Long Island beaches, lakes and more: Fun ways to enjoy the water – New York News

Long Island summers are made to be spent by the shore. Beyond the (many) gorgeous beaches and boating marinas, you’ll find waterside concerts, guided sails, family-friendly tours and plenty of destinations that stay alive after dark. Landlubbers can stick to dry land — watching an amazing sunset over the Long Island Sound or tucking into an alfresco lobster picnic from the docks. Here are the best ways to explore Long Island’s shores this summer.

Go crabbing in East Rockaway or Babylon

(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Blue crab season unleashes a summer boon of fun along Long Island’s shores by people who know the open secret about crabbing: It’s easy and inexpensive. You don’t need a boat — the action is just as good from a dock. Nor do you need much equipment — just a wire box trap and some bait (simple raw chicken or bunker works over and over), or a net and a bucket if you’re hunting with your eyes. Or a piece of strong string and a chicken leg. 
While you may not need a state license to do recreational crabbing, you should be aware of the minimum size and daily limits on catches.
Among the hot spots: Nassau County residents have Bay Park in East Rockaway, where you can try your luck from the bulkhead by the launch ramp (516-571-7245). In Suffolk, crabbers flock to the piers at Captree State Park in Babylon — just know that if you’re going at the most popular time — after dark — you’ll need a…

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