Long Island Day Trip Planner Over Thanksgiving

Staying on Long Island this Thanksgiving weekend? No need to fret, there’s plenty of things to do to keep families busy over this holiday. Thanksgiving is defined as a day for giving thanks for divine goodness. Commonly families get together to give thanks for all they have and for each other. The celebration often extends into the days after Thanksgiving. The kids have a few days off of school to celebrate the holiday so make it count and plan for a few fun day trips that will keep the entire family happy and having fun.

November  22, 2012
Start celebrating a little early by participating in the 35th Annual Garden City Turkey Trot. The 1.4 mile Fun Run starts at 9:15 am. There is also a 5 mile Turkey Trot at 10 am and a Challenger division race at 8:30 am. Registration is $10 for the Fun Run and $25 for the 5 mile races. All proceeds go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Meet at St. Paul’s Recreation Center at 295 Stewart Avenue, Garden City. For more information, visit www.gcturkeytrot.com. 

When its time to enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner head over to the Rein at the Garden City Hotel. The Rein is offering a Thanksgiving buffet which includes all of the fixings of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Selections include a Mediterranean station, salad station, a carving station, smoked ham, pan-seared filet mignon, risotto station, pasta station and many entrees. The dessert options include cakes, pastries, pies, cookies, petit fours, an ice cream sundae bar and a dark chocolate fountain. Located at 45 Seventh Street in Garden City. For more information, please call 516-747-3000 or visit www.gardencityhotel.com/upcoming-events.

Another great dining option is the East Wind Hotel Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Dine in the Grand Ballroom between 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Diners will enjoy a cornucopia and soup kettle display, a choice of entrees and dessert.  There is a special menu full of delicious choices for the kids. Reservations required. Located at  5720 Route 25A in Wading River. For more information, please call 631-929-6585. View the Thanksgiving menu here

After the traditional family celebrations or the turkey dinner is over, keep on celebrating Thanksgiving over the rest of the long weekend.

November 23, 2012

On Black Friday, many people will be out and about seeking big deals for holiday gifts. We encourage everyone to shop local to support our communities. If you’re looking to avoid the crowds and would rather spend some non-shopping activity time with the kids, here are a couple of options that will be sure to put smiles on their faces.

Take the kids to Pump It Up for some pop-in playtime from 2:00-4:00 pm. Cost is only $8.95 per child or 2 kids for $13. Reservations are required. Located at 1750 Arctic Ave. in Bohemia. For more information call 631-563-3100 or visit the Pump It Up Bohemia website.

Next head over to the Mitchell Park Ice Rink for some ice skating and the Christmas Tree Lighting at 6 pm. This outdoor rink will be open November 22-25. Bring your own skates or rent them at the facility. Located on Front Street in Greenport. For more information, call 631-477-2200 x2 or visit www.greenportvillage.com.

November 24, 2012

Start the day with a little exercise and some charity by participating in a turkey trot. Join Mount Sinai in the 2nd Annual Mount Sinai Turkey Trot 5K at 8:30 am.  Come out and get some exercise, raise money for less fortunate children and have a great time! Proceeds will benefit Holiday Magic of Long Island. The event will offer refreshments, raffles and awards for top overall finishers in each age category. Meet at Mount Sinai High School at 1 Gertrude Goodman Drive in Mount Sinai. For more information, call 631-870-2500 or view the Turkey Trot website here.

After the Turkey Trot, relax by watching the Santa Parade and Visit in Port Jefferson. The Parade Starts at the Long Island Train Station on Main Street at 1 pm. The parade will go down Main Street and around East Main Street to West Broadway. It finishes at the ‘Drown-Meadow Cottage’ on the corner of Barnum and West Broadway.  Santa will be there in ‘Santa’s Workshop’ for photo opportunities. Located on Main Street in Port Jefferson Village. For more information, call 631-473-1414 or visit www.portjeffchamber.com.

End the festivities at the Lighting of Village Christmas Tree at 7:00 pm in Northport. See Santa and his friends, listen to holiday music and view the beautiful holiday decor throughout the Village. The Christmas Tree Lighting and Caroling will take place at Village Park in Northport. For more information, please call 631-754-3905 or visit www.northportny.com.

On Sunday, November 25, spend the day at home recovering from the festive long weekend with the kids. Happy Thanksgiving!


By Tara Arichabala




Photo Credits: freedigitalphotos.net



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