Fishing activities

Long Island Water Activities for All Prices

The best way to beat the summer heat is to get out on the water or just get wet. From sailing to surfing to a water park, Long Island has it all.

Here’s a guide to some water activities that can suit any budget and provide at least two hours of fun:


Sail for two hours on a Hobie Wave (13ft, holds 1-3 people), Hobie Getaway (17ft, holds 2-4 people) or Sonar (23ft, holds 2-4 people) sailboat at The Waterfront Center at Oyster Bay. ($70-$80, 516-922-7245,, 1 West End Ave., new tenants take a security certification exam)

Snap selfies aboard the 100-foot Super Cruiser Atlantic Pearl for Captain Lou Fleet’s Long Island Whale Watching Cruise, which departs from 31 Woodcleft Ave. in Freeport. ($65-$75 adult, $60-$75 senior, $49-$60 child 3-12, 516-544-6698,

Do something new and rent a two-person canoe for two hours from Long Island Canoe Kayak Rentals at Treasure Cove Resort Marina in Riverhead. ($60, 631-727-8386,, 469 E. Main St.)

Hop on the “Bug Light” cruise to the Long Beach Bar Lighthouse in Orient, courtesy of the East End Seaport Museum, located on Third Street at the Ferry Dock in Greenport on Saturdays from 5-7 p.m. ($59, $25 for children under 4 to 4 years). 12, 631-477-2100,

Head to New York’s largest water park, Splish Splash in Calverton, where you can dare on Bootleggers Run and Bombs Away or relax at the Kahuna Bay Wave Pool and Lazy River. There are even kid-only attractions like the Yellow Submarine and the Octopus Pool. ($54.99, 631-727-3600,, 2549 Splish Splash Drive)


Get your paddle out and start moving when you rent a kayak or paddle board in Stony Brook Harbor through Stony Brook Harbor Kayak & Paddleboard Rentals. ($45 paddleboard or single kayak for two hours, 631-834-3130,, 51 Shore Road, Stony Brook)

Get adventurous at Adventureland in Farmingdale by taking the Lifeboats, Adventure Falls and the Little Dipper Water Ride. ($41.99 2-24, $31.99 25+, 631-694-6868,, 2245 Broadhollow Road)

Take on the waves as you surf with the rental of a seven to eight foot soft foam board or five to nine foot premium fiberglass surfboard from Unsound Surf in Long Beach. (Soft board $40 for four hours, fiberglass board $45 for four hours, 516-889-1112,, 359 E. Park Ave., must be 14 or older, present valid ID) identity and sign a waiver)

Take part in Colonel “Wrong Way” Bay’s Bumper Boat Safaris or ride down Boomer Bay’s Adventure Waterslide or fight Berkley Bay’s Wild Water Balloon Wars at Bayville Adventure Park. ($33.75 all-inclusive day ticket, 516-624-7433,, 8 Bayville Ave.)

Book a two-hour Saturday evening sunset cruise on the South Shore with Freeport Water Taxi & Tours in Freeport. ($30 per person, 516-521-7744,, must be 12 or older, 211 Woodcleft Ave.)

Rent a skimboard for the day (24 hours a day) from Long Island’s SideSlip Skim School and ride the waves along the shore. ($30 per day with drop-off/pick-up service, 631-532-7293,


Take a two-hour ride on a paddle boat or rental row boat to Belmont Lake State Park, located off the Southern State Parkway (exit 38) in West Babylon. ($20, ,, must be 18 or older)

Spend the day getting wet at a water park! Explore Shipwreck Cove, a pirate-themed water playground with a slide, climbing net, and multiple levels to play in, located on South Clinton Avenue at Bay Shore Marina, for an afternoon treasure. ($10 City of Islip resident with ID, $12 non-resident, 631-224-5404,

Head to Jones Beach Fishing Station, located at Field 10 off Ocean Parkway in Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, to rent a rod and reel to fish. ($5.99 for three hours, $9.99 four to six hours, 631-559-5938,