis-teaching method that focuses on nurturing and refining forehands, honing backhands, and safely rescuing trapped dolphins from the net.
Players cross paths with obstacles that are both challenging and pleasant at Sayville Falls Mini Golf, from caves and aquatic life to a double-sided waterfall. The miniature links feature lighting throughout the grounds in order to host rounds even after the sun sets or runs out of batteries. Aside from its own amenities, the course's downtown location can be a draw as well: it sits directly behind the Long Island Sportsplex, where visitors can continue their sporting with games of basketball, lacrosse, soccer, and volleyball.
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