Best Time to Visit Long Island, NY
Long Island is one of the great weekend getaways of New Yorkers and begins just some minutes outside of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Most travellers to New York simply ignore Long Island, but for those who love contrasts, Long Island is a good opportunity.
With its bucolic ambiance, extensive farmlands and wide and sandy Atlantic beaches, Long Island is exactly the opposite side of the Big Apple, just at its edge.
Best time to visit Long Island
When not to go to Long Island
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WHAT TO VISIT IN LONG ISLAND?
Various landscapes mingled with mansions and luxurious estates.
Wide sandy beaches such as Jones Beach and Fire Island.
North Fork: rural farmlands
South Fork (The Hamptons): a luxurious enclave
See: New York State Travel Destinations Map
BEST TIME TO VISIT LONG ISLAND
Long Island weather isn’t very different from that of New York City. Some small differences exist, due to the effect from the sea in the case of Long Island. Summer heat waves and winter colds are less intense in Long Island, but only at a small scale.
In Long Island the weather is very changeable, as in New York City. Precipitation is significant though moderate all over the year. Heat waves in the summer and cold temperatures in the winter and early spring aren’t rare. Long Island, like New York City, experiences below zero minimums in two or three winters out of ten.
Snow is concentrated in the December to February period, but precipitation is an all-months issue.
Spring (April, May, June) and late-summer and early-fall (September, October) are excellent months to explore Long Island.
WHEN NOT TO GO TO LONG ISLAND
For those who want to avoid crowds, summer is a bad period, and autumn and spring the best periods. Springtime (namely May) and September to mid October are indeed the best periods unless you want to enjoy the beach life. In this case, summer is the best period.
See New York Weather Table