If you’re ever looking for a place to unwind and get back to nature, Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve in Smithtown is an awesome place to visit.
It was originally a small working farm that was later donated to the town of Smithtown when the owner passed away. You can see the orignal house, silo, old water tower, an old schoolhouse and a bunch of cute farm animals.
Old One Room School House
Amoung the critters are sheep, goats, rabbits, pigs, ponies, a turkey and a cow. Depending on where the animals are being kept that day you can usually pet them and watch their head-butting antics. Don’t forget to bring them some carrots or apples treats!
The property also has really great forest trails to explore with tons wild life around. I highly recommend going during the fall when the trees are changing colors and the air is slightly crisp. The smells of the forest are wonderful and I personally find it really relaxing. You’ll spot many species of birds and may even be lucky enough to spot turtles sunning themselves in the pond.
If you like to see more pictures of nature and animals from Hoyt Farm you can take a look at my earlier blog post.
If you’re ever on Long Island and the weather’s decent, you should definitely take a trip down to Robert Moses Beach. Of course I wouldn’t suggest going smack in the middle of the summer unless you like sitting shoulder to shoulder with hot oiled up New Yorkers.
The beaches are unbearably packed in the summer but I love walking along the empty beach during the fall or early spring. The sand is clean and soft and you can find gorgeous shells and rocks near the water. It’s very peaceful and the view of the ocean is fantastic.You can check out my earlier post for more beach and lighthouse pictures.
Rocks along the beach
From the beach you can also see the Fire Island Lighthouse and if you head towards it you can find boardwalks that will lead you right to it. It’s a great little walk and you can spot dear and rabbits on the way. There are also benches to stop and sit as you go. I’ve taken great pictures of the lighthouse from the path that captures the vast sky behind it and the tall grass in front.
Fire Island Lighthouse
Before you get to the actual lighthouse there is a small building that you can go in to see the original glass that was used for the beacon. There was a little old man working there when I went this weekend and he was able to give us tons of facts and information about the lighthouse. He also gave us a free postcard with the lighthouse on it which I loved.
Original glass for the beacon
The lighthouse itself is right next door. There is a small gift shop inside and you can pay a small admission fee to take a trip up to the top of the lighthouse. We didn’t have time to go to the top this time but I’d definitely suggest doing it if you can. You get a great view of the ocean and the inside of the lighthouse is pretty cool to see.