Long Island is the best of all worlds. It's close to "the city" (what the locals call Manhattan) yet it maintains it's surburban atmosphere with greenery galore. There are farms (both produce and animal), beaches, public pools, parks, camp sites, arboretums, museums, planetariums, aquariums, nightclubs, golf courses, miniature golf, amusement parks, roller rinks, ice skating rinks, and indoor sports complexes with rock wall climbing, laser tag adventures, 3D motion movies and bowling alleys. Plus there are restaurants of all types of cuisine and price range, ferry trips, private boat rentals if you want to go fishing or site seeing for whales, or horse rentals if you want to take some riding lessons. Some of these are free at all times or on certain days, others only cost the price of parking (you pay one small fee for the day, not an hourly rate like in Manhattan) and many have free parking, as well. You can even see an actual castle! As for the weather, Long Island gets it all - from bright, sunny days in the summer, to fun, snowy days in the winter.