Next time you are making plans with a friend instead of going to lunch why not go for a hike. Walking is great exercise and gives you plenty of time to chat and catch up with your friend. Hiking is also a great alternative for a play date with your littles.

Don’t know a good spot to go for a walk or hike? Try one of these…

Norman J Levy Park – Merrick (FREE) – This park is on a large hill with water views, a fishing pier, fitness trail, goats and roosters.

West Hills County Park – Melville ($13 per car) – Enjoy the wooded trails, picnic area, playground and dog run. You will also see horses and don’t forget to visit Jayne’s Hill, the highest peek on Long Island.

Massapequa Preserve – Massapequa (FREE) – Made up of 432 acres you can enjoy biking and hiking trails as well as fishing and nature walks along the lake and stream.

Sands Point Preserve  – Sands Point ($10 per car) – Has 6 marked trails for hiking including wooded trails, open fields and a pond. Kids will love the dino trail complete with dinosaur footprints!

Avalon Park and Preserve – Stony Brook (FREE)  The park has multiple terrains including wooded trails, a pond, wildflower fields and labyrinth.

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